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What is the tear gas for?

By Mon, May 17, 2010 1:38AM UTC

In January 2010, the army was given a large amount of money to buy riot gear as the Bangkok Post reports: Cabinet on Tuesday gave the army 247 million baht ($7.5 million) to buy new rubber bullets, tear gas and other anti-riot equipment, in anticipation of fresh anti-government protests.…The army

Human Rights Watch: Revoke ‘Live Fire Zones’ in Bangkok

By Sun, May 16, 2010 11:34PM UTC

HRW pass on their latest statement: The Thai government should immediately revoke the designation of neighborhood areas as “live fire zones” that might be used to justify the unnecessary and unlawful use of lethal force, Human Rights Watch said today.…By setting out these ‘live fire zones’, the Thai authorities are

Bangkok Dangerous map

By Sun, May 16, 2010 9:36PM UTC

Have posted this map before, but as Richard Barrow constantly updates it will post again. It shows you where the violence is taking place in Bangkok.

What do the coalition partners think of the crackdown?

By Sun, May 16, 2010 7:53PM UTC

Thai Rath reports that the Democrat’s coalition partners have been meeting. At first, they decided that dissolving parliament was not the answer (ทางแกนนำพรรคร่วมรัฐบาลได้มีการหารือร่วมกันตลอด โดยเห็นว่าจากเดิมที่มองว่าการยุบสภาไม่ใช่ทางออกของการแก้ปัญหา) so wanted the government to continue to overcome this crisis (จึงพยายามประคับประคองการอยู่ร่วมรัฐบาลต่อไปเพื่อให้ผ่านพ้นวิกฤติครั้งนี้), but after the situation became more violent and the government used force causing many people

Tension in Ubon Ratchathani, burning tires

By Sun, May 16, 2010 6:21PM UTC

The Thai Report has posted 36 images of tires being burnt by reds shirts in Ubon Ratchathani (in the Northeast) outside the Air Force base there and notes that a few hundred reds have gathered around. BP: TR has also uploaded video here.

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