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When does a coup become a revolution?

Mark Sandell Mark Sandell | 13:39 UK time, Thursday, 21 September 2006

We talked about Thailand on the programme on Tuesday just an hour or so after the bloodless coup began. We heard voices from Bangkok and elsewhere telling us that people were- broadly speaking- supportive of the action to depose Thaksin Shinawatra , regardless of the fact that the action is clearly undemocratic. We thought we'd go back to Thailand for today's programme but widen the debate out a bit.....

by looking at coups around the world and asking people in those countries whether it changed their lives for the better. Also, is it ever justifiable to throw out a democratically elected government ?
And another thing ; no-one in this office - or indeed anywhere- has successfully explained the difference between a coup and a revolution....why is Thailand a coup but Iran or Cuba a revolution? The best i've heard so far is a coup can LEAD to a revolution but is usually quick, and involves the military.
Anyone out there able to give us cast iron definitions??


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