Show of force in Thailand

In a show of force, about 5,000 anti-Thaksin protesters marched on the streets of Bangkok Wednesday, May 30, to denounce a bill they fear will open the door for the ousted premier’s return to Thailand. The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) is protesting a plan by Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin’s sister, to grant a sweeping amnesty. Reconciliation proposals pending in parliament have threatened to further polarize politics in the country, which has been repeatedly shaken by civil unrest since Thaksin was ousted by royalist generals in 2006.

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