And now a coup in Thailand

A couple days ago, the Thai military declared martial law but insisted it wasn’t a military coup. Now it’s a coup:

The Thai military launched its coup Thursday under the guise of peace talks, which it was brokering. For the second day in a row, representatives from both sides of the country’s main political divide showed up at a military site in the afternoon. This time, according to local media reports, at least some were not allowed to leave, and other protest leaders were soon rounded up across Bangkok.

Among those detained was Suthep Thaugsuban, the leader of the anti-government movement. The pro-government group, known as the Red Shirts, said on Twitter that some of its leaders were also detained.

In some ways, this is exactly what the anti-government movement (the yellow shirts) wanted–the elected government is out of power and there will be an un-elected interim government. The last coup ended with a prime minister from the yellow shirt side in power, we’ll see what happens this time.

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