When spirituality used in Thai politics

Monks play an important role in spiritual and social aspects of Thailand. Remembering the incidents of a monk, a co-leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has left many confused about the role of religious “neutral” people of the cloth. Extracts from Reuters’ 1st March article: A young Thai man and woman are on […]

Security guard attacked, detained by PDRC supporters

‎Mr. Yuem Nillar says he was beaten, tied-up and dumped into a river by PDRC protest guards. (Images from Policespokesmen Facebook) The victim, a security guard at a company in Bangkok, said he was resting in Lumpini Park after finishing work on the morning of Feb 24 when 2 PDRC “guards” approached him demanding that […]

More military patrols in Bangkok, says Thai Army Chief

‎Thai Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered frequent military patrols in Bangkok, especially on elevated roads and high-rise buildings, following a series of grenade attacks in the capital. Soon if the threat from the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has not been neutralised, Bangkok will be just like any other heavily militarised towns in ‎the […]

Inviting Abhisit to resign from Thai politics

Former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday said the ongoing political conflict has reached a stalemate and it can only be eased if caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra makes a retreat. I for one don’t believe that to be true. It is easier for Mr. Abhisit to say that because he is one of the problems […]

Thailand’s Economic Fallout

Thailand announced a slump in trade figures on Tuesday with the biggest drop in imports in more than four years in January, as months of anti-government protests extended their economic toll beyond falling tourism numbers. The protesters, whose disruption of a general election this month left Thailand in political limbo, aim to topple caretaker Prime […]

UNICEF urges “child-free” protest sites after violence claims three young lives

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today urged the Government, pro- and anti-government protest leaders and parents to protect children by keeping them away from all protest sites after the latest round of deadly political violence claimed the lives of three children and severely injured two others. A 5-year-old girl was killed when gunmen attacked […]

Nearly Everyone Knows the PDRC Protesters are Armed

A Thai state-owned public broadcaster, MCOT, released the following news:- Thailand’s army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha today called on the government to urgently end the widening use of weapons to attack protesters, judges, independent agencies and state office buildings. He said the use of weapons, whether on protesters or the authorities, was a serious offence against the […]

Heroic Thai policeman tries to save lives

Violence erupted in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, yesterday when the Thai Royal Police tried to disperse anarchists and members of the so-called People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). After failed negotiations and consultations between the police and the unrepentant fascist leaders of PDRC and former MPs of the Democrat Party, the police moved in to uphold the […]

Thailand Political Crisis Hurting the People, Economy

The worsening conflict is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy, with Thailand’s currency falling to a fresh three-year low of 32.82 baht to the dollar in early trading Thursday. The Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Office on Thursday lowered its economic growth forecast for 2014 to 4.0% from 5.1%, but warned that growth […]

Thai Prime Minister: Suthep wants to dissolve the Parliament

Yingluck Shinawatra, the Prime Minister of Thailand, gave her statement and answered questions from members of the local and foreign press in Bangkok. If you want to listen to Yingluck responding in English to questions from journalists, speed up to 9:17 minutes in the video.  

UN Sec-Gen office statement on situation of Thailand

New York, 27 November 2013 – Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Thailand The Secretary-General has followed closely the events in Thailand over the last few weeks and is concerned by the rising political tensions in Bangkok.  The Secretary-General calls on all sides to exercise the utmost restraint, refrain from the use of violence and […]

Thailand: Drunkard attacked by Democrat-led mob

A middle-aged man was beaten today by the Democrat Party-led mob. He was drunk and the mob thought he was an undercover policeman. It turns out that the poor victim was a fellow protester who was drunk on local whiskey as he was celebrating the gathering. Irrespective of his intoxication, the mob had no right […]

Bangkok mob violence threatens safety of children, schools

Satriwitthaya School near Bangkok’s Democracy Monument will be closed on Friday to protect its pupils from any possible harm during the continuing anti-government and anti-amnesty protests in the area. The school is located on Dinso road in Phra Nakhon district, near to the anti-amnesty bill rally site at Democracy Monument. The protest against the government’s proposed […]

Thailand: anti-amnesty violence

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has urged protesters to maintain law and order during their demonstrations – emphasizing that the government will, indeed, accept the Senate’s final verdict on the amnesty bill. Yingluck responded to the Democrat Party’s contentious remarks over the amnesty bill by stating that the government has made its stance […]

5,000 riot police on stand-by in southern Thailand

Rubber farmers in Thailand took to the streets again on Monday to demand that the government buy their produce at prices higher than the market, rejecting a subsidy offered last month and threatening violence if their demands are not met. Around 300 rubber farmers gathered in Bang-saphan district, around 300 km (190 miles) south of […]

Southern rioters burning cars belong to journalists

Tens of thousands of farmers in the country’s main southern rubber-producing region are demanding greater state support after a slowdown in demand from China and concerns over global economic growth sent prices tumbling to multi-year lows in mid-2012. Criminal activity, especially connected to drug and fuel trafficking has influenced some farmer groups to resort to […]

Thai police injured in Thai rubber riots

A policeman who’s pants was damaged when rubber protesters grew violent and threw improvised explosives at riot police in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. According to local residents, Democrat Party members were seen at the riots that left more than 23 policemen and 5 farmers injured. Recommended read: CNN

People’s Army: Fist Fight Prevented by Elderly Woman

At 7:00 pm on Sunday August 4, 2013, there was an argument among the members of the People’s Army. The incident took place outside of Lumpini Park, where people came close to exchanging blows. An elderly woman scolded the men and that prevented the situation from growing worse.