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 […]

Jatuporn to be Yingluck’s first test on clean Thailand government

Jatuporn to be Yingluck’s first test on clean Thailand government

For the past three years one of the most familiar faces at red-shirt rallies across Thailand has been that of United Front for Democracy (UDD) co-leader and former Pheu Thai Party (PTP) MP Jatuporn Prompan, now languishing in the Bangkok Remand Center and threatening to become the first real test of how clean the newly […]

Red-shirts return to Ratchaprasong for anniversary of deadly 2010 crackdown

Red-shirts return to Ratchaprasong for anniversary of deadly 2010 crackdown

This story was updated at 6:45pm May 27, 2011. Additional/ edited text in blue type. One year after the violent military crackdown against red-shirt (‡πć∏™‡∏∑‡∏≠‡πâ‡πŇ∏î‡∏á) anti-government protesters in the heart of the Bangkok business district more than 10,000 of the groups faithful gathered at the Ratchaprasong intersection today, May 19, 2011, to mark the deaths […]

Who killed Seh Daeng?

Who killed Seh Daeng?

One year ago today as red-shirt (เสือ้แดง) protesters hunkered down behind fearsome looking bamboo and tire barricades blockading about 8 sq.km (3 sq.miles) of the central Bangkok business district, surrounded by heavily armed Royal Thai Army (RTA) (กองทัพบก) troops, one of the protest movements most colorful figures, RTA specialist, Major-General Khattiya Sawatdiphon (ขัตติยะ สวัสดิผล), affectionately […]

Thailand tourism industry prioritised to lead 2009 recovery as economy shrinks 5%

Thailand tourism industry prioritised to lead 2009 recovery as economy shrinks 5%

Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has targeted the Thailand tourism industry as a priority for reviving the Thai economy in 2009¬† in a speech to members of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council (Nesac). In his policies for solving economic and social problems speech, Mr Abhisit said the government needed to boost Thailand‚Äôs economy […]

Red shirts defiant as “third hand” blamed for Thailand riots and assassination attempt: Thai tourism plummets

Red shirts defiant as “third hand” blamed for Thailand riots and assassination attempt: Thai tourism plummets

Less than 24-hours after Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva removed the state of emergency decree for Bangkok and five other Thai provinces, red shirt pro-democracy supporters have rallied at Sanam Luang, a traditional political rallying ground in the center of Bangkok directly in front of Thailand‚Äôs Grand Palace. With the majority of its leadership in […]

Rumours fester among Bangkok red shirts as emergency decree continues

Rumours fester among Bangkok red shirts as emergency decree continues

One week after Thai soldiers clashed with rioting pro-democracy “red shirt” protesters on the streets of Bangkok the country is still governed under the state of emergency decree imposed by Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. The emergency declaration bans gatherings of more than five people for political purposes, censors news reports considered threatening to public […]