Constitutional Court Nullifies General Election

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The general election which was held in Thailand at the beginning of February has been ruled invalid by the kingdom’s Constitutional Court. The ruling, by a 6-3 vote, came on Friday in response to a motion put forward by a law lecturer who had challenged the legality of the election. The main point at issue […]

State of Emergency Lifted in Bangkok

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The emergency decree which has been in place in Bangkok and some surrounding districts since January has formally been lifted today. The decision comes just a few weeks after the main anti-government protest group announced they would be scaling back their activities. Although the emergency decree has now ended, Bangkok will be covered by the […]

Protests in Bangkok to be Scaled Down

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In a surprise announcement on Friday night, the man who has been leading the anti-government protests in Bangkok said his group would be scaling down activities in the Thai capital. Suthep Thaugsuban said the campaign against the government wasn’t over, but a number of rally sites in Bangkok would be closed down enabling roads to […]

Thailand Protests: Is Bangkok Safe to Visit?

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“How safe is Bangkok?” “Should I cancel my trip to Thailand?” “Will the airports remain open?” These are some of the questions that keep cropping up in emails sent to me via this site and messages on the Thaizer Facebook page. Over the past weeks and months, the momentum of the protests in Thailand has […]

Fatal Attacks on Thai Protest Sites

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The weekend saw more violence in Thailand with two separate attacks on sites occupied by anti-government protesters. On Saturday evening, shots were fired at a rally site in Trat province, eastern Thailand. A 5-year-old girl was killed and more than 30 were injured in the drive-by shooting. In Bangkok on Saturday, a grenade was launched […]

Thailand Election Partially Disrupted

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Thailand went to the polls yesterday and although there was some disruption due to the actions of anti-government protesters, officials say that nationwide 89% of polling booths operated normally. There were some isolated outbreaks of violence, notably on Saturday in Bangkok’s northern Laksi district where shots were fired as rival groups clashed. However, the weekend […]

Chinese New Year – Year of the Horse

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Today sees the start of the Chinese New Year as the outgoing Year of the Snake makes way for the Year of the Horse. With an estimated 14% of the Thai population being from Chinese descent it’s an event that is celebrated throughout Thailand, but has particularly strong historical associations with areas including Phuket, Trang, […]

Thai Election to Go Ahead

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Following a meeting yesterday between the government and Election Commission it was announced that the election in Thailand will still go ahead on February 2. There had been talk earlier in the week that the date could be rescheduled. Protesters gathered outside the Bangkok venue where the meeting was held and amidst angry scenes a […]

Early Voting Disrupted in Bangkok

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Anti-government protesters blocked entrances to polling stations in Bangkok and some southern Thai provinces yesterday. Advanced voting ahead of next week’s election was severely disrupted in Bangkok with the unruly scenes and voter intimidation eventually forcing the cancellation of the polls at most of the designated venues in the Thai capital. The disruption came despite […]