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Thailand's Military Dictatorship Endangered by Impassioned Students | CATO - Oct. 22, 2020 |

The current military junta traces its roots back to 2001. Politics was then dominated by a traditional business‐ oriented elite that was comfortable with the special and highly profitable position of the military and court. (For instance, Prayuth's family has enjoyed lucrative army contracts.) Left out were the poor, marginalized, and disadvantaged.

Along came billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra, who played the populist card, winning election in 2001 and 2005. There was much to criticize in his policies, but what most angered his opponents was that they were out of power and the wrong people were benefiting from government. In 2006, the military staged a coup while Thaksin was out of the country. In 2008, he was convicted of corruption in absentia in a show trial. The military also dissolved his party and banned him and many of his allies from participating in politics.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 10th, 2022 at 08:10:43 AM EST
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