Thailand protests - updates

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Pro-democracy protests mark anniversary of Thai revolution

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:44 PM

After years of coups, violent crackdowns and short-lived civilian governments, Thailand remains a country sharply divided

Thai student protesters test water as anti-gov't anger simmers

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:43 PM

The flickering of protests comes after several years of quiet enforced by military rule, with groups of high school students joining the march into the streets

RARE PROTESTS. Students write messages at a pro-democracy rally against the military government at Thammasat University in Bangkok on February 26, 2020. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

7 dead, dozen injured as attacks rock Thai south

Jul 11, 2015 - 2:39 PM

The attacks occur during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan

ATTACKS. Thai firefighters spray water on burning buildings following a bomb blast attack by suspected separatist militants in Sungai Kolok, in Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on July 11. Photo by Madareetohlala/AFP

Arrests as soldiers, police curb Thai anti-coup flashmobs

Jun 08, 2014 - 9:35 PM

Seven anti coup protesters are arrested after a flashmob rally in defiance of a ban on political gatherings

'CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.' Thai demonstrators wear masks of a military wanted list activist, Sombat Boonngamanong, as they hold placards next to soldiers during a demonstration against the coup at a shopping district in Bangkok, Thailand, May 25, 2014. File photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Thai troops swoop on fugitive former minister

May 27, 2014 - 10:46 PM

Chaturon Chaisang the education minister in the ousted government is marched out by soldiers after a press conference condemning the coup

STANDING GUARD. Soldiers block the street outside the US embassy during a small protest against the military coup in Bangkok, Thailand, May 25, 2014. Diego Azubel/EPA

Thai military junta summons leaders deposed in coup

May 23, 2014 - 7:46 AM

UPDATED In a televised statement an army spokesman named 114 people summoned to a military office in Bangkok

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New Thai PM open to talks with protesters

May 12, 2014 - 9:41 PM

The statement comes as opposition demonstrators threaten to step up their 6 month campaign to overthrow the government

Thailand makes rare arrest of protest leader

Apr 26, 2014 - 5:11 PM

Former opposition lawmaker Sakoltee Phattiyakul faces charges of insurrection trespassing inciting unrest and obstruction of an election

PROTESTS. Thai anti-government protesters parade during a rally in Bangkok on January 19, 2014. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Thai opposition protesters to end Bangkok 'shutdown'

Mar 01, 2014 - 1:49 AM

The move follows increasingly frequent gunfire and grenade attacks targeting the protest sites mostly at night

END OF SHUTDOWN? A supporter "Red Shirts" of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra holds a placard during a gathering after shutting down the gates of the headquarters of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) in Bangkok on February 27, 2014. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

Thai court bans use of force against peaceful protests

Feb 19, 2014 - 8:56 PM

The ruling by the Civil Court restricting the use of force could complicate the besieged prime minister s handling of the protest

VIOLENCE IN BANGKOK. Thai riot policemen shoot rubbers bullets towards anti-government protesters after demanding for them to leave the area around the Government House in Bangkok on February 18, 2014. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Thai protest leader says rallies are 'pro-democracy' in Obama letter

Jan 25, 2014 - 8:40 PM

Thailand has been periodically rocked by sometimes bloody rival mass protests since Thaksin was deposed in a 2006 military coup

Blast hits opposition protest march in Thai capital

Jan 17, 2014 - 3:04 PM

An official from Erawan emergency center said there 22 injured though he had no information on the severity of the injuries

PROTESTS. Thai anti-government protesters walk through Silom intersection during ongoing rallies in Bangkok on January 14, 2014. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP Photo

PH warns vs traveling to Thailand

Jan 14, 2014 - 7:13 PM

The Philippines also warns its nationals in Thailand to exercise vigilance

WAVING THE FLAG. A Thai anti-government protester waves national flags during a mass rally blocking a main road in Bangkok, Thailand, 12 January 2014. Narong Sangnak/EPA

Protesters mobilize ahead of planned Bangkok 'shutdown'

Jan 12, 2014 - 8:24 PM

The protesters want an appointed people s council to run the country and oversee vaguely defined electoral reforms before new elections are held in around a year to 18 months

