Friday, September 29, 2006

Thailand Coup Losing Support Among the Troops

Thailand's coup may be losing support among the troops responsible for its success. At first, once the initial violence ended, the troops were instructed to put on a happy face. Many of the troops mingled freely with residents and foreigners and their tanks became an instant tourist attraction. Hundreds had photos snapped of themselves posing with the soldiers.

But things got a little too happy for military officials when a troupe of go-go dancers with naked midriffs and sexy camouflaged pants performed in front of the tanks to be followed the next day by dancers in traditional attire.

"We have to maintain the seriousness of the coup," said Lt. Gen. Palangoon Klaharn, a military spokesman. "The police should ensure that provocative performances are kept at a distance from soldiers while they are on duty."



Bangkok had a soldier or two
That got caught making light of the coup
They saw a hot dance
Done in tight camo pants
But the dancers were ordered to shoo.

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