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Rival rallies grip Bangkok as election crunch time looms

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Thailand is broadly divided between pro-Shinawatra factions and an elite aligned with the military, which has portrayed itself as a stabilizing force and defender of the country's monarchy

FINAL RALLY. Thailand's junta leader and Phalang Pracharat party's candidate for prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaks during the party's final major campaign rally in Bangkok on March 22, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai party leader contrite after rebuke for princess' PM candidacy

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'Above us is His Majesty and the monarchy,' Preechaphol Pongpanit tells reporters at the party's headquarters

THAI POLITICS. Thai Raksa Chart party leader Preechaphol Pongpanit makes the traditional Thai gesture of respect while speaking to journalists on arrival at the party headquarters in Bangkok on February 12, 2019. Photo By Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/AFP

Killings won't solve drug problem, ex-Thai PM Abhisit says

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:33 PM

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva reflects on Thailand's own war on drugs, which was similar to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

DRUG WAR. Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva delivers a lecture on liberal democracy and post-truth politics at the Ateneo Professional Schools in Makati City on October 18, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Ousted Thai PM Thaksin slapped with $500 million tax bill

Mar 28, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Tax officials accompanied by police post the bill on Thaksin s former home in Bangkok although he has not set foot there for nearly a decade to avoid jail for a graft conviction that he insists is politically motivated

TAX BILL. Deposed former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra answers a question during an interview in New York, on March 9, 2016. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Why Duterte reminds Thais of Thaksin and his drug war

Mar 22, 2017 - 11:48 PM

Thailand s ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra also waged a deadly and controversial drug war in 2003 Here s how it s similar to Duterte s

LEADING DRUG WARS. Thailand's Thaksin led a bloody drug war similar to that being led by the Philippines' Duterte. Thaksin photo by Jewel Samad/AFP, Duterte photo from PPD

5 hal mengenai Raja Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej

Oct 13, 2016 - 8:11 PM

Bhumibol dianggap sebagai sosok pemersatu di antara dua golongan yang terbelah di Thailand yakni antara pendukung keluarga kerajaan dan pro demokrasi

BERDOA. Warga Thailand berdoa di luar rumah sakit bagi kesembuhan Raja Bhumibol Adulyadej pada Kamis, 13 Oktober. Foto oleh Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai ex-PM Yingluck defies army with selfie and smiles tour

Jun 12, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Yingluck s yim su tour – or fighting with smiles as her aides dub it – carries a message of defiance to the hard pressed northern portion of the country

SMILES. Ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra (C) poses for pictures with supporters as part of her 'fighting with smiles' tour in the northern Thai province of Phrae. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Two years after coup ousted Thai PM says country 'suffering'

May 22, 2016 - 1:01 PM

Deposed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra questions wether the military junta made good on their vow to heal the country s political divide

File photo of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives for taken at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok,Thailand in May 2014 by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Toppled Thai party meets for Thaksin Skype address

Apr 07, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Applause erupted among the Puea Thai Party faithful as the 67 year old cop turned telecoms magnate appeared on a sketchy Skype link from an undisclosed country

Deposed former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra answers a question during an interview in New York, on March 9, 2016. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD

Thai authorities seize thousands of 'political' red bowls

Apr 03, 2016 - 4:59 PM

UPDATED Ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra says giving out bowls never posed a problem to national security

Thai woman faces sedition trial for posing with plastic bowl

Mar 29, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The images show Theerawan Charoensuk holding a hand sized bowl with a goodwill note apparently signed by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra

Ex-PM Thaksin fears Thai junta will cling to power

Mar 10, 2016 - 3:20 PM

The telecoms tycoon says he wished he could go home but would consider a return only if it would benefit the country and the people

Deposed former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra answers a question during an interview in New York, on March 9, 2016. Jewel Samad/AFP

Critics warn new draft charter will deepen Thai crisis

Jan 29, 2016 - 9:15 PM

The draft is the junta s second stab at crafting a new constitution since former army chief Prayut Chan O Cha ousted an elected civilian government in May 2014

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives for the ASEM summit in Milan, Italy, 16 October 2014. Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Thaksin's son doubles reward for Bangkok bomb suspect

Aug 22, 2015 - 1:07 PM

The total money being offered to anyone who can give information about the assailant now stands at 335 000

Thai office workers light candles for victims killed in a bomb blast outside a religious shrine in Bangkok on August 18, 2015. The death toll from a bomb blast in the Thai capital rose to 20 on August 18 with 123 wounded, police said, with eight tourists from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore among those killed in the attack. AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL

Ex-Thai PM Wongsawat in court over 2008 crackdown

May 29, 2015 - 3:48 PM

The ruling was the latest in a series of court cases targeting leaders on both sides of Thailand s febrile political divide which has seen nearly a decade of disruptive and often deadly protests in Bangkok

