yep, a few days ago the King and the General who is leading the coup told the soldiers to be friendly to everyone and to smile!
Like Ben said most of the soldiers are young people; they were probably frightened at the start and now it must be very boring.
BTW the Prime Minister who the soldiers kicked out was the same chap who dealt with a “drugs problem” by handing out guns not just to cops but also to Civil Servants and then told them to go into the poor areas and “shoot all the junkies” (which they did, leaving over 2000 dead).
Also he sold his families telephone company to Singapore and did not pay any personal tax – whilst promising reforms and rebuilding projects that never happened (much of Thailand is still quite poor and it got trashed during that recent tsunami)
So perhaps the coup may even be the lesser of many evils..