Although Thaksin delivered economic growth to Thailand, his removal was necessary for the following reasons:
1. Tinkering of constitution to entrench his power.
2. Installing cronies into position of power - police force, military etc.
4. Acting in his own financial interest - sale of Shin Corp after many years of benefits from govt concessions. Ensuring his relatives benefited financially ....
5. Using pork barrel politics - giving making promises of development project in rural areas based on election outcome. Giving out cash packages before election.
6. Using his power to benefit his various business interests.
7. Breaking the separation of powers. Control of judiciary and making it beholden to him.
8. Undemocratic influence over the Election Commission.
9. Tried to control of the media so they can only say good things about him & his party.
Thaksin is finished because the highly revered King has given his support to the coup leader. ...game over for him.
One can say Thaksin deliver a better life economically to his people....but that does not justify his other actions. He exploited the system to entrench his power and he can keep winning elections because of the advantages he gave himself over the opposition. Election does not equal democracy. Elections can be unfair and democracy can be hijacked. It was therefore necessary to remove Thaksin through a military coup....and undo what he did to the system. Safeguards have to be in place to protect the freedom and rights of the people.
The last straw came when Thaksin sold Shin Corp to a foreign entity and exploited loopholes to avoid paying taxes. Thais view this as a sellout of their interest as Shin Corp benefited from years of govt concessions. Now that Thaksin is gone, I'm sure the Thais will not be too kind to the foreign entity who took part in the deal.
I'm very surprised that the Thais with their big shopping malls, great bargains at the street markets and increasing buying power actually have the wisdom to see through Thaksin. While his pro-business economic policies would brought about wealth and buying power in next few decades , his tinkering of democracy to entrench himself and his party would have caused problems in the longer term. One has to applaud the Thais to be able to see that. If the Thais lost their freedom and lived in a controlled society, would they be as vibrant and hip as a we know them?....I doubt it. You have to applaud them because in some other countries, the people would be so distracted by their rising buying power and increasing wealth, they would one day wake up to realise their rights are gone and they are merely serfs in an economic entity.