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Weeks Past Coup, Thais Want to Pick Up Pace of Change

It was a smiling coup here in the “land of smiles” — quick, neat, bloodless and broadly popular among the citizens of Bangkok. For several days in September, the tanks in the streets were a sort of petting zoo as families brought their children to climb onto the big, friendly machines. Six weeks later, the tanks are gone, the mess of politics has reasserted itself and the generals are fumbling a bit with their new image as managers. People have begun to complain that these fix-it men have not produced what a foreign political analyst called “instant democracy.” Full Story

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