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After Thai Coup, Calm Prevails For Now

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006

BANGKOK, Thailand -- For a time during the dark, stormy night it was feared that rival military factions might clash on the rain-swept streets of Thailand's sprawling capital for control of the city following a coup during Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's absence at the UN General Assembly. But by dawn Wednesday it became apparent that despite calls by Thaksin in New York for the arrest of the coup leaders, no one was riding to his rescue.

Pro-Thaksin elements in the military, police and political hierarchy, including the army supreme commander who had talked directly with the mercurial political leader by phone in the United States, had either thrown in their lot with the plotters or were under arrest. ...

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