Friday May 23 : Evening : Live blog of the coup aftermathBy Bangkok Pundit May 23, 2014 4:42PM UTC
21:05: Andrew Buncombe of The Independent tweets:
Army spokesman Col Werachon Sukhondhadhpatipak says Gen Prayuth does not intend to visit King. Documents dispatched to palace for signing.
— AndrewBuncombe (@AndrewBuncombe) May 23, 2014
BP: Have been wondering about the lack of royal audience or imagery. Courtesy of ZenJournalist is the below comparison:
BP: Interesting is all that I will say…
21:00: New York Times on one prominent (and independent from the mass red shirt leadership) red:
One prominent member of the movement supporting the deposed government, Sombat Boonngamanong, wrote in a Facebook message that he would defy a military summons. “Catch me if you can,” he titled his post.
“I don’t accept the power of the coup makers,” he wrote, urging Thais to “join the resistance.”
Below is Sombat/Nuling’s latest announcement:
แถลงการณ์ แกนนอน ฉบับที่ 2 “แต่งแดง กินแม็คโดนัล อาทิตย์นี้” pic.twitter.com/3kLqq5FTW0
— บก.ลายจุด (@nuling) May 23, 2014
BP: Says for people to meet at Rajaprasong on May 25 at lunchtime…
From the earlier protests in Bangkok, the military have detained same people:
— Sutharee Wannasiri (@SuthareeW) May 23, 2014
Prachatai puts it at 5:
— Saksith Saiyasombut (@Saksith) May 23, 2014
As well-known prolific tweeter Barrow notes:
Images of people protesting on social media will encourage more to join next time. They aim to meet again tomorrow at 5pm at BACC #ThaiCoup
— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) May 23, 2014
BP: Agree, although there are some difficulties with organizing such events given you face the threat of arrest. It take the PDRC weeks to get a real critical mass and that was with unrestricted media and no legal restrictions on movement.
Yingluck has been detained and it seems not just for a few hours:
— Saksith Saiyasombut (@Saksith) May 23, 2014
Andrew Buncombe of The Independent has confirmation:
Army spokesman Colonel Werachon Sukhondhadhpatipak says Yingluck will be held for 2-3 days. “She is one of people involved in the conflict.”
— AndrewBuncombe (@AndrewBuncombe) May 23, 2014
BP: Because that will work and stop protests…
20:35. Crispin for ATOL has a new article. Key excerpts:
The brazen move will have wide-ranging implications for national stability and the future of democracy. As coup-makers consolidated their rights-curbing control on Friday, analysts and observers are weighing the potential for a backlash response.
While Prayuth insisted previously that a putsch would not resolve the long-running political crisis pitting supporters and detractors of former premier Thaksin, his heavy-handed intervention will likely bear out that prediction and accentuate already deep-seated divisions in Thai society.
With that signal sent to potential provocateurs, Prayuth and his junta co-leaders have apparently calculated that Thaksin and the UDD lack the capacity and will to mount a significantly destabilizing response to their putsch. That strategic assessment no doubt draws on recent tepid UDD mobilizations…
They will also have been emboldened by indications that recent Thaksin-influenced policies… have fragmented and diluted support for the so-called “Red Shirt” movement.
Yingluck’s boondoggle rice price-support scheme, a populist measure that won her party votes at the 2011 polls, is now believed to have eroded grassroots support for both the UDD and Peua Thai party among a large number of indebted and unpaid farmers. The UDD’s protest on the outskirts of Bangkok was suppressed with little resistance on Thursday…
Thaksin and his UDD supporters will be keen to show earlier rather than later that Prayuth’s coup-makers have badly miscalculated their strength and numbers. How Thaksin’s camp calibrates its mix of diplomacy and violence will be pivotal to future stability and level of military repression.
BP: It won’t be so easy to mobilize people overnight against the coup given all the restrictions in place. More likely to take weeks rather than days to reach any kind of critical mass. Protests will likely be scattered. The military is never that good in dealing with protests and an ironfist may result in more people coming out quickly…
20:10: London Evening Standard has a story with date stamp of May 23, 2014 entitled “Taking refuge in 5-star Hampshire hotel: the Thai Crown Prince and his retinue of 30″ (google is your friend). Key excerpts:
The Crown prince of Thailand has set up camp at a five-star hotel in the Hampshire countryside…
Guards, some wearing colourful uniforms, are stationed inside and out, closely monitoring the movements of other guests. A well drilled security operation took place as the prince returned to the hotel at 9pm. A fleet of cars sped to the front entrance while staff locked all doors leading into the main reception, screening the royal party from view. Less than three minutes later, the doors were reopened and everything returned to normal.
A hotel employee confirmed their presence, saying: “The Thai prince is staying here, he has about 30 people with him. We have hardly seen them as they have been very private. They are staying for 10 days. I don’t think they have visited here before.”
Royals have been keeping a distance from other residents and visitors, although they did venture to dinner at the weekend. One guest said: “They have taken over a whole wing of the hotel. The place is crawling with security. I was sat next to the prince at dinner, who was eating with a lady. They were receiving a lot of attention.
