Thailand: Military Government Outlaws the Opposition

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June 3, 2007: In the south, nearly a thousand young Moslems demonstrated against the presence of so many soldiers in the south. The security forces have imposed a lot of movement restrictions, and are often rough if they encounter any resistance. The military government is apparently planning to impose even harsher measures in the south.

June 2, 2007: The military government has ordered the former prime ministers party disbanded, and banned former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra from participating in politics. In response, over 5,000 people demonstrated against the coup in the capital. Thaksin was very popular, and would probably still win an election. But he offended many urban groups and government employees, who conspired to oust him. Now the military government has to try and run new elections that will not bring to power politicians who will feel obliged to punish the coup organizers. May 31, 2007: In the south, a roadside bomb killed twelve soldiers, and Islamic militants killed five Moslems near a mosque that opposed terrorism. Another four people were killed in attacks on non-Moslems in the south.

May 28, 2007: Six small bombs that went off in southern tourist areas yesterday were considered set by political, not Islamic militant, groups. Thirteen people were injured, and the bombs were similar to those set off in the capital last December. Australia, Canada, France and Japan have reacted by warning their citizens to think twice about going to Thailand.

 

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