September 19, 2006


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Today marks the fifth anniversary of Thailand's most recent coup. Where were you on the evening of September 19, 2006? I was in Bangkok with friends at a bar called Cafe Democ, near Khaosan Road. We were partying away when all of a sudden a tank drove by and our Thai friends started getting phone calls that something big was going down and that they should go home.

coup memorabilia in Bangkok

I didn't really understand what was happening or even know much about Thailand's history at that point, but there was clearly something unusual happening. I ended up going home and spending the night watching events unfold on the BBC. It was fascinating and it was bloodless, despite the large number of tanks and troops on the streets.

Over the next few days I became something of a coup tourist and went around enjoying the sights of soliders with seemingly most of the rest of Bangkok. It was that experience that inspired me to start this blog. A lot of my initial posts were about the whole experience and while I wasn't always especially well informed, I still felt like I had something to say.

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One thought on “September 19, 2006

  1. I was in Perth, Australia when the coup occurred. Was not surprised, was expecting. Mr T had annoyed the traditional 'elite' too much too often. I will say that it is a sign of Thai culture that he was only harassed, not murdered in some grisly fashion. Is this due to Buddhism v Xianity?
    Here's hoping that the new 'red shirt' government of Thailand will bring a measure of social justice to the country.

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