Thailand Coup Live From reddit … via COMMENTS!!!

19 09 2006

A reddit member is reporting live from Bangkok via comments!!!  (reddit.com)

Holy crap!  Hope this guy stays safe.

@ 2:24 : FIRST AND SECOND “OFFICIAL” ANNOUNCEMENT

from the now government-in-control (thus the renumbering). I am going to make it brief since, unfortunately, I am very tired right now.

Basically, all high-level staffs from every ministry, including head of universities, are to report to the coup leader by tomorrow to be briefed about the new policies they are about to enforce.

Also, September 20, 2006 is now declared a holiday for banks and stock markets in order to facilitate the transition process.

On the other hand, there have been rumors that the U.S. President will soon announce his stance against this coup. We can only hope his interference won’t worsen things.

overall status report @ 3:11

I’m going to sleep. Dead tired. Here is a brief summary of things.

It is the middle of the night here. Soldiers have taken over all important political outposts in Bangkok. Tanks and armed guards can be seen everywhere. Traffic is still allowed to flow, though few will doubt that this is probably one of the worst times to travel.

All television channels are currently broadcasting the same stuff over and over: patriotic videos dedicated to HMKing that were used in previous coups. (It should be noted that the King Himself has absolutely nothing to do with this). New announcements are made from time to time, generally replayed twice or thrice for each, in alternative with the announcement screen (white text on blue screen of coup). Cable TV is still down, disconnecting the majority of the citizens from most, if not all trustworthy news sources.

Cellphones and Internet are up by now. It is somewhat unlikely that they will be severed again.

The coup currently holds full control over the country’s governmental power, notably the prime minister’s and ministers’. The Constitution has been trashed. The whole country is effectively under the martial law. As if those aren’t bad enough; the flood in the northern Thailand and terrorism in the southern haven’t gotten any better at all. Universities are suspended indefinitely. Banks and stock markets will take a break tomorrow.

I hope to see you then.

Visit the site and read all the comments the reddit memeber posts. Its pretty interesting.


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