Thailand Coup D'├ętat

What's happening?

The military in Thailand broadcasted on May 22, 2014 to Thailand announcing that they had taken control of the government and suspended the constitution established in 2007. Leading into the coup, there were months of political unrest and indecision. Earlier that month, the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was removed from power due to political abuse of power. There has also been violence in Bangkok and parts of the country that the military considered likely to worsen. Under martial law, the government has begun enforcing a curfew from 22:00 (10:00 PM) to 5:00 in order to limit the initial reaction to the coup.

The main opponents are the Thailand military and pro-government protesters. There is unrest and frustration from supporters of the government but no violence has broken out.

Other countries are not involved with either the coup or the government of Thailand generally only investors care about what is happening

The conflict is being conducted through legal control and enforcement by soldiers in place of police, although there is no extraordinary fighting or provocation

Martial Law in Thailand was brought on by an ineffective government and political clashing between opposing parties. The army's reasoning for stepping in is to unify the country and pacify the fighting.

Currently there are nonviolent protests and rallying for a new government to replace the military. In theory, these protests are constant and effective in stirring change in people. In practice, the urban and middle class still have a vice grip on the majority of political power and change is not on the horizon. Despite this, it is possible for poor voters to gain a voice through free elections as their numbers carry power.

"Thailand Military Seizes Power in Coup - BBC News." BBC News. N.p., 22 May 2014. Web. 01 May 2015.