Second Anniversary of Thailand Coup
More than 200 people marched in Bangkok on Sunday to protest military rule on the second anniversary of Thailand Coup that toppled the country’s elected government.
The march in Bangkok was one of the biggest anti-junta protests since the takeover and was treated with unusual tolerance by the authorities, who usually take a heavy-handed approach to dissent, both on the streets and online.
The protest was spearheaded by a small group of students who have been involved in a string of spirited smaller demonstrations that represent the most significant public opposition to military rule.
The army took power on May 22, 2014, after several months of militant and sometimes violent protests against the government of then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, was ousted as prime minister in a 2006 coup, and his supporters and opponents have been engaged in a political power struggle since then.
Sunday’s march came less than three months before a referendum on a new, contentious, military-directed constitution. Critics say the charter would weaken political parties and force future governments to stick to policies preordained by the junta. A new law threatens heavy punishment for anyone campaigning for a “no” vote, but marchers took the chance to make their views known.
Some protesters wore T-shirts that said in English “Vote No,” and in Thai “No to a future that we have not chosen.” They called for the draft charter’s rejection and staged a mock ballot in which they cast votes against it.
The march covered historic ground, from Thammasat University, known for its political activism, to nearby Democracy Monument, a popular venue for mass protests. It was peaceful except for some minor disruptions by a handful of counter-demonstrators whom police isolated from the marchers.
2 years back, on May 22, 2014. The Thai military took control of Thailand in a coup and gave its chief Prayuth the powers of prime minister. Let’s all celebrate and rejoice! The Second Anniversary of Thailand Coup.
Photos of Happiness across Thailand, celebrating 2-year Anniversary of
Thanks, Prayuth for bringing Happiness to the people. It’s not enough arresting the political activist student and destroying his career for expressing his views on Junta, Go arrest his mother too, the only bread winner for the family. Go after the whole family. This is true democracy.
Thanks for forcing a government on us. I am so happy with your new definition of democracy and for protecting us from “real” democracy. I feel “Free”. Arrest any opposing free voice.
Thanks for the well written 12 values by PM Prayuth that are enforced on all students to read and memorize. I read them 5 times/day, sometimes I sing your “happiness” song. I am so happy with so many values now and I can see the results of your core values on the faces of those students who are getting arrested for standing up for what’s right!
I feel “good” that Eastern Tigers gang are in power now and controlling the country with no accountability. “Eastern Tigers made considerable wealth by trading gems with Cambodian Khmer Rouge insurgents”. It doesn’t get better than this.
Keep the Elites rich and happy. New companies will show up soon, of course owned by your corrupt selected Elites to get a big cut of the billions spent on the new railway system with China and the Russian Mi-17V5 helicopters. Please, stay in power until all these fat rich projects are done, so we can guarantee that all these billions will stay in your corrupted family of thugs!
I am sure the rice farmers are “so happy” and enjoying their struggle to survive and pay their debts with no rice subsidy program as before and no second rice crop. It’s Loan Sharks time to take over these crushed farmers’ land and their livelihood! Who cares! They are Buffalos!