On Wednesday Sept.
20 2006, the Thai military launched a coup against Prime
Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and imposed martial law.
TV channels stopped their programming before the coup announcement and the
military took control of government run stations. Most TV stations ran stock footage of
Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej. TV stations also ran announcements signed by military chief Gen. Sondhi
Boonyaratkalin that the armed forces had taken control.Read Full Story
In Thailand's first coup in 15 years, Sondhi led a rapid, well-orchestrated overthrow while Thaksin Shinawatra was in New York at the U.N. General Assembly. The coup occured in mid-September 2006.