When does a coup become a revolution?
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??