Thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing by sea from Myanmar, abetted by human smugglers whose crews later abandon ships mid-crossing. The surge in sea crossings has led to finger pointing among neighboring countries.
Underlying political gridlock is concern over who will replace King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch.
For many Thais, the military coup last week was a familiar scene. Although Thailand has had 12 successful coups, this one is a sharper turn, with a stronger ideological element.
The former education minister was detained today after emerging from hiding to urge a return to civilian rule. The military has summoned over 200 journalists, academics, and businessmen.
Thailand's Army chief denies that he's staged a coup, insisting that he would return power to civilians provided warring political factions can strike a deal to end months of destabilizing protests.