Updated: Marking the coup

18 09 2013

On 19 September 2006, a palace-military coup threw out Thaksin Shinawatra and his Thai Rak Thai Party government.

Khaosod reports that red shirts plan “to take to the streets tomorrow to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the military coup…”.

As the report notes,

the 2006 coup is generally regarded as a turning point in Thai modern history, sparking the turbulent period which saw the appointments and elections of 5 Prime Ministers in the space of 7 years, and occasional outbursts of political violence that have claimed more than 100 lives.

Some groups will rally at parliament to “Remember the Disgraceful 7 Years,” noting how human right abuses spiked, especially the royalist use of lese majeste, and how the military-backed 2007 Constitution had established undemocratic institutions and practices.

Others will rally at Ratchaprasong, one of the sites of the 2010 red shirt uprising.

Notably:

the official leadership of the Redshirts, the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), has refused to organise any street rally to commemorate the coup anniversary, contrary to previous years.

Update: Some photos of the parliament house rally here.


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