SOMCHAI WONGSAWAT. Former Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat (R) gestures at supporters after the Thai Constitution Court dissolved the ruling party, Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand, 02 December 2008. Pongmanat Tasiri/EPA

Thai ex-PM Thaksin under investigation for lese majeste

May 28, 2015 - 10:27 AM

Last week Thaksin made rare comments to overseas media as the Thai military marked a year in power although it was not immediately clear which interview he faces censure for

TARGETED? In this file photo, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra waves to his supporters during his visit for Buddhist rite ceremony at Pha That Luang Stupa in Vientiane, Laos, 12 April 2012. Stringer/EPA

Ousted Thai PM slams impeachment vote

Jan 22, 2015 - 1:00 PM

2nd UPDATE She faces impeachment Friday by the National Legislative Assembly over her administration s rice subsidy scheme

FIGHTING IMPEACHMENT. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra (C) speaks to members of the media as she arrives to answer questions to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) during impeachment proceedings against her, at Parliament House in Bangkok, Thailand, 22 January 2015. Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Video of Thai leader 'petting' reporter goes viral

Nov 21, 2014 - 8:47 PM

While a male reporter was kneeling on the floor General Prayut Chan O Cha patted him on the head and scratched the back of his ear

Thailand weighing up police conscription

Nov 03, 2014 - 10:41 PM

The police are unpopular with Thais who bemoan routine bribe taking and the cabinet is agreeing in principle to conscript 5 10 000 men aged 21 across Thailand

THAI POLICE. Thai police officers secure the area during an investigation after a British woman was found dead at a beauty treatment clinic in Bangkok, Thailand, 24 October 2014. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Thai PM orders media to stop 'presenting news' on Thaksin

Nov 03, 2014 - 10:22 PM

Prime Minister Prayut Chan O Cha: Do not present news about Thaskin as everyone knows that he has violated the law

THAKSIN. Thai pro-government Red Shirt protester shout slogans as they hold a picture of ex Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (R) and her brother fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra (L) during a rally on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, 11 May 2014.  Narong Sangnak/EPA

Ousted Thai PM Yingluck vows not to flee

Jul 18, 2014 - 4:30 PM

Yingluck: I am a Thai citizen who should have rights and freedoms like any other Thais I want to reassure you that I will not abandon my fellow Thais and I m ready to come back to Thailand

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House in Bangkok on December P, 2013. AFP / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul

Marcos, Suharto, and then Thaksin?

Jul 02, 2014 - 2:35 PM

The view of Thaksin as the ultimate problem that colors Thai politics is a major factor behind the acceptance relief and support for the May coup

Marcos, Suharto, and Thaksin

Thai coup leader denies conspiracy with protesters

Jun 28, 2014 - 2:24 PM

It is not true General Prayut Chan O Cha says addressing accusations that he had discussed uprooting the divisive Shinawatra clan from politics with firebrand protest chief Suthep Thaugsuban

ANTI-COUP. A Thai demonstrator shouting slogans holds a sign in support of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a protest against the military coup in Bangkok, Thailand, 24 May 2014. Photo by Diego Azubel/EPA

Interim Thai government by September: junta chief

Jun 13, 2014 - 3:10 PM

Thai army chief General Prayut Chan O Cha who has not ruled out becoming prime minister himself will not reveal the members of the interim government

Thailand's junta detains anti-coup leader

Jun 06, 2014 - 11:08 AM

3rd UPDATE Before he was captured Sombat Boonngamanong refused to turn himself in instead posting a message on Facebook saying: Catch me if you can

Hunger Games salute now a symbol of Thai resistance

Jun 03, 2014 - 2:33 PM

The gesture is the unofficial symbol of resistance against a military regime that has suspended democracy and severely curtailed freedom of expression

SALUTE. Malaysian NGO members hold a poster before handing a memorandum to a representative of the Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 02 June 2014. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Thai Red Shirts freed as Facebook 'block' sows panic

May 29, 2014 - 8:18 AM

Thailand is no stranger to military intervention in politics with 19 actual or attempted coups in its modern history

MILITARY POLICE. Armed Thai military police stand guard during a anti-coup demonstration at the Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, May 28, 2014. Diego Azubel/EPA

Human Rights Watch calls for restoration of Thai democracy

May 24, 2014 - 2:48 PM

The group urges the Thai military to revoke its abusive martial law powers to end censorship and to release people who have been arrested since martial law was imposed

The Thai coup and the risk of democracy fatigue

May 24, 2014 - 1:12 PM

Beyond what happens in the next few weeks and months difficult questions arise about how Thailand can make its democratic processes lead to better governance

Thai army bars ex-PM, 154 others from leaving

May 23, 2014 - 1:25 PM

UPDATED The latest order comes after the military junta summons over a hundred prominent figures

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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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Thai 'Red Shirts' want referendum on political impasse

May 22, 2014 - 2:47 PM

The Red Shirts want new national polls they hope will provide a fresh mandate to the beleaguered elected government

