Royal Thai Army, Thailand coup d'e'tat, 19/ 11/ 2006
The 2006 Thailand coup d'e'tat took place on Tuesday 19
September 2006, when the Royal Thai Army staged a coup against
the government of caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The coup, which was Thailand's first in fifteen years, followed
a year-long political crisis involving Thaksin and political opponents
and occurred less than a month before nation-wide House elections
were originally scheduled to be held. The military cancelled the
upcoming elections, suspended the Constitution, dissolved Parliament,
banned protests and all political activities, suppressed and censored
the media, declared martial law, and arrested Cabinet members.
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