Asia Sentinel on monarchy and coup

30 03 2011

If readers haven’t seen it already, Asia Sentinel has an assessment of the monarchy drawn from Wikileaks. It suggests that the “coup in September 2006 ousted Thaksin…. The palace has been implicated in supporting that coup by numerous sources.”

The report cites an anonymous source: “What can I say?… The monarchy was directly involved in Thai politics and continues to do so. As much as the king has intervened in politics himself, some of his close aides often claim to act on his behalf even when the King knows nothing about it.”

PPT doubts this latter claim. “But you must look at the monarchy as a network that also comprises the Privy Council, the military, and not just an individual.”



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