» 04/30/2010, 00.00
Bangkok "red shirts" raid on a hospital, patients evacuated
About 200 protesters broke into the facility in search of Thai soldiers. Thousand patients transferred to other facilities. Opposition leaders condemn the act and apologize. AsiaNews sources: a "worrying" situation. The army supports the government, but wants to avoid bloodshed.
Clashes between army and "redshirts" in Bangkok. Opposition TV closed
Anti-government demonstrators attack a military base. Soldiers responded with water cannons and rubber bullets. More than 90 people injured. Thai authorities shut down "Peoples Channel" TV for a second time, the satellite channel accused of fomenting violence. Yesterday leaders of the protest had restored broadcasts.
Divided, Thais to vote on 3 July
For outgoing PM Abhisit, the poll represents a “new beginning”. For his pro-Thaksin opponents, it will be a chance to win back power after their judicial exclusion in 2008. Analysts stress that the country is still hampered by “deep cleavages”. Doubts remain over the role of the military, whose leaders are concerned about any ‘Jasmine Revolution’ effect.
Yellow Shirts call for martial law as a Catholic colonel is buried
To pro-government movement says it will defend the country against the Red Shirts. Prime Minister Abhisit rejects opposition proposal for elections in three months time. AsiaNews remembers Christopher Romklao Thuwatham, a 44-year-old army colonel, who died during violent clashes in the capital on 10 April.
Government and “red shirts” meet to discuss the political crisis gripping the country
PM Abhisit Vejjajiva meets protest leader to find an agreed solution to the crisis. Anti-government demonstrators demand the dissolution of parliament and fresh elections within two weeks. The prime minister wants to amend the 2007 constitution first.
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.
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