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The problems augmented after the putsch in 2014

Thailand’s ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother Thaksin Shinawatra, left Japan for Hong Kong. Yingluck was granted permission for entry by the Japanese government. The junta in Bangkok, especially the leader Prayut (left), seems to have been extremely miffed, while deputy minister Prawit (left) is suspected of having accepted Rolex watches as bribes.  

The problems augmented after the putsch in 2014. The military government promises a return to democracy since then, but nothing happens. Open discussions about political questions are forbidden. The economy is seriously struggling and survives to a considerable part only by the money brought by the tourists who generally do not much care about this fact. The most critical themes are nuisances about the monarchy. Reporting them brings the very real danger of jail terms of 15 years per each "offense". But pictures of the new king who has a splendid residence in Bavaria showing him there in a crop top go on circulating and ridiculing him. This fact makes him vulnerable for the military which undeniably often has been in rivalry with various kings.  

Yingluck Shinawatra and brother Thaksin leave Japan for Hong Kong  

News from Thailand (The Guardian)

The only still existing free Thai press (Prachatai)  

Bangkok Post   

Updated Febr. 12, 2018