People's coup takes control of media in Bangkok

People's coup in Thailand occupies BangkokThe people's reform movement in Thailand has occupied government and media facilities in Bangkok after more than 30,000 thronged the capital on Sunday. Thaworn Senneam told the Bangkok Post that executives of the National Broadcasting Service of Thailand (NBT) television station - Channel 11 - have  agreed to air statements by People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep Thaugsuban. According to Thawon, police promised not to use force to disperse the protesters. NBT executives agreed to hook up a signal carrying Mr Suthep's statement to go on air.

A national emergency has been declared by Prime Minister Yingluck, sister of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Thaksin was driven out in 2006 after flagrant abuses, using the government to build his own corporate empire. 2 links to sources follow: (Link 1) The best coverage is in at Bangkok Post, along with the photo here by Thanarak Khoonton: (Link 2) Excellent coverage, along with some background at the Financial Times, you may have to register for free limited access:

Sunday's actions were the culmination of non-violent protests that swelled during the previous week. The opposition is determined to remove the current government, and has called a General Strike Monday. They also secured agreements for some government offices to remain closed in exchange for their departure from the buildings.


More than 7,000 continue to occupy as the police begin to close in. Prime Minister Yingluck has fled to an undisclosed location, and has given orders for the police to re-take the capital. We will soon see to what extent the agreement will be kept at NBT, as we await the official statement from the PDRC.



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