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Thailand Imposes Curfew After Riots Kill at Least 25
May 16, 2010
Thailand will impose a curfew Sunday and send Red Cross workers to evacuate women and children from
Bangkok's deadly protest zone where 25 people have been killed in four days of street battles between anti-government demonstrators and troops.

A towering column of black smoke rose over the city Sunday as protesters facing off with troops set fire to tires serving as a barricade.
Elsewhere, they doused a police traffic post with gasoline and torched it as sporadic gunfire rang out.

The government said a curfew has become necessary to stop the armed members of the so-called Red Shirt protest movement.
Journalists have seen some of them carrying guns, but most have used homemade fire bombs and fireworks.

"We cannot let people with weapons in their hands walk around here and there," army spokesman Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd said.
"Terrorist groups have tried to create a situation where shots are fired at military and police officers to instigate misunderstanding among them that officers are attacking each other," he said.

The timing and the exact locations of the curfew will be announced later, he said.
The spiraling violence has raised concerns of sustained, widespread chaos in Thailand -
a key U.S. ally and Southeast Asia's most popular tourist destination that promotes its easygoing culture as the "Land of Smiles."

Speaking on his weekly television program, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva insisted he was left with no choice but a military operation to end the country's two-month-old crisis.
"Overall, I insist the best way to prevent losses is to stop the protest. The protest creates conditions for violence to occur. We do realize at the moment that the role of armed groups is increasing each day," he said.

The Red Shirts have occupied a 1-square-mile (3-square-kilometer) zone, barricaded by tires and bamboo spikes,
in one of the capital's ritziest areas, Rajprasong, since mid-March to push their demands for Abhisit to resign immediately, dissolve Parliament and call new elections.
The Red Shirts, drawn mostly from the rural and urban poor, say Abhisit's coalition government came to power through
manipulation of the courts and the backing of the powerful military, and that it symbolizes a national elite indifferent to the poor.

Sansern said the government will send the Red Cross and voluntary organizations into the protest zone to "invite or persuade people, especially women, children and older people to leave the area."

On Sunday, hundreds of women and children moved to a sprawling Buddhist temple compound within the protest zone, fearing a crackdown.
In Thai tradition, temples are considered safe havens where no weapons are allowed.

About 5,000 people are believed camped in the zone, down from about 10,000 before fighting started Thursday after a sniper shot and seriously wounded a Red Shirt leader,
a former army general who was the Red Shirt military strategist. His condition worsened Sunday, doctors said.

After his shooting, fighting quickly spread to nearby areas, which became a no-man's land as the army set up barriers in a wider perimeter around Rajprasong.
The area already resembles a curfew zone with no public transport or private vehicles.
Most shops, hotels, supermarkets and businesses in the area are shut.
The government has shut off power, water and food supplies to the core protest zone.

Schools were ordered shut Monday in all of Bangkok. Long lines formed at supermarkets outside the protest zone as people rushed to stock up on food.
At least 54 people have been killed and more than 1,600 wounded since the protests began mid-March, according to the government. The dead include 25 killed since Thursday.

"I'm asking Abhisit not to shoot children, women and old people. Come kill us (men) instead," said a Red Shirt leader, Jatuporn Prompan. "Once the authorities stop shooting at protesters, the death toll will stop rising."

On Saturday, soldiers blocked major roads and pinned up notices of a "Live Firing Zone" in one area of Bangkok.
Demonstrators dragged away the bodies of three people from sidewalks in that area -- shot by army snipers, they claimed.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch on Saturday called on the Thai government to revoke the fire zones and negotiate an end to the fighting.

"It's a small step for soldiers to think `live fire zone' means `free fire zone,' especially as violence escalates," the rights watchdog said in a statement.
The clashes are the most prolonged and deadliest bout of political violence that Thailand has faced in decades despite having a history of coups -- 18 since it became a constitutional monarchy in 1932.

The crisis appeared to be near a resolution last week when Abhisit offered to hold elections in November, a year early. But the hopes were dashed after Red Shirt leaders made more demands.
The political uncertainty has spooked foreign investors and damaged the vital tourism industry, which accounts for 6 percent of the economy, Southeast Asia's second largest.

