Yingluck Shinawatra

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Thailand's Former PM Is Now a Fugitive

She may have fled country after skipping court date

(Newser) - Thailand's military ruler said authorities are searching for Yingluck Shinawatra—the prime minister he ousted three years ago—after she failed to appear for a verdict Friday in a criminal case that could send her to prison for 10 years. Yingluck's whereabouts were not immediately known, and her...

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...

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,...

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...

Court Ousts Thai PM
 Court Ousts Thai PM 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. "...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Thais Storm Army HQ
 Thais Storm Army HQ 

Thais Storm Army HQ

Soldiers stand by as protesters come over gate

(Newser) - Protesters in Thailand stormed the national army headquarters today, breaking into their latest high-profile target in a bid to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra . The crowd of about 1,200 people broke the padlocked gate at the Royal Thai Army compound and forced their way inside, saying they wanted to...

Thai PM Survives Vote, Begs for Peace

Protest leader rejects offer of talks

(Newser) - Thailand's embattled prime minister begged protesters who have staged the most sustained street rallies in Bangkok in years to call off their demonstrations today and negotiate an end to the nation's latest crisis. The protesters have vowed to bring down Yingluck Shinawatra's government. And although thousands of...

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...

Thailand Flooding: Death Toll Passes 500
 Thai Death Toll Passes 500 

Thai Death Toll Passes 500

Bangkok orders new evacuations

(Newser) - The nationwide death toll from Thailand's worst floods in half a century climbed past 500 today, as the polluted black water continued its march into Bangkok and authorities ordered a spate of new evacuations in the sprawling capital. Today, Bangkok Gov. Sukhumbhand Paribatra ordered another wave of evacuations in...

Hacker Mocks Thai PM— on Her Own Twitter Account

Yingluck Shinawatra 'can't even protect her Twitter account'

(Newser) - A mocking hacker took over the Twitter account of Thailand's recently elected prime minister today, questioning her ability to defend the country if she cannot even secure her own tweets. The unknown hacker ended a series of at least eight postings on the account of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra...

Ex-PM's Sis Sweeps to Victory in Thai Vote

Yingluck Shinawatra set to assume power

(Newser) - The sister of exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra led Thailand's main opposition party to a landslide victory in elections Sunday, heralding an extraordinary political turnaround five tumultuous years after her fugitive billionaire brother was toppled in an army coup. The vote paves the way for 44-year-old Yingluck Shinawatra,...

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