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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand's long history of coups stirs debate in time of danger

Widespread rage over worsening COVID-19 has increased political tensions

A cavalry parade to mark the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn: Tanks in Thailand have very limited tactical value because of the terrain but have often been used to stage coups in the capital. (File photo by Reuters)   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- After pulling off Thailand's last coup in 2014 when he was army commander, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is in an altogether different place as drumbeats quicken for a putsch against his military-backed government.

With corpses lying in the streets of the capital, Thailand's rising political temperature is being fueled by outrage at the government's failure to contain the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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