Thailand update: Drone footage provides vivid views of yesterday’s clashes

Last week I wrote a story for Quartz about the increasing use of drone journalism here in Bangkok amid ongoing protests. At that time, Thai media outlets and others were using the devices to photograph demonstrations around Democracy Monument. Protests have escalated in recent days, and the drones are providing some vivid footage. Today Bangkok […]

Thailand update: Protesters target state telecoms — and suspected Red Shirts

The AP reports: A mob of anti-government protesters attacked at least two people they suspected of supporting the current Thai government and smashed the windows of a moving Bangkok bus Saturday in the first eruption of violence after a week of tense street protests. The mob also smashed the windshield of a taxi carrying people […]

Here are 3 maps that show where Bangkok protests are happening—for now, at least

Anti-government protesters have been ratcheting up their rallies in recent days. It’s a fluid situation: Demonstrators often move to various locations in the city throughout the day. Yesterday they targeted the Police headquarters; today they forced their way into the Army’s HQ. It can be hard, especially for those not familiar with the geography of […]

Thailand protest update: demonstrations move beyond Bangkok

Just briefly: A few stories worth checking out today: Thai Protests Widen Beyond Bangkok — WSJ Best political insult of the day, courtesy of Thailand: ‘Stupid Crab B*tch Water Buffalo Face‘ — GlobalPost. Thailand’s Suthep: dissent crusher turns protest leader — Reuters Leader of Thai protests says he’s prepared to die — AP Protesters Take […]

Bangkok protests update: November 26

Above: today’s WSJ Asia and International New York Times A quick update, following yesterday’s post, as protests continue here in Bangkok. What happened today: Protesters surrounded the interior, tourism, transport, and agriculture ministries. Yingluck and the Pheu Thai party are undergoing a two-day confidence debate in Parliament An arrest warrant was issued for protest leader […]

Bangkok protests: What happened today and how to follow the news

Anti-government protesters, whose rallies I’ve written about before, stepped up their demonstrations today. Above is AP video of scuffles that broke out with police. Here’s a recap of what happened today: Protesters began marching to 13 locations around the city this morning, then later forced their way into the Finance Ministry. Demonstrators also entered the […]

My favorite chart illustrating trends in Thai governance over the decades

A study of Thai politics in the 20th century reveals that the country has continuously alternated between democratic and military systems of government. As I mentioned earlier on Twitter, yesterday’s Constitution Court verdict — that the government’s attempt to make the Senate fully elected is unconstitutional — provides an opportunity to share my favorite graphic […]

Thailand protests: anti-amnesty push morphs into an effort to topple Yingluck

Outside the Terminal 21 shopping mall Marching down Sukhumvit road Heading toward Phloenchit Above are a few photos I snapped yesterday as protesters marched near the Asoke intersection here in Bangkok. A few thoughts: The protests began last week and targeted a proposed amnesty bill that could have led to the return of former prime […]

An update on Thailand’s amnesty bill — and the potential for protests early next month

The WSJ reports today: An assembly of civil society groups has threatened to mobilize rallies across Thailand if the government pushes through a proposed amnesty bill that could open the door for deposed former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to re-enter the country a free man. The draft legislation has recently been altered in a way […]

Thailand Rubber Farmers’ Protests Continue

Reuters reports today: Thailand faced pressure on Friday to end a two-week protest by rubber farmers after violent overnight clashes between riot police and a group of protesters who hurled rocks and bottles filled with an acidic liquid. Police fired tear gas to disperse a group of protesters in Prachuap Khiri Khan province on a […]