Thailand on the Brink: 4 Killed and 100 Injured in Anti-Government Protests

Anti-government protesters clashed with riot police over the weekend in an attempt to unseat Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

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Four people died and more than 100 were injured as violence returned to Bangkok over the weekend. Riot police held their lines by using water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to force back thousands of protesters attempting to storm government buildings by throwing rocks and homemade explosives.

Attempts to unseat the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra appear to be entering their final phase, as protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban declared a “day of victory” on Sunday. He gave the embattled Thai Prime Minister two days to step down. Thaugsuban has since moved to an undisclosed location.

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hjarten
hjarten

The guy leading the protests is the same guy who unleashed the army during last protests.  90 people lost their lives.  The current protesters are people who have not won an election in 20 years because they look down on the poor and uneducated and do not believe that they should have a vote.  They are elitists.  This is their way of disenfranchising the rural poor voters. 11 million vs 15 million.  Both sides pay for votes.  


The amnesty act was quickly trounced and protesters took to the streets.  The main people who are dishing out the violence are university students.  Before this, university student killed and beat rival university students; think Crips and Bloods.  Thai education system leaves a lot to be desired.  


The Prime Minister has been putting out these protester fires since this thing began.  4 of her supporters have been killed already.  She has no desire to see the violence escalate. She has done a pretty good job in my opinion even though the amnesty bill was a big mistake.  She is hard pressed but has been showing her mettle of late. 

This is sour grapes from the losers.  They are hoping to force a coup and set up their hand picked government.  No way Jose. 

I have lived in Thailand for last two years.  If the current government and its supporters are some how thrown out, I will leave.  I have no desire to live in an authoritarian country.   

MichaelStewart
MichaelStewart

What shinawatra should do is unleash Thailand might army and crush those evil rebels so she can restore order to her Empire I mean republic.

ChinaLee
ChinaLee

Thailand is a democratic mess.

When you lose at the polls, you wait until the next election for your chance to run the government.

You do not go out into the streets and keep trying to overthrow a freely-elected democratic government.

These anti-government protests are an attempt at a coup and they are undemocratic. They must stop.

NeverWrongSometimes
NeverWrongSometimes

If you don't want to live in a totalitarian country then hope that the Shinawatra family can't consolidate their power like Thaksin's buddy Hun Sen did in Cambodia.  As far as protests in Thailand, they are like the rain...sometimes it rains a little which helps the rice grow and sometimes it rains a lot and causes floods.  It can't rain everyday and when the rain stops and it's another sunny day.

MelanieP
MelanieP

@ChinaLee  This is not a freely-elected democratic government.  This is a government that has paid for its electoral votes.  The protesters accepted this until the corrupt government pushed its boundaries by trying to erase the crimes of a corrupt prime minister and allow him to return to the country to rape and sell off the rest of the country's assets for his family's benefit.  Please know the facts before commenting.

tinkertailor88
tinkertailor88

@MelanieP  why do you think the poor voters from the North give a crap about what the middle-class, urban elites in Bangkok and the south consider as abuse of power and corruption when none of the politicians you guys put into power ever offer any assistance and hope to them ? Thaksin, regardless of corruption, is the only one who see the opportunity to offer help and hope to the rural poor in Thailand, which, unfortunately for you rich elites, form the majority of voters in Thailand ? so, what if they allow their votes to be exchanged in return for subsidy and government programme aimed specifically to help them ? if the Democrats think they can do better, and can offer more hope to them, you can "buy" their votes too. do you seriously think the voters who voted for Thaksin are stupid and uneducated ? they would be stupid and uneducated if they didn't vote for someone who offered aid and hope to them. maybe, you should look yourself in the mirror and think long and hard before commenting.