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SarasotaRepub
04-12-2009, 08:35 AM
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BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva announced a state of emergency Sunday in the capital city, Bangkok, and surrounding areas in an attempt to contain days of intensifying anti-government protests.

Immediately after the prime minister's announcement, dozens of protesters stormed the country's interior ministry and pelted Abhisit's car with rocks, chairs, flags and sticks as he escaped.

Protesters climbed atop two military armored cars after laying down on the road and blocking its path. A police officer was also led away by demonstrators and later beaten, said Sathit Wongnongtoey, an official in the prime minister's office.


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djones520
04-12-2009, 08:38 AM
Isn't this like a weekly event over in that part of the world?

SarasotaRepub
04-12-2009, 09:12 AM
Isn't this like a weekly event over in that part of the world?


It sure seems to be in Thailand. It's almost not worthy of Breaking News anymore. :D

AHeneen
04-12-2009, 03:42 PM
Isn't this like a weekly event over in that part of the world?

No! The last protests were in December, and the previous to those were a year or two ago.


It sure seems to be in Thailand. It's almost not worthy of Breaking News anymore. :D

This isn't really Breaking News...but someone should have posted the protests at the Association of South East Asian Nations conference on Friday (?) in which protestors entered the hotel complex it was located in (of, course several Foreign Ministers and a few Prime Ministers/Presidents were present) forcing the conference to be cancelled.

I side with the protestors. The current Thai PM was put into power by a 2006 military coup. These protestors are demanding the return of the former (legitimate) PM from exile. Thai politics is markedly divided between the urban middle/upper class and the rural poor and the tension between the two bubbles up from time to time.

Odysseus
04-12-2009, 04:20 PM
No! The last protests were in December, and the previous to those were a year or two ago.

This isn't really Breaking News...but someone should have posted the protests at the Association of South East Asian Nations conference on Friday (?) in which protestors entered the hotel complex it was located in (of, course several Foreign Ministers and a few Prime Ministers/Presidents were present) forcing the conference to be cancelled.

I side with the protestors. The current Thai PM was put into power by a 2006 military coup. These protestors are demanding the return of the former (legitimate) PM from exile. Thai politics is markedly divided between the urban middle/upper class and the rural poor and the tension between the two bubbles up from time to time.

The previous PM, Thaksin Shinawatra, was apparently too pro-free markets for the courts. He had privatized a lot of the Thai economy and they did everything that they could to charge him with corruption for it, although none of the charges appear to have any traction. Also, he suppressed the Moslem insurgens in the south, which seems to have irritated the intelligentsia.

expat-pattaya
04-13-2009, 12:21 AM
There is no good guy in this.

Thaksin is a thug who "bought" the election years back and then rewarded his paid voters with cheap loans and govt goodies which in the end did little to improve their lives. His voter bloc is the impoverished and uneducated from the northern Isaan province. Currently wearing "red shirts". In the process he gleaned billions for his personal fortune. He and his cronies took corruption to new levels. His handling of the muslim unrest on the south was also harsh and poorly thought out.

Thaksin was removed from power by the Bangkok elite who opposed his election under the position that the uneducated peasants didn't know what they were doing. (Well duh, check the rest of the world for how democracy works or doesn't). They support the King. In essence, they really want him back in power. Problem is, he is the reason Thailand HAS a democracy. As a US born guy educated in MIT he recognizes the days of kings are over and has tried (hitting the reset button after every failure) to institute a democracy there before he dies. At the age of 80 something one wonders if he will succeed. His supporters wear "yellow shirts" and occupied the airport and govt house last year and earlier getting the previous PMs removed from office through protest.

So, having watched their last two PMs removed from office, the red shirts are pissed off and striking back with the same tactics. Problem is, the military largely sides with the King and yellow shirts and would not fire on the yellow shirt protesters. Not 100% sure about this case and it is getting uglier.

IMO, the King has one last chance to "fix" the problem. NOT sure it acn be fixed as the complaints from both sides have merit. The rich DO screw the poor there and the poor ARE ignorant sods. If something can be done it will take both a constitutional republic form of govt and a strong hand to enforce it for at least a generation until the thais get the hang of elections and fairness in their lives.

Personally, I'm just glad I am currently in Arizona for the summer watching from afar. I think it will shke out in the next month or so.