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Hunger Games Salute Now a Real Form of Resistance

Junta crackdown inspires creative protests in Thailand

(Newser) - With elections 15 months away at a minimum and the ruling military junta cracking down hard on dissent, Thais opposed to the military coup are getting creative. Public gatherings of more than five people are banned and protesting the military takeover is now a crime, but flash mobs of dozens... More »

Coup Leader to Thais: Don't Criticize

King is on my side, general says

(Newser) - Bolstered by a royal endorsement to run the country after last week's coup, Thailand's junta leader has warned against mounting opposition to the takeover, ordering Thais not to cause trouble, not to criticize, not to protest—or else face a return to the "old days" of street... More »

Thai Coup Leaders Free Ousted PM —Sort of

Yingluck Shinawatra reportedly under house arrest

(Newser) - Deposed Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been released from military detention by coup leaders, reports CNN , two days after she was ordered to surrender. Her situation isn't entirely clear, however, with a source telling the AP that while Yingluck is no longer being held in an army camp,... More »

Thais to Army: Your Music Stinks

US condemns coup as military tightens grip

(Newser) - With Thailand's military now firmly in control of the country after yesterday's coup , more than 150 politicians and activists have been detained and banned from leaving the country. Among them was ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was summoned for talks with army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha today along... More »

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 »

Thailand's Army Takes Over, but It's 'Not a Coup'

Move comes after months of anti-government protests

(Newser) - Thailand's army declared martial law in a surprise announcement before dawn that it said was aimed at keeping the country stable after six months of sometimes violent political unrest. The military, however, denied a coup d'etat was underway. The move effectively places the army in charge of public... More »

Court Ousts Thai PM

Yingluck Shinawatra found guilty of abusing power

(Newser) - Thailand's prime minister was ordered to step down today along with part of her Cabinet after a court found her guilty in an abuse of power case, pushing the country deeper into political turmoil. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was charged with abusing her authority by transferring a senior civil... More »

WWII Bomb Kills 8 in Bangkok

Scrap shop workers tried to cut it open

(Newser) - Workers at a scrap shop in Thailand's capital accidentally detonated a large bomb believed to have been dropped during World War II, killing at least eight people and injuring 20 others, police say. Bangkok's bomb squad chief says construction workers found the bomb buried at a building site... More »

New Radar Evidence the Jet Turned West

Thai military releases its data

(Newser) - Thailand is offering what CNN calls "the second radar evidence" that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight took an altered path toward the Strait of Malacca. All looked normal on Thailand's military radar until 1:22am, when Flight 370 vanished. Within six minutes, an unknown aircraft was spotted moving... More »

Court Bans Violence Against Thai Protesters

Rejects govt. orders on gatherings as demonstrations continue

(Newser) - A Thai court ordered the government today not to use force against protesters who are seeking to oust the prime minister, a day after violent clashes between riot police and demonstrators left five people dead and dozens injured. The Civil Court ruled that some orders issued by the prime minister... More »

Thai Protests Turn Ugly, 4 Killed

Protesters allegedly opened fire; 1 cop among the dead

(Newser) - Four people were killed and 64 injured in Bangkok today when police tried to break up an anti-government protest around the prime minister's office, one of several buildings protesters have tried to shut down in their campaign of obstruction . Gunfire broke out as thousands of police clad in riot... More »

Thai Protesters Vow to Nullify Election

They say bigger Bangkok protests lie ahead

(Newser) - Thai protesters vowed today to stage larger rallies in central Bangkok and push ahead their efforts to nullify the results of elections that were expected to prolong a national political crisis. Despite fears of violence, voting proceeded peacefully in 90% of polling stations yesterday. The protesters forced polling booths to... More »

Cops Suspect Suicide in Tata Exec's Fatal Fall

Examining note left behind in Bangkok hotel room

(Newser) - Thai police said today they suspect a top British executive at Indian automotive giant Tata Motors committed suicide in a fall from his room on the 22nd floor at a luxury hotel in Bangkok. Managing Director Karl Slym died yesterday while in Thailand to attend a board meeting of the... More »

US Woman Trampled by Elephants in Thailand

Police say victim, in her 20s, apparently left campground to take photos

(Newser) - Park rangers in Thailand have found the body of an American tourist who was apparently trampled to death by elephants in a reserve outside Bangkok. The woman went missing Jan. 13 in Thailand's Kaeng Krachan National Park in the western province of Petchaburi, say police. She was found in... More »

Protest-Wracked Thailand Declares State of Emergency

Move allows detainment without charge, media censorship

(Newser) - Protesters in Thailand have been making their case against the government for two months, and violence has become commonplace; this weekend saw a grenade thrown at marching demonstrators. Now, with protesters blocking sections of Bangkok and threatening to shut down government buildings, authorities have declared a state of emergency. "... More »

Grenade Hurled Into Bangkok Protestors' Truck

Blast sparks fears of widespread bloodshed

(Newser) - Dozens of people were wounded in Thailand's capital today when a grenade was hurled at anti-government demonstrators marching through Bangkok, an ominous development that raises tensions in the country's political crisis and the specter of more bloodshed to come. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban was in the procession but... More »

US Warns Citizens as Protests Shut Down Bangkok

Protesters vow to topple elected government

(Newser) - Protesters aiming to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and put democracy in Thailand on hold have shut down Bangkok by building barricades and blocking key road junctions. Some 18,000 security personnel have been deployed to maintain order and there have been no serious incidents so far, but there are... More »

Thailand Fight to Delay Polls Turns Deadly

Police officer killed, nearly 100 injured as tensions flare anew

(Newser) - Thailand's election commission today urged the government to delay upcoming polls as clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters killed a police officer and injured nearly 100 people, adding to political turmoil threatening to tear apart the country. The hours-long unrest took place outside a Bangkok sports stadium where... More »

Thai PM Dissolves Government Amid 'Final Showdown'

New elections not enough, protesters say

(Newser) - Thailand's prime minister has announced she will dissolve the lower house of Parliament and call early elections in an attempt to calm the country's deepening political crisis. The surprise move came as 100,000 protesters vowing to overthrow her government marched through the streets of Bangkok for a... 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 »

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