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Protest leader blacked out after illegal attempt to rearrest him on Friday night in Bangkok failed after fracas

Protest leader blacked out after illegal attempt to rearrest him on Friday night in Bangkok failed after fracas

October 31, 2020

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Police in Pathum Wan reported to be preparing to rearrest Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanakul after she was admitted to the Praram 9 Hospital early on Saturday… Read More ›

Coup again ruled out by Prawit as reconciliation is sought but with growing calls for Prayut to go

Coup again ruled out by Prawit as reconciliation is sought but with growing calls for Prayut to go

October 30, 2020

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After another week of protests and two days of a special parliamentary session, the kingdom is still mired in political conflict. There are two key… Read More ›

Chiang Rai MP shocks parliament in Bangkok by slashing himself in an outcry at police force action

Chiang Rai MP shocks parliament in Bangkok by slashing himself in an outcry at police force action

October 28, 2020

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Ruling Palang Pracharat Party MP Sira Jenjaka expressed disappointment in Mr Visan’s actions. He pointed out that he was a former deputy commerce minister. He… Read More ›

Royalists claim the United States is seeking to destabilise Thailand using ‘hybrid warfare’ tactics and media

Royalists claim the United States is seeking to destabilise Thailand using ‘hybrid warfare’ tactics and media

October 27, 2020

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The current United States Ambassador Michael De Sombre has long refuted claims that the United States was supporting political activity in Thailand including protests. The… Read More ›

Monarchy takes centre stage as Monday’s protests took place near the German Embassy in Bangkok

Monarchy takes centre stage as Monday’s protests took place near the German Embassy in Bangkok

October 27, 2020

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German foreign minister tells Reuters that the German government is monitoring the situation concerning the presence of the Thai King in Germany as the issue… Read More ›

Protest leader tells Prayut his term as PM is over as thousands again take to the Bangkok streets against him

Protest leader tells Prayut his term as PM is over as thousands again take to the Bangkok streets against him

October 26, 2020

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Protesters taunted the Prime Minister by paraphrasing the monarch’s praise for a loyal supporter on Friday. ‘Very brave, very brave, good job, good job –… Read More ›

Strength of support for the monarchy being seen this week as political unrest deepens into standoff

Strength of support for the monarchy being seen this week as political unrest deepens into standoff

October 25, 2020

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Events this week show that the Thai public still retains strong support for the monarchy but also wants to see more unity in politics and… Read More ›

PM says he is not resigning but seeks resolution as key protest leader, Anon, chooses to stay in prison

PM says he is not resigning but seeks resolution as key protest leader, Anon, chooses to stay in prison

October 24, 2020

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Protest leaders rallying outside Bangkok Remand Prison in Thailand’s capital are warning that they have another ‘surprise’ for the government and that failure by the… Read More ›

Top minister accuses protesters of imperiling economic recovery and the health of Thai people at this time

Top minister accuses protesters of imperiling economic recovery and the health of Thai people at this time

October 23, 2020

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The comments come as there are tentative signs that Thailand’s predicted economic contraction for 2020 will not be as severe as expected while the Ministry… Read More ›

Severe emergency rescinded but the measure has worsened, not quelled the kingdom’s unrest as crisis looms

Severe emergency rescinded but the measure has worsened, not quelled the kingdom’s unrest as crisis looms

October 22, 2020

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The Thai Prime Minister made a gesture to the protest movement but it is unlikely to result in talks. Both sides inhabit different worlds. It… Read More ›

Large protest turnout in Bangkok on Wednesday pushed for the PM to go with a 3-day ultimatum delivered

Large protest turnout in Bangkok on Wednesday pushed for the PM to go with a 3-day ultimatum delivered

October 22, 2020

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Protesters in Bangkok on Wednesday night appeared more confident and to have momentum as they confronted police at key points throughout the city. Earlier in… Read More ›

Voice TV ordered shut by a Thai court as action against media outlets proceeds despite assurances

Voice TV ordered shut by a Thai court as action against media outlets proceeds despite assurances

October 20, 2020

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Top government officials appeared reticent on Tuesday about closing down media outlets as efforts to resolve the political crisis on the streets have begun and… Read More ›

China and Thailand forging deeper ties which may pose a problem for western firms in the future

China and Thailand forging deeper ties which may pose a problem for western firms in the future

October 19, 2020

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US Ambassador Michael de Sombre in early October questioned the efficacy of Thailand’s long term fight against the virus and described the kingdom as being… Read More ›

Prime Minister’s position has been weakened by protests as progressive leader says he must go to allow talks 

Prime Minister’s position has been weakened by protests as progressive leader says he must go to allow talks 

October 19, 2020

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Moves are underway to bring this crisis back to parliament after government MPs appear to have misjudged the public’s mood on September 24th last when… Read More ›

Protester charged with harming the Queen’s liberty claims innocence after his arrest on Friday in Bangkok

Protester charged with harming the Queen’s liberty claims innocence after his arrest on Friday in Bangkok

October 18, 2020

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The incident underscores the dangerous and disturbing position that Thailand now finds itself in, where the monarchy, long-held above the political fray, is being drawn… Read More ›

Protests on the streets creating political tensions as PM warns the public only the country will lose

Protests on the streets creating political tensions as PM warns the public only the country will lose

October 17, 2020

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Advice to the current Prime Minister Prayuth Chan ocha from his predecessor from 2014, Yingluck Shinawatra on Saturday, will not have been welcomed and indicates… Read More ›

Press conference given by activist and Progressive Movement leader checked by abrupt police visit

Press conference given by activist and Progressive Movement leader checked by abrupt police visit

October 16, 2020

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Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, formerly the Secretary-General of the disbanded Future Forward Party, was visible on Wednesday night, some hours ahead of the government crackdown early on… Read More ›

Water cannon used to fend off Bangkok protesters as police uphold the strict new emergency laws

Water cannon used to fend off Bangkok protesters as police uphold the strict new emergency laws

October 16, 2020

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Standoff between police and more aggressive protesters near Pathumwan intersection in Bangkok after both sides sprayed each other with coloured substances. Shopping centres and landmark… Read More ›

Revived protest ends in Bangkok as severe state of emergency is declared and protest leaders promptly arrested

Revived protest ends in Bangkok as severe state of emergency is declared and protest leaders promptly arrested

October 15, 2020

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Senior police officers fired after Wednesday’s debacle with reports that an operation centre led by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan will be established to restore… Read More ›

Fears of a crackdown on protest grow overnight as PM warns parents to get loved ones out of zone before action

Fears of a crackdown on protest grow overnight as PM warns parents to get loved ones out of zone before action

October 15, 2020

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The news comes as an arch royalist, Major General Rienthong Nanna, in a chilling Facebook post, warned that Bangkok was being surrounded by pro royalist… Read More ›