Following up: A few Stories on Saturday’s Protest in Bangkok

As a follow-up to my previous post, I wanted to point out some stories on Saturday’s anti-government protest in Bangkok: Embedded above and on Youtube here is a BBC report. Bloomberg summed up: Thai anti-government forces called off a rally yesterday aimed at toppling Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra because of a poor turnout after clashes […]

Anti-Government Protesters to Rally in Bangkok Saturday

Map via The Nation. The AP reports: Thailand will deploy thousands of police officers and has invoked a special security law for an anti-government rally Saturday that is expected to be the largest since Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra took office in 2011 and that officials fear could turn violent. Authorities expect tens of thousands of […]

Red Shirts and Yellow Shirts Scuffle in Bangkok

Events in Bangkok yesterday provided a reminder of ongoing political tensions in Thailand, with rival red shirt and yellow shirt supporters involved in street clashes. The Bangkok Post reports: Confrontations between the red- and yellow-shirt groups are likely to intensify after yesterday’s clash outside the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) left scores of people from both […]

Yellow Shirts Say They’ll Rally If Amnesty Bill Not Withdrawn

There are stories on this news today from The Bangkok Post: The yellow-shirt People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) has warned the government that it will stage a mass rally if the reconciliation bills are not withdrawn when the parliament reconvenes on Aug 1. …as well as The Nation: The People’s Alliance for Democracy Tuesday called […]

Reuters on Chamlong and Thailand’s Yellow Shirts

Reuters reported yesterday: The elderly man dressed in homespun cotton looks like a kind-hearted grandfather from a rural Thai soap opera. But it would be unwise to underestimate Chamlong Srimuang, a key figure in Thailand’s turbulent recent history, or the “yellow shirt” army he commands. “We have successfully overthrown three prime ministers, which proves our […]

Yellow Shirts Protest Update: Next Week’s Bill Deliberation Cancelled

A quick follow-up post on yesterday’s Yellow Shirt protests over the bill that could lead to Thaksin’s return… Many people here in Thailand, as well as Thailand-watchers abroad, may well be thinking: Here we go again. The WSJ reported yesterday: Around 2,000 followers of the so-called Yellow Shirt movement swarmed around the Parliament building, preventing […]

Yellow Shirts Protest at Thai Parliament

Just briefly, an update on the Thai parliament and the controversial reconciliation bills: A vote was due to take place today, but the Parliament building was blocked this morning — and apparently continues to be blocked — by members of the PAD (yellow shirts) and the so-called multi-colored group. The demonstrators’ intention is to stop […]

Thailand News: The Week Ahead

There’s lots on tap here in Thailand over the next few days: Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Bangkok tonight on what will be her first international trip in 24 years. Reuters has a scene-setter. Suu Kyi will be speaking at the World Economic Forum on East Asia, which runs from tomorrow (Wed.) through Friday. […]

Yellow Shirts Rally in Lumphini Park

The Bangkok Post today says: The People’s Alliance for Democracy yesterday backed away from its threat to stage a major Bangkok rally against the charter rewrite in a move hailed by the government as a breakthrough in easing political tensions. However, after a meeting of about 2,000 rowdy PAD supporters at Lumpini Park Hall, the […]