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December 12, 1998 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When times get bad, economically or politically, Thailand's army traditionally loads its rifles and topples the civilian government in a coup d'etat. It is a scenario that has been repeated 17 times in the past 66 years. So what's going on now? Times are really tough economically, and no one is greasing up the tanks. Soldiers are teaching the jobless to knit and read, and generals in sneakers are leading "Thai Help Thai" marches to raise money for the poor.
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December 12, 1998 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When times get bad, economically or politically, Thailand's army traditionally loads its rifles and topples the civilian government in a coup d'etat. It is a scenario that has been repeated 17 times in the past 66 years. So what's going on now? Times are really tough economically, and no one is greasing up the tanks. Soldiers are teaching the jobless to knit and read, and generals in sneakers are leading "Thai Help Thai" marches to raise money for the poor.
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