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Thailand to deploy troops to anti-coup protests

July 27, 2007

BANGKOK (AFP) – Thailand‘s junta chief said Friday that he will deploy troops to reinforce security measures by police at anti-coup protests this weekend.

“I have already told the army commander for the central region to deploy troops to back up the work of police officers to handle the situation from now on,” said General Sonthi Boonyaratglin.

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Toward a less democratic Thailand


Toward a less democratic Thailand

July 26, 2007

By Shawn W Crispin
The Asia Times
July 26, 2007

BANGKOK – The consensus is that Thailand’s new military-drafted constitution will likely pass a highly anticipated national referendum on August 19. New political parties are fast forming to contest the democratic polls scheduled for the end of this year. And the military seems sincere in its stated intention to hand power over to a new elected government.

In the transition, however, it’s apparent that Thailand’s democracy will be compromised in significant ways …

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