The Thai Red Cross said its blood supplies are running low and invited people to donate blood.
The Red Shirts especially despise the military, which forced Thaksin Shinawatra, the populist premier favored by the Red Shirts, from office in a 2006 coup.
Two subsequent pro-Thaksin governments were disbanded by court rulings before Abhisit became prime minister.

Thai government sets new ultimatum in Bangkok protests

I do not know if these riots are political or economic.  Its hard to tell.
I think its BOTH.  So I put it also on WORLD ECONOMY thread.

Thailand earthquakes

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Bangkok police use tear gas on protesters besieging govt buildings December 01, 2013 (PHOTOS) Police dispersed activists with tear gas who were attempting to storm Bangkok’s Government House amidst deadly clashes in the Thai capital. Opposition protesters are calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawtra.
Anti-government activists, seeking to storm the Government House, ripped down barriers outside the official building, reporters told AFP. In response the Bangkok police fired tear gas canisters and used water cannons to push back the crowd of protesters. Prime Minister Yingluck has vacated the Government House and is overseeing the situation from an undisclosed location in the city. Hundreds of activists also took control of Thai state broadcaster PBS.

The opposition protest movement has pledged to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawtra and install a “people’s council.” On Sunday protest leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, called on his supporters to push for the ouster of the Shinawatra government.
Anti-government protests having been happening in the Thai capital for the past 7 days and had been relatively peaceful. On Saturday night demonstrations descended into violence as anti-government activists attacked a pro-government rally.

Thai protest leader vows to escalate offensive
Dec 3, 2013
Opposition leader vowed to escalate his campaign to topple Thailand's government, and ordered his followers to storm Bangkok's police headquarters.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she is willing to do anything it takes to end the violent protests but made it clear she cannot accept the opposition's demand to hand power to an unelected council.
Yingluck was elected with an overwhelming majority in 2011, and many observers see the protesters' demand as unreasonable if not outlandish.

"Right now we don't see any way to resolve the problem under the constitution," she said in the brief 12-minute news conference televised live.
Yingluck's comments highlighted the unusual political deadlock Thailand finds itself in with no clear solution in sight. The standoff intensified as protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban gave a defiant speech late Monday to thousands of cheering supporters at a government complex they seized last week when the anti-government demonstrations started.

Satan wants to topple good governments to prepare for the world dicktator of Revelation 13

THAILAND Earthquakes, weather

Thailand Crisis Neglected
Feb. 23, 2014
 I knew this was going on but chose not to follow it.
The entire world is in uproar.  Across Africa is also fighting, Muslims killing Christians.

Thailand anti-government rebellion
Attackers threw explosives and shot at demonstrators at a rally called by the People's Democratic Reform Committee.
Tensions across Thailand have escalated since a wave of anti-government protests began in 2013 November.
The rebels want PM Yingluck Shinawatra to resign, but she has refused.

Thai govt supporters promise to get tough with Bangkok protesters
Leaders of the pro-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), who support Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, promised “to get tough” with anti-government protesters who have paralyzed parts of Bangkok. "This fight will be harder than any other.You must think how we can deal with Suthep [Thaugsuban, anti-government leader] and those supporting him," said Jatuporn Prompan, a UDD leader and senior member of the ruling Puea Thai Party. It is unclear whether Jatuporn was calling for an armed struggle or not. His speech came after just hours after gunmen shot at an anti-government protest stage and threw explosive devices in the Khao Saming district of the eastern province of Trat, which killed at least one person and wounded dozens.

The price of rice rolls the dice
The political crisis in Thailand finds itself neglected among world issues. As violence erupts in the Ukraine, Egypt, and Syria, (following Tunesia, Libya, Sudan) the situation in Thailand is not attracting world attention.
The crisis in Thailand began in November of 2013. The rebels accuse PM Yingluck Shinawatra of being unduly influenced by her brother, Thaksin, former prime minister, living now in Dubai.
One of these policies involved paying subsidies to rice farmers. The export of rice is a vital component of the Thai economy.
The price of rice from Thailand exceeds that of rice from Vietnam and India, due to these subsidies. The result has been damaging to the overall Thai economy.

