Two days after the bloodless coup in Thailand there are signs of a return to normal, with far fewer soldiers on the streets. The atmosphere was relaxed as schools, offices and the stock market re-opened after the one-day national holiday declared by the military. There are concerns over press freedom after editors were summoned by the army and warned not to give personal opinions. During the coup foreign broadcasts were interrupted and replaced by announcements from the military. In Bangkok many Thais said they supported the coup.
“Perhaps it’s working now”, said one woman. “I don’t know if it’s the best solution, but it’s as good as can be for the moment”.
One man said “it’s good because there’s been too much conflict. Now we can see there are going to be general elections”.
The coup has been widely condemned by the international community, although there is some hope that in the long run it could bring much-needed stability. The army general who led the intervention has promised an interim government with a view to restoring democracy within a year.