What What is a coup? It is the sudden overthrow of a government that replaces the top people in power. The Royal Thai Army staged a coup against the government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. When Wednesday, September 19, 2006 Why Mr Thaksin has been involved in a series of public financial scandals and has also been accused of challenging the king's authority - an unpardonable act in Thailand where the king is much loved. Where Where is Mr Thaksin? He was in New York at the time of the coup. He then went to London, where he has a home. His family who fled Thailand and have joined him there. Who Who voted for Mr Thaksin? A lot of people! He was a hugely popular prime minister, especially with those in the countryside thanks to his policies to help the poor. How How many people were injured? Some coups are violent, but this one was bloodless. Despite the strong military presence, with tanks and armed soldiers on the streets, no one was injured. Schools, government offices and the stock market were closed last Wednesday, but they re-opened the following day.