New Graft Accusations
With more bloodshed in Bangkok, the chances of the generals intervening to end the crisis are increasing.
Yingluck accused of graft associated with her program to buy rice from farmers at above-market prices, resulting in rice that the government cannot sell.

Thailand tourism hurt
Hotels and shops in Bangkok, Phuket, and other Thai destinations emphasize the strong tie between Thailand and China.
But 70% fewer Chinese tourists visited

Whats happening and why in Thailand
As the political situation in Thailand worsens with deaths on Bangkok's streets this week, CNN takes a look at the root causes of the protests, and what the latest developments might mean for the country's political future.
Who is protesting and why?
Unlike the 2010 protests, which saw red-shirted supporters of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra turn out in force, this time around it is opponents of his younger sister Yingluck Shinawatra's government who are protesting in the capital.
As with previous protests, the country is largely divided between a younger, educated urban middle-class and a conservative class of poor rural voters, largely from the north of the country. It is the former group who have taken to the streets and are currently battling the police after months of deepening political division.
The protestors, led by Suthep Thaugsuban -- a deputy prime minister in the previous Abhisit Vejjajiva-led government -- rejected YIngluck poll in early February and are calling for the creation of an unelected "people's council" headed by a premier appointed by Thailand's king.
YIngluck was largely stable until her party attempted to pass a controversial amnesty bill in November.
The bill would have nullified former Prime Minister Thaksin's corruption conviction and would have allowed him to return to the country. The policeman-turned-tycoon has been living in exile in a number of different locations, most recently Dubai, since he was removed in a bloodless coup in 2006.

Rebellions are ongoing also in Ukraine, Venezuela, Syria, Egypt, across Africa
Rebellion is not far off in the USA



Street protests resumed in Thailand
Mar 24, 2014
 Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand resumed street protests on Monday after lying low for weeks. Opponents of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra were emboldened by a Constitutional Court decision on Friday to nullify last month's election. The formation of a new administration is delayed, as Yingluck is left in charge of a caretaker government with limited powers. Yingluck has until March 31 to defend herself before the National Anti-Corruption Commission for dereliction of duty over a ruinous rice-buying scheme that has run up huge losses. She could be removed from office by the upper house Senate if the commission recommends her impeachment.

Mar 28, 2014  Friday - Attackers throw grenades at Thai anti-graft office ahead of PM hearing
Grenades were thrown at the offices of Thailand’s anti-corruption agency, police said on Friday. The National Anti-Corruption Commission earlier summoned the prime minister to answer charges of dereliction of duty next week, Reuters reported. Nobody was injured in the overnight attack, the second on the agency’s offices this week. The commission is examining the alleged failure of Yingluck Shinawatra to stop corruption and stem huge losses in a government rice-buying program.

Thai police foil Hellzballah Passover plot
April 18, 2014
Terrorists prepare attacks on Israeli tourists during Passover.  They were rounded up by the Thai police.   2 are Lebanese-French nationals.
Jewish community leaders in Bangkok urge calm after terrorists arrested, stress that security situation is under control.
Israeli travelers in Thailand were alarmed to hear 2 Hezbollah had been arrested on suspicions of planning a terror attack against them.
Thailand is a popular tourist spot for Israelis.

Thailand to hold new general polls on July 20
April 30, 2014
 Thailand’s government and the state Election Commission have agreed to hold new general polls on July 20, AP reported. The commission announced the date after meeting Wednesday with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Thailand held a general election on February 2 after Yingluck dissolved parliament’s lower house in response to protests. The Constitutional Court nullified the election results in late March.

Thailand court ousts PM Shinawatra
May 7, 2014  
Holy Kiev Batman!
A Thai court has ordered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and several cabinet ministers to step down.  They ruled that Ms Yingluck acted illegally when she transferred her national security head.
The ruling follows months of political deadlock. Anti-government protesters have been trying to oust Ms Yingluck since November 2013.

