Red Shirt (Thailand)

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Thai Army: OK, Now It's a Coup

Army chief ends 2 days of meetings, grabs control

(Newser) - Two days after Thailand's military instituted martial law in what it said was decidedly not a coup , the army chief took to national television today to announce that now it's staging a coup d'etat. The move abruptly ended two days of meetings between political rivals that had... More »

Thai Opposition Quits En Masse

A day ahead of protests billed as final showdown with PM

(Newser) - Thailand's main opposition party resigned from Parliament today en masse to protest what it called "the illegitimacy" of a government with which it can no longer work, deepening the country's political crisis a day before new demonstrations that many fear could turn violent. A Democrat Party spokesman... More »

1 Dead as Thai Protests Get Ugly

Not clear what side victim was on

(Newser) - Aggressive political protests in the Thai capital turned violent late today with at least one man killed and five wounded by gunshots in street fighting between supporters and opponents of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. It was not immediately known who fired the shots or what side the victims were on.... More »

Ex Thai PM Facing Murder Charges

For his role in deadly 2010 crackdown on anti-government protests

(Newser) - Former Thailand PM Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy will face murder charges for their roles in the 2010 crackdown against anti-government uprisings that left more than 90 dead and 1,800 injured, reports the AP . Investigators says Abhisit is possibly culpable in the death of a taxi driver because he... More »

Thailand Elects First Female Prime Minister

Yingluck Shinawatra is the sister of ousted former leader

(Newser) - Thai lawmakers elected US-educated businesswoman Yingluck Shinawatra as the country's first female prime minister today, setting the stage for the 44-year-old political novice to take charge of a volatile nation that's been deeply divided since her brother was ousted in a 2006 coup. The vote comes a month... More »

Thailand: Protest Violence Mostly Over

But some fighting continues as Bangkok burns

(Newser) - The Thai government declared today that it had mostly quelled 10 weeks of violent protests that left many parts of the capital aflame. A nighttime curfew was extended in Bangkok and 23 other provinces for three more days, as troops and die-hard anti-government protesters exchanged sporadic fire in parts of... More »

Bangkok Burns After Protest Leaders Surrender

Red-shirt hardliners torch buildings

(Newser) - Seven Thai protest leaders surrendered in Bangkok today and called off their uprising, but Bangkok continued to erupt in violence as Red Shirts torched buildings, including the Thai stock exchange, a TV station, a utility company, and shopping malls. Leaders surrendered after troops stormed a protest encampment, killing at least... More »

Protesters, Reporter Killed by Thai Troops

Casualties mount as military storms protest zone

(Newser) - At least 3 people were killed as the Thai army stormed barricades surrounding the protest encampment in central Bangkok today. An AP photographer saw 3 wounded journalists, one of whom, an Italian, appeared to be dead. Another reporter who followed troops into the protest zone saw the bodies of 2... More »

Thai Gov't Rejects Talks With Bangkok Protesters

Demands that Red Shirts disperse before negotiations begin

(Newser) - Red Shirt leaders today accepted an offer for peace talks brokered by the Thailand's Senate, but hopes for an end to the mayhem were quickly shot down by the embattled prime minister, who dismissed the proposal for talks until the protesters have dispersed. Thousands of Red Shirt protesters remain camped... More »

Shot Thai Protest Leader Dies

'Red commander' shooting boosts violence

(Newser) - A leader of the Thai anti-government Red Shirts who was shot in the head by a sniper last week in the middle of a media interview has died. Tensions in Bangkok escalated after Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawasdipol, known as Seh Daeng (Red Commander), was shot last week while talking to... More »

Thai Gov't Disses Red Shirts' Offer of Talks

Says crackdown will continue

(Newser) - Thailand's government says a crackdown on Red Shirt protesters will continue despite their plea for UN-mediated talks. Government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn says there is no reason for the army to withdraw since "authorities are not using weapons to crack down on civilians." The government maintains it is only... More »

Thai Army Opens Fire; Protesters Strip

Three journalists wounded in day of street fighting

(Newser) - A Canadian cameraman was one of three journalists wounded today as Thai troops fired on anti-government protesters and explosions thundered in the heart of Bangkok. An army push to clear the streets and end a two-month political standoff sparked the clashes, the AP reports . The cameraman, Nelson Rand, working for... More »

Rogue Thai General Shot During Interview

He was amidst Red Shirt protest

(Newser) - A renegade Thai general was shot in the head while giving an interview to a New York Times reporter today, in the midst of a large protest in Bangkok. Gen. Khattiya Sawatdiphol, better known as Seh Daeng, was inside a barricaded encampment of anti-government Red Shirt protesters, which the military... More »

Thai Protesters Storm Hospital

Patients evacuated as Red Shirts seek soldiers

(Newser) - Pro-establishment Thais urged the government to declare martial law and launch a full-on assault on the Red Shirts after protesters stormed a Bangkok hospital today. A group of Red Shirts, looking for soldiers they believed were stationed inside, forced their way into a hospital near their protest camp. Patients had... More »

Thai Civil War Fears Grow

Protests spread from Bangkok to provinces

(Newser) - The unrest in Thailand is rapidly spreading from Bangkok to the provinces, raising fears that widespread civil conflict looms. Supporters of anti-government Red Shirt protesters have been blocking roads around the country to prevent reinforcements of police and soldiers reaching the capital, the BBC reports. Protesters in Bangkok caused chaos... More »

Deadly Grenade Attacks Trigger New Thai Chaos

Troops warn protesters time is running out

(Newser) - The stand-off between anti-government Thai demonstrators and counter-demonstrators backed by troops in the heart of Bangkok turned bloody last night as grenade attacks killed 3 people and wounded at least 87. The grenades were launched from close to where Red Shirt anti-government protesters are entrenched, and struck an area where... More »

Thai Protest Leaders Dodge Dragnet

Red-shirt leaders flee hotel as police move in

(Newser) - The leaders of Thailand's anti-government protests made a dramatic getaway from a Bangkok hotel as riot police closed in today. One of the red-shirt protest chiefs slid down a rope from a balcony to escape, while others were rescued by a mob of protesters, Reuters reports. Government leaders have vowed... More »

Pressure Mounts on Thai PM as US Issues Travel Warning

Army boss backs early vote; panel slams Abhisit

(Newser) - Thailand's embattled prime minister's downfall may come not from street protests, but from shady dealings with a cement company. The country's election commission has decided that Abhisit Vejjajiva's ruling Democracy party should face prosecution over an undeclared donation from the company, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move means the... More »

15 Dead as Thai Troops, Red Shirts Clash

Army honcho orders retreat, asks protesters to do same

(Newser) - Thai soldiers and police fought pitched battles with anti-government demonstrators in streets enveloped in tear gas , but troops later retreated and asked protesters to do the same. Fifteen people were killed, including a Japanese journalist, and more than 650 wounded, according to hospital officials. Beleaguered Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva went... More »

Thai Protesters Storm TV Compound

Closed TV station reopened, police and protesters left peacefully

(Newser) - Thai anti-government protesters today stormed a telecom company compound where authorities had shut down their vital TV channel, as soldiers and riot police failed to hold them back with tear gas and water cannons. The "Red Shirt" protesters then negotiated with police to return People Channel to the air,... More »

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