» 05/11/2010, 00.00
INDIA – THAILAND
Forty-three Asian NGOs call for a “peaceful solution” to Thailand’s political crisis
Demonstrators want to see Thailand’s deputy prime minister charged for his alleged role in the 10 April violence. The government responds saying protesters’ demands are not clear. A group of Asian NGOs sends a letter to the Thai Foreign Ministry, expressing their “concern” for the situation. An Indian activist urges the parties to respect international legal standards.
In Bangkok, thousands pray for peace
Christians, Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus gather at dawn at ten points in the capital to renew an appeal for reconciliation. Analysts say divisions are deep; only major socio-political reforms can re-unify the country. The red shirts’ surrender does not mean peace.
Three-night curfew in Bangkok as fear of more violence lingers
The authorities have cleared the area occupied by the red-shirts. Some opposition leaders appeal for peace after surrendering to police. About 35 buildings were set on fire in the Thai capital, including the stock exchange. Yesterday’s clashes left 14 people dead. Overall, 82 people lost their lives since the protest began.
Army begins final offensive against demonstrators in Bangkok, so far one dead, 12 wounded
The army is trying to clear the area under red-shirt control. Three reporters are wounded during the clashes. Demonstrators set bus and tyres on fire. Two army vehicles are torched. Suspended army officer who backed protesters is in come after being hit by a sniper. ACHR director slams the Thai government for the violence.
Army surrounding red shirts as crisis hits the stock market
The authorities are getting ready for a showdown with demonstrators who vow to fight on. Protest leader says, “We will fight with our bare hands." Thai prime minister withdraws offer to hold elections on 14 November, pledges “to restore normalcy as soon as possible.” Markets are down as fears grow with regard to tourism.
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.
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