Thailand’s state of emergency

Sociologist Dr Pasuk Phongpaichit was quoted in the Bangkok Post saying that the gap between the richest and poorest families in Thailand is 13 times, higher than any other country in the ASEAN region, a record I didn't realise Thailand held. For about four weeks now, the Red Shirts (the disenfranchised poor or The National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted in 2006) have been marching from the provinces into Bangkok and are agitating for fresh elections. They're still gathering strength and they've hardened their negotiating stance. Below are some links for keeping up with what's happening: Here's a good collection of stills, maps and footage of the carnage this past … [Read more...]

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LOL this last entry in Nirmal Ghosh’s live-blogging on 14 Apr 2009 upon the Red Shirt leader's call for an end to the protests:The reds are dispersing, to rousing music and dousing each other with water to celebrate Songkran. A potentially disastrous situation has been averted. The Songkran Festival was extended two days, for “cleanup”. [[Straight face: pelt water not tear gas! Smirk, enter stage right.]]] … Kum.ba.ya.my.lord… kum.BA.YAAA… Thaksin vs the King? Ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra The Yellow Shirts are advocating for a roll-back of "democracy". From Der Speigel, The King's Silence (09 Dec 2008):The airport occupiers and their supporters (Yellow Shirts) are revolting against a democratically elected government whose political … [Read more...]