Two Thai protesters dead, 21 wounded in attack

May 15, 2014 - 8:41 AM

The latest casualties bring to 27 the death toll in the 6 months of anti government protests

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Thai 'Red Shirts' rally to defend wounded government

May 10, 2014 - 2:16 PM

Officials said about 3 000 police officers were on stand by for the pro government rally on the western outskirts of Bangkok

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, Nov 30, 2013. Photo by Pongmanat Tasiri/EPAPACIFISM? 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, Nov 30, 2013. Photo by Pongmanat Tasiri/EPA

Thai protesters to 'appoint new govt' – spokesman

May 08, 2014 - 11:46 AM

Protest leaders vow a final fight on Friday May 9 without giving details of their plans

Thailand's opposition pulls out of new elections talks

Apr 22, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Democratic Party leaders announce at the minute they will not attend the multi party meeting called by the Elections Commission citing security threats

Thai Constitutional Court voids February election

Mar 21, 2014 - 1:43 PM

UPDATED Thailand s Constitutional Court invalidates February s general election with a 6:3 ruling on the grounds that voting wasn t held for the entire country on the same day

LIST: 5 hot spots of unrest around the world

Feb 25, 2014 - 8:50 PM

From intense political showdowns to an uproar over government decisions here are five major political hot spots around the world right now

Girl killed as fears heighten over Thai political violence

Feb 23, 2014 - 4:09 PM

A 5 year old girl was killed and 30 people wounded in a drive by shooting attack on an anti government rally on Saturday night February 22

ATTACKED. Thai hospital workers evacuate an injured villager following an attack near an anti-government rally in Khao Saming, Trat province. Photo from Agence France-Presse

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 PM faces charges as clashes leave 4 dead

Feb 18, 2014 - 9:53 PM

Anti graft officials say Yingluck could be removed from office if found guilty of neglect of duty

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

#BangkokShutdown: 'Protest sites offer good shopping too'

Feb 18, 2014 - 11:09 AM

Two months into Shutdown Bangkok protestors are proving their dedication to the cause as well as their entrepreneurial skills

OCCUPY BANGKOK. A protest area in one of Bangkok's busiest streets resembles a street fair with vendors selling all sorts of wares and food. All photos by Zak Yuson/Rappler

Thai riot police clear anti-government protest sites

Feb 14, 2014 - 1:32 PM

The operation was a shift in tactics for the government which has allowed protesters to camp out at locations around Bangkok for several months

GETTING READY. Thai police take formation as they prepare to take control of an anti-government protest site near Government House in Bangkok on February 14, 2014. Photo by KC Ortiz/AFP

Thai court rejects opposition request to annul election

Feb 12, 2014 - 3:55 PM

UPDATED The Election Commission has said the results of this month s election will not be announced until polls have been held in all constituencies

PREPPING TO VOTE. A Thai voter signs her name before voting at a polling station in downtown Bangkok on February 2, 2014.  Christophe Archambault/AFP

Thai opposition seeks to annul election, disband ruling party

Feb 04, 2014 - 3:31 PM

A lawyer for the opposition Democrat Party said their complaint to the Constitutional Court will pivot on a state of emergency

PREPPING TO VOTE. A Thai voter signs her name before voting at a polling station in downtown Bangkok on February 2, 2014.  Christophe Archambault/AFP

Limbo looms for Thailand after protest-hit polls

Feb 03, 2014 - 12:44 PM

Thailand s protest plagued elections herald a political stalemate that risks unleashing deepening turmoil and potential judicial intervention in the polarized kingdom

DISAPPOINTMENTS. A frustrated Thai voter shouts at police blocking the entrance to a polling station as voting was cancelled since anti-government protesters prevented the delivery of election material in downtown Bangkok. Photo from Agence France-Presse/ Christophe Archambault

Thai protesters block voting in chaotic election

Feb 02, 2014 - 10:53 PM

UPDATED Few expect the controversial polls to end the cycle of political violence that has plagued the kingdom since 2006

PREPPING TO VOTE. A Thai voter signs her name before voting at a polling station in downtown Bangkok on February 2, 2014.  Christophe Archambault/AFP

Polls open in troubled Thai election

Feb 02, 2014 - 8:32 AM

UPDATED Anti government protesters force the closure of more than 10 of polling stations nationwide an Election Commission official says

'RESPECT MY VOTE' A Thai pro-election activist holds a placard that reads "respect my vote" in Laksi district of Bangkok on February 1, 2014. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Shots, blasts as protest rivals clash on Thai election eve

Feb 01, 2014 - 6:46 PM

UPDATE Heavy explosions and gunfire break out the night before the controversial Thai elections

Thai court says election can be postponed

Jan 25, 2014 - 12:51 PM

The main opposition party is boycotting the February 2 election while protesters have vowed to disrupt voting

NO POLLS? A Thai anti-government protester waves a national flag during ongoing rallies at a protest site at Victory Monument in downtown Bangkok on January 24, 2014. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP