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Thai Military Stages Coup, Insists Country is Still Open For Business

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Thailand seemed all but destined for yet another period of military rule after the military deposed the government and declared martial law in the country. Today's declaration of a military coup ushers in the twelfth time the military has controlled the nation since the end of monarchy rule in 1932.

    The military has imposed a nationwide curfew, but insisted that tourists should feel free to go about the country and ensured them the military will provide security for foreigners traveling throughout the country. It may seem unusual that a military stages a coup and encourages tourism to continue unabated, but Thailand is not your typical country.

    While the military insists it is safe to travel to the country, it seems like the rest of the world is not listening. Tourism has taken a major hit since major protests broke out last year and the staging of a military coup will surely make people think twice before booking their next vacation in the Southeast Asian country. The military was surely aware of this, but most likely calculated that restoring order in the country would eventually convince tourists to return, even if the tourism industry takes a short term loss.

    Is anyone following this crisis? What are your thoughts about reports of 'business as usual' in the country after the military staged its coup? Is the country so used to military coups that the country hardly notices when they do it again? There are multiple reports of tourists and citizens taking selfies with soldiers and it being an almost party like atmosphere in the capital city. Could it be that the citizens are welcome to the military taking over? Or are the reports of calm a smoke screen to convince the world that it is safe to travel there?
  • Center Left
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    Charlotte, NC
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    It's so hard to tell what's actually going on over there. Yes, I would think that the citizens are pretty used to it by now. But I do think it's a little strange martial law is in effect for the whole country, yet tourist are under no restrictions, or even allowed in. You would think something of that magnitude being put into place would have quite a dramatic toll on everyone. Including visitors.
  • Center Left
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    The Thai Army Chief just announced additional conditions to their martial law rulings for citizens:

    Curfew between 10pm and 5am is now being strictly enforced.

    All schools are now closed indefinitely.

    Nearly all of their constitution is currently null and void.

    There is now a ban on gatherings of more than 5 people in one place at a time.

    And finally a harsh warning to the media NOT to criticize their military.

    Also, the Army just announced travel bans on 'prominent figures'. I don't think anyone should be traveling (let alone trying to plan a vacation) to Thailand any time soon.
  • Independent
    Widefield, CO
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    sbfriedman Wrote: The Thai Army Chief just announced additional conditions to their martial law rulings for citizens:

    Curfew between 10pm and 5am is now being strictly enforced.
    Not uncommon with any country with the civil unrest that Thailand has been experiencing for years...
    sbfriedman Wrote:
    All schools are now closed indefinitely.
    Possibly a major issue, since Thai schools run from May through February (I had to look it up), but when things calm down they can adjust the school year as needed.
    sbfriedman Wrote:
    Nearly all of their constitution is currently null and void.
    From the sounds of things, it already was for the those that lived outside the cities.
    sbfriedman Wrote:
    There is now a ban on gatherings of more than 5 people in one place at a time.
    Would be an issue here in the US, but again, they are in a time of civil unrest and have been for years.
    sbfriedman Wrote:
    And finally a harsh warning to the media NOT to criticize their military.
    Now that's an issue, but not really one that concerns the US, IMO. Their country, their rules.
    sbfriedman Wrote:
    Also, the Army just announced travel bans on 'prominent figures'. I don't think anyone should be traveling (let alone trying to plan a vacation) to Thailand any time soon.
    I agree with you. I however don't think this is an issue the US should get involved in. Watch, yes, but its really none of our business at the moment. We aren't the world's police after all. (Neither is the UN the world's rulers, so I don't see why they seem to be trying to dictate who can do what)