26 September 2016
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  •    - Brunei
  •    - Cambodia
  •    - East Timor
  •    - Indonesia
  •    - Laos
  •    - Malaysia
  •    - Myanmar
  •    - Philippines
  •    - Singapore
  •    - Thailand
  •    - Vietnam
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia

  • mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato


    » 03/13/2010, 00.00

    THAILAND

    Bangkok, thousands of "red shirts" on the streets to demand fresh elections



    Supporters of former premier Thaksin, led by the opposition party United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), arrive in the capital ahead of tomorrow’s demonstration. They brand as "illegitimate" the current government headed by Abhisit, who came to power through a coup by the military. For the moment no problem in public order.

    Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) - reached Bangkok to attend the public demonstration scheduled for tomorrow. The protesters are calling for new elections and the return of Thaksin Shinawatra, the Thai billionaire and former Prime Minister, in exile after being sentenced to two years for corruption. At least 40 thousand police are patrolling the streets to prevent possible accidents, although at the moment, there are no reports of public order.  

    Organizers confirm that the street demonstrations are of a "peaceful" nature demonstrator’s hold out roses to the policemen and the authorities are trying in every way to avoid possible clashes. Banks have closed their ATMs in some areas of the capital, including Ratchadamnoen Nai Street. Yesterday, schools and offices closed early, to avoid the congesting traffic in the main streets of Bangkok.  

    The government has deployed a larger number of soldiers throughout the capital. A part of the executive has also called for the application of the Internal Security Act, which assigns "extra" powers to the army, including the imposition of curfew and a restriction on mass gatherings. In April 2009, a massive public demonstration of the "red shirts" in Bangkok degenerated into riots and violence which caused two deaths; at least 120 injured and burned buses on the edge of roads.  

    Thai premier Abhisit Vejjajiva confirms that the situation in the capital is "normal." The level of alert, however, is still high and the public security and safety centre is closely monitoring the situation. The Prime Minister has asked all parties to do everything possible to "avoid all forms of violence."

    The "red shirts" have taken to the streets demanding new elections, believing they can return to power after the military coup in 2006 that led to the ouster of then prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. They argue that the current Government of Prime Minister Abhisit that took office in December 2008, is "illegitimate" and is based on the support of the military leadership of the country.  

    For four years, Thaksin Shinawatra has lived in exile in London and Dubai. He was recently ordered to return 46 of the 76 billion baht (about 1.7 billion euros) which - according to the judges - are the result of "abuse of power, concealment of assets and public tax fraud" made while he held the post of prime minister.

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    15/03/2010 THAILAND
    Pro-Thaksin "Red Shirts" in showdown against Premier Abhisit
    In a televised message Abhisit Vejjajiva rejects early elections because the government is legitimate and enjoys wide popular support. Yesterday Thaksin's supporters marched through the streets of the capital, but there were no problems of public security. Put aside - for now - the possibility of declaring martial law.

    14/04/2009 THAILAND
    Government protests called off in Thailand
    Demonstrators were surrounded by army. Over past few days, 2 protesters have died and over 100 been injured in clashes with security forces. Support for Thaksin begins to waver. Doubts shroud his democratic ideals.

    21/09/2010 THAILAND
    Pro-Thaksin "Red Shirts" against military coup
    The Puea Thai Party is launching a series of activities to commemorate "the happiness” of the people before the ouster of former prime minister. On September 19 the "red shirts" marched through the streets of the capital, coinciding with the fourth anniversary of the uprising. Meanwhile the government continues with its policy of national "reconciliation".

    08/11/2007 THAILAND
    First post-coup elections underway
    Some 18 Parties are competing for 480 seats to be decided on December 23. The Democratic Party is going head-to-head with the People’s Power Party which still backs ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, now in exile after last year’s military takeover.

    26/11/2008 THAILAND
    “Final Battle” in Bangkok: airport occupied and 7 injured
    Early this morning anti-government protesters took over the airport control tower. At least 80 flights have been cancelled or delayed; over half of all flights cancelled. Bombs injure 7 demonstrators.



    Editor's choices

    ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM
    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)



    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.


    CHINA-VATICAN
    Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.
     


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®