Military In Politics: Thailand | Insight | Full Episode

Since the 1932 revolution which ended 150 years of absolute monarchy in Thailand, the kingdom has had 13 successful military coups and 11 attempted coups. In other words, the military has proven itself to be a constant threat to civilian rule and democracy, ready to grab power when the opportunity avails itself.

But its intervention in the nation’s politics has generated a lot of resentment and resistance from Thai citizens who want the military to stay out of politics for good. To prevent that from happening, the military has drafted a new constitution which gives the institution a permanent role in politics.

To what extent can the people accept the new political framework? Will the military’s permanent presence in politics bring about greater stability, progress and developments to Thailand? Or will it lead to a continued turmoil and further deepen authoritarian rule in the country?

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10 comments

  1. As a thai I can say that this is a pretty good overview of the overall situation

    However, there’s an important part that documentary touched upon a little but didn’t delve much into. The monarchy had always influenced politic through the military, it’s just that lese majeste law prevent people from discussing it publicly. When you hear people talk about “institution”, it’s a fair bet that this is what they mean. They are the one who make the call whether to allow a coup or not, and it’s a mutalism relationship. The military can do anything and say that they are protecting the monarchy, protecting the traditional thai culture, while monarchy get the military into power to get rid of anyone unfavorable to monarchy or “too popular”.

    But the situation is changing, the majestic image of monarchy is in now in tatters after recent throne succession when that bumbling idiot took over and didn’t even have the decency to keep up appearance. You can see this in the turnout of royalist supporter which is a husk of its former self, people are also less afraid to criticise him now. The rest is just waiting for the legacy of the old king to peters off. After that it would be citizen vs military which might not end well imo.

    who know what the future will bring, I do hope for the best though.

  2. As long as you have money to bribe the military and the police in Thailand, It’s super sabai-sabai…

  3. the Democrats, yellow shirt, royalist, military and etc. are sore losers
    if you can’t win an election, why are you keep playing with the people’s hearts?
    without the monarchy, Thailand will be a military state like Myanmar
    also, the daily minimum wage in Thailand is 330 baht, it’s the yellow shirt that oppresses the rest of the country

  4. the yellow shirt was losing their meth and other drugs money during Thaksin’s premiership
    that’s why they accused him of being corrupted, being a republican, and etc.

  5. What I saw in Thailand is Strict Monarchy rule, Military power over politics , and beautiful girls at Pattaya bars…😇