PROTESTS. Thailand's political crisis is set to enter a tumultuous new phase on January 13 with the planned "shutdown" of Bangkok by opposition protesters seeking to prevent upcoming elections. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Gunmen fire on Thai anti-government protest: police

Jan 11, 2014 - 12:49 PM

Protesters are seeking to block a snap election called for February 2 and want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign immediately

PROTESTS. Thailand's political crisis is set to enter a tumultuous new phase on January 13 with the planned "shutdown" of Bangkok by opposition protesters seeking to prevent upcoming elections. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Thai protesters say no plan to shut airports

Jan 03, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Operation Occupy Bangkok will not target the kingdom s airports or public transportation during a planned shutdown of Bangkok starting January 13

MORE PROTESTS IN BANGKOK. Thai anti-government protesters march on a main street during a rally at Silom road, a major financial and business district in Bangkok, Thailand, 20 December 2013. EPA/Rungroj Yongrit

Rappler Newscast | December 26, 2013

Dec 26, 2013 - 7:49 PM

Survey says President Benigno Aquino is ‘very good’ grade 2013 Petilla s resignation rejected Thai police clash with protesters

Rappler Newscast | December 10, 2013

Dec 10, 2013 - 9:42 PM

2014 budget approved New guidelines issued for Maguindanao massacre trial Thailand’s prime minister refuses to step down

Thai king appeals for stability after violent protests

Dec 05, 2013 - 12:33 PM

UPDATED King Bhumibol: Every Thai should be aware of this and should perform their role for the benefit of the country which is the stability and security of the country

KING TURNS 86. A Thai man walks past a photograph of King Bhumibol Adulyadej kept for sale at a side street on the eve of his birthday in Bangkok on December 4, 2013. AFP/Indranil Mukherjee

Thai protest leader meets PM, refuses to back down

Dec 02, 2013 - 12:30 AM

Suthep Thaugsuban told Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to hand over power to the people and it must be finished in 2 days

'NO BARGAINING'. In his meeting with Thailand PM Yingluck Shinawatra, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said that the only solution is "to hand over power to the people." Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul / AFP

Thai PM vows to meet protesters with pacifism

Nov 30, 2013 - 8:50 PM

Thousands of anti government protesters are scattered in pockets across the city diluting their demos but adding to their potential unpredictability

PACIFISM? Red Shirt pro-Thaksin supporters cheer after the constitution court ruling, during their rally in support of the government at Rajamangala National Staduim in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 November 2013. Photo by EPA/PONGMANAT TASIRI

Rappler Newscast | November 29, 2013

Nov 29, 2013 - 9:57 PM

Customs chief 33 others face pork barrel scam charges PH will work with allies as China stirs up tensions Protesters storm public buildings in Thailand

Thai protesters target army, ruling party headquarters

Nov 29, 2013 - 2:35 PM

The protesters stormed the gate and are now in the army headquarters

PROTEST. Anti-government protesters shout slogans in front the national police headquarters during a demonstration in Bangkok on November 28, 2013. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP PHOTO

Thai PM faces crisis debate as rallies paralyze ministries

Nov 26, 2013 - 11:56 AM

Fresh turmoil in the politically turbulent country has sparked international concern and raised fears of a new bout of unrest

SLEEPING IN. Thai anti-government protesters sleep in the Thai Finance Ministry where they have set up a camp, in Bangkok, Thailand, 26 November 2013. EPA/Barbara Walton

Thai PM imposes special security law amid Bangkok protests

Nov 25, 2013 - 8:42 PM

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra imposes the Internal Security Act in Bangkok after protesters storm key government buildings

RALLY. Thousands of Thai anti-government protesters gather in front of the Royal Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by EPA/Rungroj Yongrit

Thai capital tense as political rivals rally

Nov 24, 2013 - 8:30 PM

UPDATED Tens of thousands of pro and anti government demonstrators massed in rival rallies in Bangkok as Thailand grappled with its most potent revival of street politics

Thousands of protesters mass outside Thai parliament

Aug 07, 2013 - 1:10 PM

UPDATED Around 2 000 Thai opposition supporters converge near parliament to protest against a controversial amnesty bill for political violence in the divided nation

MARCH TO PARLIAMENT. Anti-government protesters gather for a demonstration near parliament in Bangkok on August 7, 2013. Photo by AFP /  Pornchai Kittiwongsakul