The remaining cabinet members have nominated the commerce minister to replace Ms Yingluck.
The cabinet has agreed to appoint Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan to act as caretaker prime minister.
Ms Yingluck had been accused of abuse of power in improperly transferring Thawil Pliensri, her national security chief appointed by the opposition-led administration, in 2011.

Earthquake in Thailand this week


Deadly attack on Thai protest camp in Bangkok
May 15, 2014
Three people have been killed and more than 20 others injured in an attack on an anti-government protest camp in the Thai capital, officials say.
Witnesses reported explosions and gunfire early on Thursday at a protest camp at Bangkok's Democracy Monument.

Protesters have been pressing the Senate to replace the cabinet with an appointed administration.
On Thursday, Thailand's military chief warned that the army could "use force" if political violence continued.

"If violence continues the military may need to come out... to restore peace and order," General Prayuth Chan-ocha said in a statement, adding that the army could be forced to end the violence "in full force".
Thailand has suffered months of deadlock since the protest campaign began in November, with at least 27 people killed and hundreds wounded.

Thailand coup as military seizes power
May 22, 2014  Constitution suspended, curfew imposed

Thailand army announced that the military is taking control of the government.
The army chief said the military would restore order and enact political reforms.
The coup came after two days of inconclusive talks between the main political factions.
Thailand has been in political turmoil for months. On Tuesday the army imposed martial law.
A curfew has now been declared, effective across the country from 22:00 to 05:00 local time.
Political party leaders were taken away from the talks venue after troops sealed off the area.
The army is to send troops and vehicles to escort protesters away from rally sites.

Thai army detains former PM
May 24, 2014
Thailand military detained former Prime Minister Yingluck, after summoning her for talks a day after the army overthrew her caretaker government in a coup.
Yingluck was forced to step down as prime minister May 7 but her caretaker government had remained nominally in power, even after the army declared martial law.

Thailand army ordered 35 more people, including prominent academics, to report to them.
This came a day after the army ordered 100 politicians to come to the military council.
Ms Yingluck was detained in Bangkok on Friday and spent the night in custody.
Several hundred protesters have taken to the streets of Bangkok to show their anger over the coup.

Will we be seeing this in USA soon?  Probably.

3 killed in Thailand explosions
May 25, 2014
 At least three people have been killed and 55 injured in a series of bombings which took place in Thailand’s south. Islamic insurgent activity has permeated the area for more than 10 years. “Explosions killed three and injured 55 people. Of those, five people were seriously injured…the explosions occurred in busy areas as people were shopping ahead of curfew,” Southern region military spokesman Colonel Piamote Prom-In told Thai television on Saturday, referring to a 10pm curfew imposed since a military coup on Thursday. In addition to the spate of attacks spanning Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat, provinces, some gunfire was also heard.

Thai army leader set to become next PM
August 21, 2014
Thai army leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha has been nominated as the country’s premier, with the official appointment expected to take place within a week. The 60-year-old general is set to retire from the army ranks next month, AP reported. The vote on the new premier has been the latest in army’s steps to consolidate its power: in July, the army adopted an interim 48-article constitution letting the general occupy the premier’s post while still in the army ranks. Then, the military appointed the assembly chiefly consisting of active and retired army officers.

Thai hospital creates Ebola vaccine  
Sept 30, 2014
Thailand has created an Ebola vaccine.  Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital reportedly developed a formula that will trigger antibodies to fight the virus, for which there is currently no known cure.

Bangkok Bombing
August 17, 2015
-  The terror bombing in Bangkok was a cruel reminder to vacationing Israelis of the terror attacks they  endured back home.  Bangkok is a popular tourist destination for many Israeli travelers.
The Israeli embassy began operating under emergency protocol, as Thailand has been the site of multiple attempts by Muslim terrorist attacks against Israeli targets.

Israeli commented - We didn’t hear the explosion inside the mall, and the building wasn’t evacuated. When we came outside we saw a lot of ambulances and a lot of police officers at the intersections. The streets were jammed with rescue vehicles.  They returned to their hotel, there was the feeling of a terrorist attack. Everywhere people were glued to the TV, and my son was a little scared.

