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Thai Political Party Meetings Banned

by editor2
September 21st, 2006

BANGKOK, Thailand — Thailand’s new ruling junta on Thursday announced a ban on meetings of political parties and barred the establishment of new parties.

The announcement, made on all Thai television stations, said the action was taken to maintain peace and order.

The bans are the latest moves by the junta to maintain control, even though no open opposition have surfaced to its Tuesday night takeover. Other moves include limitations on public meetings and restrictions on the media.

Ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra lay low in London as the junta purged his followers and also took steps to possibly go after the vast assets of the tycoon turned politician.

But less than 48 hours after tanks rolled into the streets to overthrow Thaksin’s regime, the Thai capital appeared to have returned to normalcy, with all businesses reopening and Bangkok’s notorious traffic jams returning with a vengeance.

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