From British daily The Morning Star:
Ousted Thai premier calls for revolution
Sunday 12 April 2009
UNSTOPPABLE: Anti-government demonstrators surrounding the motorcade of the Thai prime minister.
OUSTED Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra called for a revolution on Sunday after rioting erupted in the capital Bangkok.
Protesters commandeered public buses and swarmed triumphantly over military vehicles in unchecked defiance after the government declared a state of emergency.
The emergency decree bans gatherings of more than five people, forbids news reports which are considered threatening to public order and allows the government to call up military troops to quell unrest. …
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s government suffered a major humiliation on Saturday when it failed to stop hundreds of demonstrators from storming the venue of a 16-nation Asian summit, forcing its cancellation and the evacuation of the leaders by helicopter.
There were signs yesterday that the government might not be able to contain the protesters again. ..
Demonstrators from the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship say that Mr Abhisit’s four-month-old government took power illegitimately and want new elections.
They also accuse the country’s elite – the military, judiciary and other unelected officials – of undermining democracy by interfering in politics.
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Anti-government protestors clash with soldiers in Thai capital: here.
Thai authorities crack down on protesters amid new year holiday: here.
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Who are the key players in Thailand? Here.
The lessons of Thailand’s political upheaval: here.
Ongoing differences between Thailand’s shaky coalition government and the military were highlighted by an attack on a mosque in the country’s unstable southern region on June 8: here.