A Coup for the Rich: Thailand’s political Crisis by Giles Ji Ungpakorn

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The split is about how to divide up the spoils of exploitation and the degree to which the State should intervene in the economy. It is certainly true that the Taksin government was sensitive to accusations that there were disagreements with the Palace, but this is more about the legitimacy which the Monarchy gives to a government. As will be shown later, this legitimising function has been cultivated by all governments since Sarit. The 10 th January 2002 issue of the Far Eastern Economic review was banned in Thailand and the editors accused of lèse majesté for writing a short article suggesting that the King was becoming irritated by Taksin’s “arrogance” and his “meddling in royal family affairs” by having “business links with Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn”.

5. Somkiat Pongpaiboon: Lecturer at Korat Rajpat Institute and activist working with teachers’ groups and farmers. D. Spokesperson was Suriyasai Katasila, ex-student activist and head of the Campaign for Popular Democracy. Crudely speaking, businessman Sondhi Limtongkul provided the funds and publicity for the movement, via his media outlets, while the other four leaders helped to draw supporters to the rallies. ). Some comparisons can be made with the Philippines in the case of the anti-Arroyo movement.

45 In December 2003 the King called on the government to carry out an investigation into the killings of the 2,245 people. 44 A Coup For the Rich Thailand’s political Crisis sometimes seek to solve crises together with society, according to the definition of a Democratic Constitutional Monarchy? If we want a Head of State in this style, then surely we must have the right to make the Head of State publicly accountable. We must have the right to criticise the institution and make suggestions in order that the Head of State can perform his or her duties properly.

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