Thailand update: 1 killed in clashes with police, EC urges election delay, Nattawut speaks

The AP reports: Thailand’s election commission on Thursday 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 election candidates […]

In editorials, the WSJ and NYT criticize Thailand’s anti-government protesters

Those among Thailand’s anti-government demonstrators who care what foreigners think about their efforts to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra may want to avert their eyes from editorials that ran in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times on Monday. In a piece with the headline “Thailand’s Disloyal Opposition,” The WSJ said: Faced with […]

Thailand update: Democrats to boycott election; a few stories on today’s protest

First, the news about the Democrats: Thai opposition announce poll boycott, throwing support behind street demos. "Elections will not solve the country's problems": Abhisit @AFP — Kelly Macnamara (@Kelly_Macnamara) December 21, 2013 No huge surprise there; here’s a Wall Street Journal story with the details: Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party Saturday said it would boycott upcoming […]

Thailand update: Suthep calls for more rallies; still no word on Democrats’ election participation

A quick update: Reuters reports today that faced with dwindling numbers or demonstrators, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has called for marches on Thursday (tomorrow) and Friday and a gathering on Sunday: Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand said they will step up their protests in an attempt to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office and push […]

Thailand update: We’ve reached a stalemate

Tentative time frame for political reform proposed by The People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). #TheNation — The Nation Thailand (@nationnews) December 11, 2013 Hurry up and wait. Those looking for a speedy solution to Thailand’s ongoing political crisis might be feeling that way at the moment. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban continues to insist PM […]

Thailand update: Yingluck won’t quit, details from Suthep, more drone journalism

Here’s the latest: Yingluck won’t quit. The AP reports: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Tuesday she would not resign ahead of national elections set for Feb. 2, despite opposition demands she step down as the caretaker head of government. Yingluck spoke one day after she announced elections — and one day after the main opposition […]

Thailand update: Yingluck dissolves house, calls new elections—and protests continue

Looking down on large crowd of protesters heading towards Government House (Via @Chu_SpringNews) #Bangkok #Thailand — Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) December 9, 2013 Drone shot looking down on protesters at Govt House -RT @Chu_SpringNews: ภาพมุมสูงแยก พล 1 ตรงทางเข้าทำเนียบ #Bangkok — Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) December 9, 2013 RT @SoraidaSalwala: Photographer is @PrinyaACIS: #ThaiUprising — […]

Thailand update: Democrats quit parliament, protesters to march tomorrow (Monday)

Front pages of the Bangkok Post over the past week #Thailand — Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) December 8, 2013 The opposition Democrat party today said they’re resigning from parliament en masse. As the AP reports: Thailand’s main opposition party resigned from Parliament on Sunday to protest what it called “the illegitimacy” of a government with […]

Thailand protests update: a few links to share

The truce holds, at least for now. The Thai king turned 86 today; it’s a national holiday. Meanwhile, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban told supporters Tuesday night: “We will start our fight again on December 6. We will start as dawn is breaking and we will fight every day until we get victory…” Here are a […]

Thailand protests: And just like that, we’ve reached a truce

Police outside the Met Police HQ waiting to greet protesters – with red roses! — Andrew R.C. Marshall (@Journotopia) December 3, 2013 See today’s stories from the WSJ, the AP, the BBC, Reuters, and the NYT. For the tick-tock, see Saksith Saiyasombut’s liveblog. Meanwhile, I wrote this Quartz post: “Cops giving protesters roses does […]