» 04/13/2010, 00.00
Thailand’s socio-political system, crucial factor in its political crisis
The conflict is about not only haves and have-nots but also about two different ways of envisaging society. PIME missionary says red-shirts have brought together all anti-government groups with Thaksin operating behind the scene to get back into power. About 90 per cent of the population wants peace and is concerned about the crisis’ impact on the economy, especially tourism.
Bangkok: more red-shirt protests after state of emergency is declared
Protest leaders call on supporters to travel to Bangkok to celebrate Thai New Year and victory over the government. Abhisit announces road map for new elections to be held at the end of the year, seeks military support. About 78 per cent of the people want peace in the country.
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.
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.
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