13 August 2016
The perpetrators of the string of bombings in Thailand late on Thursday and yesterday are likely to be those who are unhappy with the results of last week’s referendum, said analysts, who pointed out that anti-junta forces could be plotting to discredit the regime which has staked its reputation on bringing stability to the kingdom after a decade of unrest.
The referendum saw Thais hand the junta of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha a convincing victory on a military-backed Constitution, dealing a blow to the junta’s opponents who had charged that the Charter would restrict future democracy.
The bombings hit popular destinations in Hua Hin, Phuket and Surat Thani, killing four and wounding dozens. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, although the Thai authorities have attributed the blasts as “local sabotage” and not linked to international militants.
… While the authorities are trying to track down those responsible, Professor Joseph Liow, dean of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies told TODAY that the bombings will definitely hurt Thailand’s economy and tourism.
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Last updated on 15/08/2016