Tens of thousands of opposition and government supporters generate potential for trouble writes Asia Sentinel. Bangkok faces a growing crisis Saturday as tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of frustrated “Red Shirt” supporters of the government and equal numbers of opponents descend on the city for mass rallies. Suthep Thaugsuban, the secretary general of the People’s...
There have been a number of protest held by the reds to support the government ever since the Democrats changed their strategy from simply trying to kill the Amnesty Bill to try to bring down the government. These protests have been been on the outskirts of Bangkok and in major cities in the North and the...
It all happened much quicker than anybody thought. What was anticipated to last right into the weekend was done in a day and a night, and we all are still nurturing a massive political hangover. Parliament rushed the Amnesty Bill through the second and third readings with 310 votes and an absent opposition, and now...
UPDATE (November 1, 8.00am): After an 18-hour marathon session ending at 4.20 am, parliament punched the Amnesty Bill through the second and third reading with 310 votes, while 4 MPs abstained: the red shirt leaders Natthawut Saikaur and Weng Tojirakarn, original bill sponsor Worachai Hema and Khattiya Sawasdipol, and the daughter of Maj Gen Khattiya Sawasdipol aka “Seh Daeng”, the rogue...
When Thailand’s parliament reconvenes next week to continue the political season one of the most discussed and possibly the most controversial issue will be the passing of the so-called amnesty or reconciliation bill. Advertised as a means to overcome the ongoing political division by giving far-reaching amnesty to those convicted for taking part in the...
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