The AP on Thai Junta’s Asset Disclosures

The AP reports: Asset disclosures by members of Thailand’s military-dominated post-coup Cabinet reveal they are quite well-off, a trait shared with the civilian politicians they accused of corruption. The National Anti-Corruption Commission on Friday released the asset declarations of the 33 Cabinet ministers, 25 of whom are millionaires in dollar terms. Allegations of corruption and […]

‘Hunger Games’ Salute, Facebook outage and more: a Belated Roundup of Thai Coup Stories

As I mentioned in my previous post, I traveled to Bangkok to help out with our coverage following the May 22 military coup. Here are links to a few of the stories I worked on: Turmoil Costing Thailand Conference Business Thailand Sees Widespread Facebook Outage Social-Media Companies Skip Meeting With Thai Junta Thai Junta Says […]

Thai army declares martial law — how to follow the news

Our main story today: Thailand’s armed forces declared martial law early Tuesday, saying the move was intended to curb the country’s sometimes violent political conflict and wasn’t a coup d’état. Army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha issued a pair of statements at 3 a.m. and later appeared on television to say that martial law was necessary […]

Following Thailand protest news: blogs, my Twitter lists, local media, and more

Since I’m now in Singapore covering technology news across Southeast Asia, my posts about the ongoing unrest in Thailand will probably be limited in the weeks and months ahead. So, as I’ve done in the past, I wanted to offer suggestions for following the news as things develop. Blogs The Wall Street Journal often live-blogs […]

‘Bangkok Shutdown’ update: Court says government can delay Feb. 2 election — but will it?

The Wall Street Journal reports: Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled on Friday that contentious elections set for February 2 can be postponed, adding further pressure on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government to delay the vote, as antigovernment protests continue. And: The court said Thailand’s constitution doesn’t prohibit postponing an election in the case of an emergency […]

‘Bangkok Shutdown’ day 3: overnight violence, Feb. 2 elections to go ahead

Here’s the latest: Two people were hurt in a shooting early this morning. And separately, the Bangkok residence of Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva was hit with a small explosive device. The Thai stock exchange moved some staff to another location after demonstrators threatened to take control of its offices. Prime Minister Yigluck said the Feb. […]

Photos from ‘Bangkok Shutdown,’ day 1

Here are some photos I took of today’s protests. The Bangkok Post has more images. Meanwhile, the WSJ reports: After turning central Bangkok into a flag-waving sea of protest Monday, antigovernment activists now say they are preparing to take their campaign to the next level by seizing Thailand’s stock exchange. The WSJ also has a […]

Map of planned ‘Bangkok Shutdown’ protest sites

Here’s a map, courtesy of The Nation newspaper, of planned rally locations for protests tomorrow, Monday Jan. 13: There’s also a larger, printable PDF version. (Via @Kelly_Macnamara.) UPDATE: Here’s another map, via Richard Barrow. List of the 7 roadblocks they are setting up around #Bangkok as part of the #BangkokShutdown: pic.twitter.com/OtuTRvTdXh — Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) […]

As ‘Bangkok shutdown’ approaches, US Embassy advises keeping cash, food on hand

In a security message today, the US Embassy in Bangkok said: This is to advise and update U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Thailand that political activists intend to hold simultaneous mass rallies at key intersections and other locations in Bangkok beginning on Monday, January 13th. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and U.S. Consulate […]

Thailand update: Protesters plan to ‘shut down’ Bangkok Jan. 13

As expected, more protests are on the horizon here in Bangkok, with anti-government demonstrators continuing their efforts to topple the prime minister and derail elections scheduled for February 2. There have been rallies in recent days, and protesters plan a city-wide “shutdown” on Monday, January 13. Reuters reported yesterday: Thailand is heading for a political […]