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Anti-government protesters wave Thai national flags and clapping tools during rally at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday. Pic: AP.

Asia Foundation survey – Part 1: Who are the Thai protesters?

By Fri, Dec 20, 2013 3:11PM UTC 9 Comments Anti-government protesters wave Thai national flags and clapping tools during rally at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday. Pic: AP.

Some in the Thai media and Thai society have been unhappy with the foreign media’s portrayal of the protests. The Nation in an editorial entitled “Elites versus the grass-roots is a dangerous myth” Those seeking to portray the protests as a battle between rich and poor are missing the truth: most Thais are united by...

Some personal thoughts: Thai amnesty bill’s wrongs do not make one right

By Mon, Nov 04, 2013 11:30AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

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...

Thailand: Tensions rise ahead of amnesty bill showdown, protests (UPDATE)

By Thu, Oct 31, 2013 10:00AM UTC 1 Comment The proposed new draft of the amnesty bill would pardon former prime ministers Thaksin Shinawatra (left) and Abhisit Vejjajiva. Pic: AP.

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...

Thailand: Reconciliation games continue as amnesty bill goes to parliament

By Fri, Jul 26, 2013 10:30AM UTC Comments Off Former Thailand Prime Ministers Thaksin Shinawatra and Abhisit Vejjajiva. Pics: AP.

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...

Debate rages over Thailand’s lèse majesté law

By Mon, Feb 04, 2013 10:30AM UTC Comments Off Students from Thammasat and Chulalongkorn University show a banner during a football match between the two universities on February 2, 2013. The students are calling for the release of veteran labor activist Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, who has been sentenced to 11 years in jail for lèse majesté in January 2013. (Picture via Twitter/@Anuthee)

After the verdict against veteran labor activist Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, discussions about lèse majesté have been reignited on many levels and also in many forms. Somyot was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison, 10 of them for publishing articles (which he didn’t write himself) in a magazine that were deemed insulting to the monarchy – after being previously...

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