BP: Interesting given the timing of events in Bangkok.
h/t a reader
20:00: Reuters has Prayuth stating as per below the explanation for the below that there must be reform before elections:
I want all civil servants to help organize the country,” he said. “We must have economic, social and political reforms before elections. If the situation is peaceful, we are ready to return power to the people.”
BP: Essentially the PDRC agenda…
19:20: Bangkok Post‘s Wassana has posted on FB the below new administrative structure with an explanation including that Prayuth is Acting PM and there will be reform of all sectors in the country before there will be an election (เพื่อปฏิรูปในทุกส่วน ให้บ้านเมือง เรียบร้อย ก่อน จากนั้น จะจัดให้มีการเลือกตั้ง):
1. Security group consisting of Defence, Interior Foreign, and ICT under the responsibility of Supreme Commander Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn (1 หน่วยขึ้นตรง ได้แก่1.ฝ่ายความมั่นคง คือ กห.-มท.-กต.-ICT มีผบ.สส.รับผิดชอบ)
2. Economic group consisting of Finance, Commerce, Industry, Agriculture, Labour, Transport, and Energy which is under the responsibility of Army C-in-C Prayuth ( 2.ฝ่ายเศรษฐกิจ ประกอบด้วย 7 กระทรวง คลัง-พาณิชย์-อุตฯ-เกษตรฯ-แรงงาน-คมนาคม-พลังงาน มีผบ.ทบ.รับผิดชอบ)
BP: ThaiPBS says these are supervised by Air Force C-in-C ACM Prajin Jantong and another part of what Wassana states that is the Air Force.
3. Social and psychological group consisting of Education, Public Health, Social Development and Human Security under the responsibility of Navy C-in-C Admiral Narong Pipattanasai (ฝ่ายสังคมและจิตวิทยา คือ ก.ศึกษา-สธ.-พม มีผบ.ทร. รับผิดชอบ)
4. Legal group consisting of Justice, Attorney-General’s Office, the Anti-Money Laundering Office under the responsibility of Lt-Gen Paibul Kumchaya, Assistant Army C-in-C (ฝ่ายกฎหมายและกระบวนการยุติธรรม คือ ก.ยุติธรรม-อสส.-ปปง. มีพล.อ.ไพบูลย์ ผช.ผบ.ทบ. รับผิดชอบ)
5. Special Operations group consisting of all units under the jurisdiction of the PM’s Office exception the Budget Bureau are the responsibility of national police chief Pol Gen Adaul Saengsingkaew (5.ฝ่ายกิจการพิเศษ คือ สำนักนายกฯ เว้นสำนักงบฯ มี ผบ.ตร. รับผิดชอบ)
6. Direct units, such as ISOC, National Security Council, National Intelligence Agency, Budget Bureau, and Royal Thai Police under the care of Prayuth himself (6.หน่วยขึ้นตรง เช่น กอ.รมน.-สมช.-สำนักข่าวกรอง-สำนักงบฯ-สตช. มี พล.อ.ประยุทธ์ รับผิดชอบ เอง)
BP: Complete control by the junta. When are they going to get a civilian PM? Or will it stay with Prayuth or go to Prawit?
19:00: Wassana (the Bangkok Post‘s military beat reporter) tweets that a source tells her that Yingluck together with other Shinawatra family members have been detained by the military; unsure of location:
แหล่งข่าว ยืนยันว่า อดีตนายกฯ ยิ่งลักษณ์ โดยทหารควบคุมตัว ไว้แล้วพรัอมแกนนำสายชินวัตร กปปส.ที่มารายงานตัววันนี้ทั้งหมด ยังไม่รู้สถานที่
— Deep Blue Sea (@WassanaNanuam) May 23, 2014
From US Embassy:
— U.S. Embassy Bangkok (@USEmbassyBKK) May 23, 2014
BP: Mainly along the lines of US Secretary of State’s statement earlier. Again quite strong from the US. BP understands that for the military junta briefing with diplomats that most western embassies did not send their ambassadors, but instead Defence Attaches (in civilian clothing) and/or low-level diplomats so as not confer any legitimacy…
Not all Ministers are reporting to the junta:
– @ktnews reports Jaturon, former education minister, will not report to NPOMC, saying he haven’t done anything wrong.
— Tulip Naksompop (@Tulip_Oum) May 23, 2014
Original post below:
Below are some various images of small-scale protests against the coup:
— Alessio Fratticcioli (@fratticcioli) May 23, 2014
From the Bangkok Post‘s Achara:
— noi thamma (@noithamma) May 23, 2014
— Samantha Hawley (@samanthahawley) May 23, 2014
Final one for now:
— Beacon White (@whitebeacon) May 23, 2014
Also, there was a protest by a journalist:
ผมสลดใจที่สุดเมื่อรู้ข่าวว่า “น้องเจี๊ยบ”นักข่าวสาวที่ปิดปากถ่ายรูปกับทหาร โดนต้นสังกัดไล่ออกแล้ว pic.twitter.com/Sqc6RBqgh2
— joe black (@joe_black317) May 23, 2014
BP: The above tweeter, who is a journalist with Khao Sod, tweets that above her protest, she was fired…