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Pirapan Salirathavibhaga: The ruling party peace-broker tipped for PM candidacy 

Former justice minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga is making waves in the ruling Palang Pracharath Party after being appointed as advisor to powerful party leader Gen Prawit Wongsuwan. Key party figures describe…

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Politician Jatuporn Prompan (C) and fellow “Red Shirt” leaders arrive at Criminal Court in Bangkok on August 14, 2019 before the final ruling on alleged offences committed by “Red Shirt” leaders and key figures in 2009. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Former red-shirt leader Jatuporn released on bail by Thai Appeals Court

After 97 days behind bars, former chairman of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) Jatuporn Prompan was released from Bangkok remand prison this evening (Thursday) after the Appeals…

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Thailand’s October 14, 1973 student uprising commemorated

Former student leaders, politicians of both government and opposition camps, relatives of those who died, Christian, Islamic and Buddhist clerics and representatives of pro-democracy groups gathered at the October 14th…

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Pheu Thai party sacks two dissident MPs

The opposition Pheu Thai party decided to sack two dissident MPs, Sarunvuth Sarunkate, of Uttaradit province, and Pornpimon Thammasarn, of Pathum Thani province, for defying the party whip to vote…

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Thai police charge Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit with lèse majesté

Nang Loeng police submitted its case file, on a lèse majesté charge against Progressive Group leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, to the Office of the Attorney-General today (Tuesday). Thanathorn’s lawyer, Krisadang Nutcharat,…

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Lively first day of candidate registration in Thailand’s sub-district elections

Old and new faces in Thailand’s local politics showed up in force on Monday to register their candidacy in the first Tambon Administration Organization (TAO) elections in eight years. Atmosphere…

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Thai police warn youths may emulate violence seen in hit TV series ‘Squid Game’

Thai police have expressed concerns over South Korea’s hit survival drama TV series “Squid Game”, citing some violent scenes which may affect the mental health of some youths and lead…

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during his visit to Nakhon Si Thammarat on October 7, 2021.

Can Thailand’s 2014 coup leader secure another 5 years in power?

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s words to supporters in the South last week were interpreted by many as a sign he intends to seek another term in office. “I and my team are…

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Protest leader Benja Apan held on remand after court rejects her bail request

One of the leaders of the anti-establishment “United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration” group, 22-year-old Benja Apan, was taken to the Central Women’s Correctional Institute this afternoon (Friday), to be…

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Thai Civil Court rejects plea to suspend public gathering restrictions

The Thai Civil Court today (Friday) dismissed a plea for restrictions on public gatherings to be lifted, submitted by Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw) and two Ratsadon anti-establishment protesters. In…

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Police prevent ‘Talugas’ protesters from gathering in Din Daeng after officer got shot in the head

The metropolitan police will remain on the offense in dealing with hard core “Talugas” protesters at Bangkok’s Din Daeng intersection, by preventing them from gathering, said Pol Maj-Gen Jirasant Kaewsang-ek,…

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Prosecutors drop charges against former secretary of Khunying Potjaman in KTB case

In an about-face, the public prosecutors have decided not to pursue money laundering charges against the former secretary of Khunying Potjaman Na Pombejra, the ex-wife of former Prime Minister Thaksin…

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Thai PM concerned over shooting of police officer during last night’s protest

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed concern for a police officer who sustained serious injury when he was shot during a protest by the “Talugas” group at Din Daeng intersection…

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Chaichai Phromlert as the Interior Ministry’s permanent secretary.

Chatchai Phromlert — the ‘man behind PM Prayut’s new power push’

Rumors that Chatchai Phromlert was poised to enter politics were circulating long before his mandatory retirement as Interior Ministry permanent secretary last week. Media reports outlined three possibilities for Chatchai…

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Chadchart Sittipunt greets patrons in a restaurant while campaigning in Bangkok on March 15, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

What frontrunner Chadchart has to do

The trick is that the independent Bangkok gubernatorial candidate must stay away from national politics if he wants to lead all the way to the finish line. However, that is…

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EC Secretary-General Jaroongwit Poomma

Eligibility of recovered COVID patients in quarantine in local elections to be discussed

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) will meet with members of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to seek a clear answer on whether people who have recovered from COVID-19 but…

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Police say 47 million baht to repair five water cannon trucks not expensive

The Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) has described the estimated 47 million baht price tag for repairs to five water cannon trucks as “reasonable”, because the vehicles all sustained heavy damage…

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Activists, politicians commemorate 45th anniversary of October 6 Thammasat massacre

