German researcher says Thailand high risk of more coups

With the middle class of Bangkok, including most press, welcoming the 2006 coup, and as recent as 2012, a protest by the far extreme right wing, calling for a coup to freeze Thailand, getting about 10K to 20K protesters,  a question many ask is if more coup can occur in Thailand? Many say “Yes” a coup can occur again in Thailand. Only last week, PM Yingluck Shinawatra delivered a pro Democracy speech in Mongolia. That speech has out-raged the Elite Establishment and its press. Abhisit’s Democrat Part, in response, rush out a letter to deliver to the globe, refusing to call the 2006 Coup, a Coup, but says, quote: “The military intervene.”   “The more coups in the past, the more likely coups will take place in the future, so Thailand is a high-risk, coup-prone country,” says Aurel Croissant, author of the book Democratisation and Civilian Control, where the book research on the topic over four years in which more than 180 people in Thailand were interviewed.  He was speaking at the “Democratic Control of the Military: Thailand in Comparative Perspective” forum at Chulalongkorn University‘s Institute of Security and International Studies. The forum was held with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES).  Thailand has made poor progress making the transition from military to civilian rule and faces a high risk of future coups, he says. He says Thailand has experienced 18 coups since 1932. The book ranks Thailand fifth in the world for the number of coups staged between 1946 and 2010. Thailand remains among those countries that have failed to institutionalize civilian control over the military, according to an expert on the military’s role in Asia, says Croissant (Source).

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