The Kingdom of Thailand in 2013-14 went through a period of political turmoil never before seen in its history. The two years saw a proposed amnesty bill for a Prime Minister ousted in the 2006 Coup, the resignation of 153 opposition party Members of Parliament, and the dissolving of the House of Representatives. While all of this political turmoil was happening, protesters instigated a “shutdown” of Bangkok with demonstrators occupying government offices, the government declared a State of Emergency, and finally the Royal Thai Army declared Martial Law throughout Thailand and ultimately staged a coup d’état on the 22nd of May, 2014. The Pheu Thai party have had their last four elected governments removed from power before completing their terms and it will be up to the members of this committee to ensure that it will not be a fifth. Meanwhile, the Royal Thai Army have had to instigate a coup d’état in 2006 against the brother of the current Prime Minister and it will be in its interest to come to an end result where it does not need to seize power again for the security of Thailand.
The committee will open in the winter of 2013-14, when the protests were at their peak in Thailand. The committee will have to come up with an adequate response to the demands of the protesters while also satisfying the various legal battles they have against impeachment. The military will also have to decide whether protests have gotten to a point where it feels it needs to step in and take power, and can be either a divisive or unifying force in committee. The Bangkok Shutdown will be a spectacular and complex ride, joining in questions of state legitimacy, government corruption, and economic turmoil all tied up in the ribbon that could be Thailand’s next and twelfth coup d’état.