- Posted May 23, 2014 by
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Thai military declares coup
Ousted PM answer Military summon
Bangkok ---Thailand's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra reported to the kingdom's military junta on Friday, an aide said, after dozens of prominent figures were summoned in the wake of a coup.
Yingluck, who was ousted by the courts in a controversial, but seemingly justifiable, ruling earlier this month, arrived at an army facility in Bangkok in her private bullet-proof vehicle, said Wim Rungwattanajinda.
Dozens of politicians also reported on Friday to National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC), including caretaker premier Niwutthamrong Boonsongpaisan.
The move came a day after the military declared a coup when its effort to bring rival factions together to seek a solution to the country’s political impasse failed.
Caretaker premier was among the politicians reporting to NPOMC at the Royal Army Club. Reporters and cameramen were barred from entering the Royal Army Club, only those of army-run Channel 5 were permitted.
Niwattumrong’s car was seen arriving at the Army Auditorium Friday morning, witnesses said.
Former premier Somchai Wongsawat and his wife; Yaowapa, also reported. Somchai is Yingluck’s brother in law.
As of the Ex-PM Yingluck, sentiments on the streets of Bangkok do show that many people have some sympathy for her. It's a situation she probably never wanted to be in and had her arm twisted to make her stay. She must really be cursing Thaksin in her private thoughts, knowing he did all this to her and he meanwhile sits in luxury. But sympathy or no, she did sign on to things and her actions have come close to bankrupting the country, destroying its rice exporting market, and driven many to desperation or worse.
She also stood by and seemed at time to endorse the violent actions perpetrated upon the peaceful protesters. In the final scheme of thing in the mind of many Thais-on-the-street, the sympathy may be better off reserved for her victims.