The General: Thailand Military Coup


Punn Siwabutr
Crisis Director

In May 2014, the people of Thailand faced the nineteenth coup in their history. The last one, in 2006, had made international news when tanks rolled down the street near the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, signalling the military's retaking of the reins of government. In this case, the people had been fed up with a corrupt and incompetent series of Prime Ministers, including the vacillating Democrat Abhisit Vejjajiva and the deeply unpopular Yingluck Shinawatra. Delegates would assume the role of the military: General Prayuth Chan-o-cha (the current Prime Minister, as of 2018) and his cabinet consisting of powerful members of the military/aristocratic complex. Their role would be to find a way to best overthrow the government that people have been so frustrated with, and institute a new era for Thailand - or a new era for themselves.