Thai PM’s car attacked by protesters

Two developments here in Thailand today: First, Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva’s car was attacked by ant-government red-shirt protesters in Pattaya this afternoon. It was the first violence targeted at Abhisit since he came to power in December. Reuters has the story. And second, tension is mounting ahead of a massive red-shirt rally planned here in […]

Thai PM Abhisit: no “civil war” or “people’s uprising”

Many people here in Bangkok are talking about the large UDD (anti-government) protest planned for tomorrow (Wed. the 8th). Today’s Bangkok Post has this story: “PM ready to quell uprising” Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva insists the government will not allow “a civil war or a people’s uprising” as fears of a possible bloodbath were raised […]

Thailand protests: PAD to return?

Today’s Bangkok Post has a story about a UDD (anti-government) rally planned for Wednesday, April 8 and the possible return of the PAD: “PAD plans revolt against red shirts” Sub-hed: “Fears of bloodshed spark comeback plans” The People’s Alliance for Democracy is pledging to stage a comeback and mount a counter-rally if the United Front […]

Thai government offers talks with Thaksin

Reuters: “Thai govt seeks talks with Thaksin to end protest” BANGKOK, April 1 (Reuters) – Thailand’s government offered on Wednesday to negotiate with exiled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to end a week-long street campaign threatening its efforts to stave off an economic recession. The offer was swiftly rejected by a leader of the pro-Thaksin group […]

Thailand protests and the economy

Here’s a story in today’s WSJ: “Thai Protests Build on Economic Crisis” BANGKOK — Tens of thousands of antigovernment protesters sang and danced through the weekend outside Thailand’s main government complex, cheering on ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and offering the nation’s new leaders — and others in Asia — a jarring reminder of the […]

ASEAN summit kicks off in Thailand

BBC: “Asean opens with economic agenda” The 10-member Association of South East Asian nations (Asean) has started a summit meeting in Thailand. They will discuss how to address the impact of declining global demand on their export-dependent economies. This is the first summit since Asean implemented a charter making it a legal entity more like […]

Wearing red and yellow in Thailand

Time: “How Not to Make a Political Fashion Statement in Bangkok” Last year, a swarm of yellow-clad demonstrators massed in Bangkok, taking over the international airport and virtually paralyzing the Thai capital for a week. Today, the color of protest is red. As bigwigs from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) began gathering at […]