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So…as of last night, Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m. ICT the Thai military is now in control of the government.
This move comes after months of protests, which started in November, a handful of violent clashes, the dissolution of parliament and ousting of the prime minister and is creating a lot of questions and speculation from Thai citizens, expats, and travelers both in and planning on coming to Thailand.
As of right now, the military is in charge with the army chief as acting prime minister and there’s a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
While I’m in no position to comment on anything that’s happening, so far, I’ve found the best way to get an idea about what’s going on, particularly people’s moods or reactions, is through Twitter – not huge media outlets like CNN or BBC. While these are helpful for background information, they don’t portray what anything actually means for day to day life here which is what’s more important for those of us living or traveling to Thailand.
If you’re interested in reading more and monitoring the situation, here are some suggestions on who to follow on Twitter for Thailand coup updates:
Also the hashtags being used are: