A Coup for the Rich by Giles Ji Ungpakorn

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The problem with applying “ruling class conflict theories” to the crisis in the South, or the 19th September coup, is that they lead 4 5 6 Speech by Pipop Thogchai at the Peoples Assembly on the 2005 election, held at the Engineering Faculty, Chulalongkorn University, Sunday 23 January 2005. See Bangkok Post 28 February 2005, page 1. Ji Giles Ungpakorn (2003) Radicalising Thailand. New Political Perspectives. Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. pp 33 & 204. Giles Ji Ungpakorn 51 people to over-look the real issues of conflict in Thai society between the rulers and the ruled.

42 Section 7 of the 1997 Constitution stated that in time of crisis the King could appoint a Prime Minister. D. in 2006, there was much debate about whether the period before and after the 2nd April 2006 elections was an appropriate time to use Section 7. 42 A Coup For the Rich Thailand’s political Crisis Section 7 does not state that the Monarch can make decisions on everything... if that was done people would say that the Monarch had exceeded his duties. I have never asked for this nor exceeded my duties.

34 A Coup For the Rich Thailand’s political Crisis February to April 2006. The largest of these rallies was attended by up to 100,000 people. D. chose 5 leaders to lead the movement: 1. Sondhi Limtongkul: Conservative Royalist media tycoon and owner of the Manager Group. 2. Chamlong Simuang: Ex-Palang Tham Party leader, leading light in the Buddhist Santi Asoke movement and one of the leaders of the May 1992 democracy protest. 3. Somsak Kosaisuk: Retired leader of the Railway workers union, Organiser of the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee and one of the leaders of the May 1992 democracy movement.

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