The daily coup denial

You might not be aware of that… but it’s now a weekly (or even daily) recurrence : a military official -or a member of the government- denies “rumors of coup”.

Those “denials” and “rumors” are dutifully reported by the press.

Eventually, it’s totally ridiculous. Can you imagine a “normal” country where every week a top ranking officer or minister feels an urgent need to “deny coup rumors”… ?

That shows, if it was necessary, that the current situation in Thailand is not normal.

Gen Boonsrang Niempradit on Thursday said rumours that top military brass had met with privy council president Gen Prem Tinsulanonda on Wednesday night to discuss a possible coup as “unfounded”.

The Supreme Commander said he was busy welcoming his Indonesia counterpart last night so it was impossible for him to have met with Gen Prem.

He also explained that Air Force Chief and former acting chairman of the Council for National Security Chalit Phukphasuk was also on his way back from Chiang Mai last night so there was no way he could have held talks with Gen Prem. (Bangkok Post)

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Thailand Crisis

Coup, Economic slowdown, Terror In the South... The situation is worsening in Thailand. Bumpy road like often before.

But this time, it's different.

The key to understand the present turmoil is the inevitable... succession of King Bhumibol.

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