[ 2006-09-26 08:32 ]
girl has her photograph taken with Thai soldiers in front of a tank
Thai media reported that troops had been told to "keep smiling," and
newspapers were filled with pictures of soldiers demonstrating weaponry to
Army radio broadcasts are reminding soldiers to be friendly and
courteous, especially to children and anyone who wants to take pictures
The Bangkok Post said coup leader General Sonthi Boonyaratglin had
urged the troops to smile to help the image of the country's new military
It carried a front page photograph of four smiling female military
police outside the junta headquarters -- saying the mood had lightened
since they replaced their male counterparts.
The coup late Tuesday passed
off without violence and people living in Bangkok have
given food and flowers to soldiers posted around the capital.
"People have shown overwhelming support for the soldiers," the army
radio station said Saturday.
"There is no need to tell them to smile or be friendly because military
are part of the people," said a spokesman for the junta. "After finishing
doing their duty they are back to living as normal Thai people."
Many Thais have described this as the friendliest coup the country has
ever seen. Thailand has a history of violent military coups, and the last
one in 1991 ended with at least 50 pro-democracy demonstrators gunned down
pass off : 进行；举行；发生（如：The meeting passed
occupy someplace by soldiers （驻扎；派驻）