A Chabad rabbi said their centers often become gathering places for Israelis caught in disasters abroad.
Rabbi Wilhelm called on concerned Israeli tourists to contact his house of worship rather than the Israeli embassy because he was already fielding numerous phone calls from worried parents. The rabbi also offered Israeli tourists the use of the Chabad House’s phone lines for free.

Bangkok bomb kills 22
August 17, 2015
-  A bomb in Bangkok killed 22 people and injures over 100.
The bombers targeted foreigners to damage tourism and the economy.  They wanted to see a lot of people dead.  TNT had been stuffed in a pipe inside a shrine.
The explosion took place in Bangkok's commercial hub, detonated in front of a popular shrine to the Hindu god Brahma, where thousands of Buddhist devotees visit every day. reported - Thai police seek suspect seen on CCTV at Bangkok bombing which killed 22 people and injured over 100.
The terrorist was carrying a backpack and walked past the scene at the time of the incident.

Bangkok bomber
Thai authorities suspect Uighur link
August 19, 2015
-  Bangkok shrine attacker was part of a network, the work of more than one person.
Thai authorities are investigating whether Uighur Muslims from far-western China staged the bombing.
Thailand has deported dozens of Uighurs to China sparking widespread criticism.
Police are not ruling out anything including Thai politics.

Uighurs of Xinjiang China
Uighurs are ethnically Turk Sunni Muslims. They prefer to be called Uyghurs instead of Turks.

August 20, 2015 -  The prime suspect in the bombings was foreign.
Police say at least 10 people are suspected of involvement in the attack.  
It was planned at least a month in advance.

Bangkok boat explosion
Mar 5, 2016
 -  A large gas explosion on a passenger boat in Bangkok has injured at least 60 passengers.  The injured passengers were admitted to local hospitals, with two people in serious condition.  The boat was loaded with about 70 people on an early morning route through the city's canals in a neighbourhood on the eastern outskirts of Bangkok.  The accident was the first of its kind in almost 30 years of service.

Thailand slips deeper into China's embrace
Mar 7, 2016
 -  Thailand wants to buy a submarine and China's offer looks tempting. Its cheaper and includes technology transfer and training. That, in a nutshell, describes the kind of friendship that China extends to the Thai military government.  In 2015 Chinese and Thai air forces held their first joint exercises.

Work on the Sino-Thai railway project that will give the trans-Asian rail network a sea outlet broke ground 2015 December.  Yet some developments have exposed the challenges of closer Sino-Thai relations. For all the hype over the joint railway project, both sides have a difficult time agreeing on the interest rate on a soft loan China would grant for the work. As at two weeks ago, both sides had yet to finalise their respective shares in the joint venture.

Bangkok Thailand
May 11, 2016
 -  Ping pong bomb explodes at Bangkok train station. 2 men injured when a table tennis ball stuffed with gun powder exploded at the Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok.

Thailand school dormitory fire
May 23, 2016  -  At least 17 girls have been killed by a fire
which swept through their school dormitory in northern Thailand.  The fire broke out on Sunday when many of the girls, aged between five and 13, were asleep.

Thailand bombings
Aug 12, 2016
 -  A series of coordinated blasts across Thailand has targeted tourist towns.  Several blasts hit the island of Phuket.  Friday is a holiday marking the queen's birthday.  Hua Hin is known as a royal city and the king's favoured residence outside Bangkok.  Two bombs injure foreign tourists.  The bombs were hidden in plant pots and detonated by mobile phones within half an hour of each other.

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Most likely it is a reaction to a Referendum that just passed, giving the Army another 5 years control of the country.  One of the political factions that was shut down by the Army 2 years ago is making a statement by trying to ruin the coming tourist season which will put pressure on the Army Junta.
The bombs are mostly fire bombs, deadly none the less.

Thailand welcomes new king
Dec 3, 2016
-  Thailand welcomes new king as he arrives at Grand Palace.
Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has become the new king, succeeding his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej.  Thailand’s new king, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, arrived at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Thursday to ascend the throne. Forum Index -> World NEWS
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