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Thailand Scrubs Ex-PM From Textbooks

Thaksin's name disappears from new curriculum

(Newser) - In the Thai calendar, this is the year 2557—but you could be forgiven for thinking it was 1984. The generals who have been running the country since May's military coup have not only banned elections and sought to purge the government of people loyal to former Prime Minister... 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 »

Thai Protesters Storm Foreign Ministry

Demand resignation of PM Yingluck Shinawatra

(Newser) - Thai protesters, angry over a government they say remains controlled by an ousted leader, have stormed the country's foreign and finance ministry compounds. The demonstrations follow a protest yesterday in Bangkok that drew 150,000, making it the country's biggest in years, the AP reports. Today, singing and... 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 Riots Cast Pall on Summit

PM backs out as protesters threaten government

(Newser) - Thailand's prime minister has canceled an appearance at the annual Southeast Asia summit as rioters threaten to topple his government. Abhisit Vejjajiva declared a state of emergency yesterday hours after anti-government protesters stormed the country's parliament in Bangkok. The decree bans spreading information that threatens national security and allows authorities... More »

Thais Collect Buckets of Blood—to Hurl in Protest

Red-shirts plan 'blood curse' after election refusal

(Newser) - The streets of Bangkok will run red with blood today if things go as planned for anti-government Thai protesters. Volunteers are lining up to help the movement reach its goal of collecting 1,000 liters of blood, which red-shirted protesters plan to hurl at government offices to curse the country's... More »

Thai Activist Gets 18 Years for Insulting Monarchy

Thaksin supporter vows to appeal

(Newser) - A supporter of Thailand's exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was sentenced to 18 years in prison for insulting the monarchy in what free speech campaigners describe as a severe attack on political dissent, Reuters reports. The 46-year-old woman was arrested last year after a fiery speech denouncing the 2006... More »

Thai Protesters Form New Political Party

'Yellow shirts' will contest next election, look to be major force

(Newser) - The yellow-shirted protest movement that brought down two Thai governments voted to become a formal political party yesterday, adding a new force to the country's already volatile political system. The People's Alliance for Democracy, which draws support from the country's middle class and is opposed to exiled PM Thaksin Shinawatra,... More »

Thai Protests Break Up

Thaksin supporters end standoff as troops move in

(Newser) - Anti-government protesters have begun to disperse in Bangkok following orders from their leaders, the BBC reports. Thousands of protesters have ended their 3-week siege of the country's seat of government and some protest leaders have surrendered to authorities. After two deaths yesterday, leaders say they urged their followers to leave... More »

Thai Army Battles Protesters

Dozens injured as troops move to quell Bangkok protests

(Newser) - Dozens of people were injured today as the Thai military moved to crush protests causing chaos in Bangkok. Soldiers opened fire at demonstrators who had taken control of a major junction and set fire to a bus they had commandeered. Most aimed over the protesters' heads but some fired live... More »

Thais Keep Protesting as Ousted PM Calls for Revolt

(Newser) - Anti-government protesters ignored Thailand’s state of emergency by the thousands today while former PM Thaksin Shinawatra called on them “to come out in revolution,” the New York Times reports. In defiance of a ban on gatherings of more than five people in Bangkok, demonstrators rallied outside the... More »

Thai Protesters Disrupt Asian Summit

Demonstrators want to show world the flaws in their government

(Newser) - Hundreds of demonstrators in the Thai tourist town of Pattaya blocked the entrance to the building hosting an East Asian summit meeting today, giving foreign leaders a firsthand look at the country’s political schism. Economic concerns weighed heavily with the protesters, most supporters of ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra; one... More »

Protesters Swarm Bangkok

More than 30,000 red-shirts gather for 'D-Day' attempt to oust PM

(Newser) - The political protests in Thailand continued to rage as some 30,000 red-shirted supporters of exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra thronged the main government offices in Bangkok, where fellow protesters have staged a sit-in for the past two weeks. Thousands more are expected for a “D-Day” push to... More »

Protests Return to Bangkok

'Red shirt' demonstrators surround PM's office, demand elections

(Newser) - Protests returned to the streets of Bangkok today, Bloomberg reports, as thousands of supporters of the exiled former PM Thaksin Shinawatra demanded fresh elections. The "red shirt" demonstrators assembled outside the new government's offices but vowed not to occupy it, as the yellow-wearing People's Alliance for Democracy did... More »

New Protesters Greet Thailand's New Gov't

Thaksin supporters force parliament to suspend proceedings

(Newser) - A different set of anti-government protesters converged on Bankok today, with thousands of red-shirted supporters of exiled PM Thaksin Shinawatra surrounding parliament and forcing lawmakers to postpone their session. The yellow-clad Thaksin opposition had been set to take power after months of demonstrations, reports the New York Times. More »

Thai Opposition Leader Takes Office as PM

Abhisit confirmed, but special elections may threaten his majority

(Newser) - Abhisit Vejjajiva, the opposition leader of Thailand who lost an election only a year ago, has been confirmed as the country's new prime minister, reports the BBC. The British-born 44-year-old takes power after days of horse-trading among Thailand's political parties, with supporters of the exiled Thaksin Shinawatra allegedly offered cabinet... More »

King's Illness Complicates Thai Tensions

Monarch fails to appear as politicians battle for control

(Newser) - Politicians in Thailand are squabbling as they seek to form a new government, days after a court barred the prime minister and other leading figures from holding office. But as many Thais looked to their long-serving king for guidance, the revered 81-year-old monarch canceled his traditional birthday speech yesterday, citing... More »

Protesters Will Leave Bangkok Airports

PAD announces end to demonstrations; flights will resume soon

(Newser) - Anti-government protesters in Thailand will end their occupation of Bangkok's two airports, allowing stranded tourists to fly home as soon as Thursday. All protests will end tomorrow, the People's Alliance for Democracy announced today, following a decision by the country's constitutional court that dissolved the leading political parties and barred... More »

Grenade Blast Hurts 46 Thai Protesters

PAD blames pro-government forces, says it's willing to die for cause

(Newser) - A grenade blast at the prime minister’s compound in Bangkok has wounded 46 anti-government protesters, at least two critically, Reuters reports. A leader of the party leading the protest blamed pro-government forces for the attack, which comes as demonstrations at the Government House and Bangkok's international airport garner worldwide... More »

Thai Protesters Seize Second Airport

All flights grounded; government mulls emergency rule

(Newser) - The government of Thailand is considering imposing emergency rule after protesters seized a second airport in Bangkok today, grounding all flights, reports the Telegraph. Some 3,000 members of the People's Alliance for Democracy massed at the smaller Don Mueang airport to prevent ministers from flying to Chiang Mai, where... More »

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