A plot to overthrow the monarchy _ that is what the PAD has been calling any move initiated by Thaksin Shinawatra from the time the yellow shirts took to the streets in 2005 up until the Constitution Court ruling on Friday. Where does this fear, hysteria even, come from? Perhaps it's because there have already been two successful plots against the monarchy.
The 1932 coup that ended absolute monarchy happened because winds of change were blowing across the globe. The 20th century was one of revolutions. Thailand was lucky that ours was not bloody. The strategy of the coup makers was well executed and the transformation to a democratic system was relatively smooth; the quick turnabout to fascism was unfortunate.
In 1933, the royalist faction led by Prince Boworadet rebelled against the new regime. The rebellion was successfully crushed by Lt Col Plaek Pibulsongkram and other officers of the military branch of the People's Party that staged the 1932 coup.
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