October 8, 2008 |
Violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters left at least two people dead Tuesday and hundreds injured as tear gas, gunshots and Molotov cocktails filled central Bangkok, officials and witnesses said. A crackdown on the People's Alliance for Democracy movement erupted into a day of rioting at Thailand's besieged government complex. "I came to protest, and then the police used violence against the people. I saw my uncle and aunt hit with tear gas.
December 1, 2008 |
With a deepening political crisis draining millions of dollars from the economy by the hour, government opponents hope a court can break a deadlock that politicians, police and the military have failed to resolve. But the court ruling they seek may be cause only for more turmoil.
September 17, 2008 |
Lawmakers have elected the brother-in-law of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as the new prime minister of Thailand. Parliament voted 298 to 163 today in favor of Somchai Wongsawat, 61, who was education minister and is married to Thaksin's younger sister. The previous prime minister, Samak Sundaravej, was ousted this month for appearing on a cooking show. The choice of Somchai was unlikely to disperse anti-government protesters who have been camped at the prime minister's official compound since Aug. 26.
October 22, 2008 |
Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was convicted of corruption Tuesday and sentenced to two years in prison, a ruling that may embolden anti-government protesters. Thaksin said the charges, which involve a real estate purchase by his wife, were politically motivated. Prosecutors said they would try to extradite him from Britain. Thaksin, 59, who was ousted in a 2006 coup, remains the nation's most influential politician.
October 10, 2008 |
A protest group seeking to unseat Thailand's government was buoyed Thursday by court rulings that ordered insurrection charges dropped against its leaders and called for the authorities to use "soft means" to quell demonstrations. The court actions came after violent clashes Tuesday between police and protesters. Much of the media and professional and academic groups said the government had used unnecessary force.
November 29, 2008 |
Bangkok's two main airports were surrounded by riot police early today in the government of Thailand's latest gambit to disperse protesters who have blockaded air traffic and cut the Southeast Asian nation off from the world. Police at the domestic Don Muang airport, overrun by members of the anti-government People's Alliance for Democracy, or the PAD, said early Thursday that "necessary measures" would be taken if protesters did not stand down.