After months of protests by Thais against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the military seized power in a bloodless coup. Readers hoped the less-than-democratic act would put Thailand back on track

The past five years under the democratically elected government of Thaksin Shinawatra were a nightmare [Oct. 2]. He was a tyrant in disguise. He bought votes to pave his way to power. He and his Cabinet members destroyed the system's checks and balances, abused state power, blocked access to information and violently suppressed peaceful protests. Can you still call that democracy? We want democracy in practice...

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