Bangkok – Assault on Democracy – Photo Special

Bangkok – Assault on Democracy – Photo Special

The attempt by a small number of predominantly right-wing, conservative Bangkokians supported by the country’s second oldest political party*, the Democrat Party,¬† to suspend democracy in Thailand and install their own unelected “people’s committee” under the guise of ridding the country of the “Thaksin regime” has seen political fervour reach a level not seen since […]

Thaksin royal pardon has Thailand coup watchers on alert as the 9s line up again

Thaksin royal pardon has Thailand coup watchers on alert as the 9s line up again

After just 106 days in office the coming days promise to be a tense period for the government of Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (‡∏¢‡∏¥‡πà‡∏á‡∏•‡∏±‡∏Ň∏©‡∏ì‡πå ‡∏ä‡∏¥‡∏ô‡∏߇∏±‡∏ï‡∏£), with conditions approaching ideal for the Royal Thai Army (‡∏Ň∏≠‡∏á‡∏ó‡∏±‡∏û‡∏ö‡∏Ňπч∏ó‡∏¢) to mount the country’s 19th coup d’√©tat since absolute monarchy rule was abolished 79 years ago. Already the subject […]

Thailand political unrest continues as hundreds of thousands rally in Bangkok

Thailand political unrest continues as hundreds of thousands rally in Bangkok

Less than five months after yellow-shirted anti-government protesters seized and closed Bangkok‚Äôs two airports stranding hundreds of thousands of international tourists, the country is headed towards further political unrest after more than 150,000 pro-democracy red shirt protesters rallied in Bangkok today. The mass rally saw supporters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), […]

Thailand on the edge ahead of mass pro-democracy protest

Thailand on the edge ahead of mass pro-democracy protest

Tonight Thailand sits on the edge. After weeks of small-scale pro-democracy rallies throughout the country, a mass march and the surrounding of Government House by red-shirted pro-democracy protesters, and nightly video calls from deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the day of political reckoning is almost here. Dubbed D-Day by some, organisers of the latest round […]

Red the new yellow as protesters back on Bangkok streets

Red the new yellow as protesters back on Bangkok streets

Less than three months after thousands of yellow-shirted ‚Äúanti-government‚Äù protesters seized Thailand’s main international airport stranding hundreds of thousands of foreign tourists, protesters are again on the streets of Bangkok. More than 10,000 red-shirted ‚Äúpro-democracy‚Äù protesters have surrounded Thailand‚Äôs Government House in an attempt to pressure the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva into dissolving […]

Thailand political crisis worsens – further bloodshed forecast

Thailand political crisis worsens – further bloodshed forecast

Thailand‚Äôs long running political crisis appears to be worsening with the question no longer being whether the military will step in and oust the government of embattled Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat with a coup d‚Äôetat but when. In the wake of the bloody October 7 confrontation between police and “anti-government”Thailand People‚Äôs Alliance for Democracy (PAD) […]

Thailand tourism chief believes deadly clashes will not significantly affect tourism

The head of Thailand’s tourism promotion authority has predicted the bloody and violent clashes between police and anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protesters last Monday (Oct. 7, 2008) will have an insignificant effect on the country‚Äôs tourism.

Thailand tourism in crisis as protesters die in ‘bloody Bangkok’

While the head of the Tourism Authority of Thailand was describing Thailand as a safe, desirable and peaceful country, and explaining that the protests were evidence of a democracy in action, peaceful and localised, people were being killed, having limbs blown, and home-made bombs exploding as hundreds of ant-riot police attempted to clear a way into Parliament House, firing up to 50 rounds of CS (tear) gas into thousands of yellow-shirted PAD protesters who had blockaded and fortified the legislature with barbed wire and tyre blockades.