Before the coup on May 22, Thailand could be compared to a person suffering from painful indigestion, bloated with gas from months of internal conflict between parties intellectually and emotionally divided. It seemed only a matter of time before something gave way.
After May 22, the patient was force-fed three pills. With the first, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) imposed its curfew, clamped down on the media and banned political protests to impose an uneasy state of peace on the population.
With the second came the promise that, assuming peace continues, a new government will be formed to lead the country.
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