The commemoration of the October 6th massacre took place today at the Tha Phra Jan campus of Thammasat University in Bangkok, with many political activists, former student activists who took…

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Thai civil court accepts lawsuit demanding revocation of Emergency Decree, compensation

The Thai Civil Court accepted a lawsuit today (Tuesday), against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and five others, filed jointly by the anti-establishment Ratsadon group, the Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw),…

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Police ready to talk to ‘Talugas’, apologise to Din Daeng residents for search

Bangkok police have offered to hold truce talks with the anti-government “Talugas” group, in an effort to find a peaceful solution to the weeks of violent protests at Din Daeng…

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Children’s books latest battleground for Thailand’s political divide

A set of new children’s books with political messages has triggered heated debate over allegations they aim to “brainwash” young readers. However, their main author and publisher have defended the…

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Three Thai men arrested after one threw explosive at police

Three Thai men were arrested by police shortly after they threw a home-made explosive device at traffic police officer directing traffic at Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok this morning (Monday), according…

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Pheu Thai MP cries foul over corruption watchdog’s bribery finding

Pheu Thai MP for Thailand’s Muk Dahan province, Anurak Tangpanitarnnont, has described as “hasty” the National Anti-Corruption Commission’s (NACC) decision to find him at fault following an allegation that he…

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Two men facing attempted murder charge apprehended with bomb-making materials

Police arrested two young protesters facing the charge of attempted murder of a police officer in a clash with police last month, and seized bomb-making materials, flares and cherry bombs…

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Suspect in shooting of protester at Din Daeng intersection in police custody

A man, who is suspected of shooting a young protester at Din Daeng intersection on August 14th, is being held in police custody following his arrest in Bangkok’s Din Daeng…

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Wirat Ratanaset: The chief whip whose futsal ‘game’ could injure Thai govt

Veteran politician Wirat Ratanaset’s indictment on corruption charges has cast a cloud over his status as government chief whip and is threatening to impact the ruling coalition. However, he still…

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“Silent majority” gives everyone hope _ and anxiety

To varying degrees, all key players in Thai politics can be both optimistic and apprehensive at the same time. While politicians regard themselves as second to none at keeping their…

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Police to charge naked protester for indecent exposure in public

Bangkok police will summon woman to acknowledge a charge of indecent exposure for undressing in public, during a protest by the anti-government “Talufah” group at Nang Lerng intersection, near Government…

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How long can PM Prayut remain in power? 

August 24 marked the seventh anniversary of General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s tenure as Thailand’s prime minister. It also spurred questions over whether he has only one year left in the post,…

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People eat lunch at a street food restaurant implementing social distancing measures with plastic dividers on the tables after the Thai government relaxed measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on May 7, 2020. Thailand began easing restrictions related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus on May 3 by allowing various businesses to reopen, but warned that the stricter measures would be re-imposed should cases increase again.

Restaurateurs file class action suit against PM, others, demanding 50 million baht

Thailand’s Civil Court accepted a class action lawsuit today (Monday), filed by a group of 39 restaurateurs in Bangkok and upcountry provinces, demanding 50 million baht in compensation from Prime…

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Approved charter amendment draft to be sent to Thai PM on Monday

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai will submit the constitutional amendments draft, which has recently passed its final reading in parliament, to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday so that the amended…

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Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai meets 76th UNGA president

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister shared views with the President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the aspiration to build back better the post-COVID-19…

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Bangkok police chief vows tougher action against violent protesters

Police will be dealing more harshly, within the scope of the law, with trouble makers who are bent on destroying public property, following the arson attacks on six police traffic…

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General Vitch: New player in Palang Pracharath’s game of strategy

Though he survived a plot to unseat him at the latest censure debate, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is now suffering “aftershocks” in the ruling Palang Pracharath Party. Two Cabinet members…

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House panel probes noise problem caused by Thai and Singapore air force flights at Udon Thani airbase

Thailand’s House Foreign Affairs Committee was in the north-eastern province of Udon Thani on Wednesday to investigate complaints from locals living in the vicinity of the Royal Thai Air Force’s…

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Hardcore ‘Talugas’ protest group may move its rally from Din Daeng

A representative of Thailand’s hard core anti-government “Talugas” group has indicated that they may shift their protest site from Din Daeng junction to elsewhere in Bangkok, possibly to Nang Lerng…

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16 hardcore protesters arrested, police kiosk torched in Bangkok’s Nang Lerng

Sixteen protesters were arrested by police in the Nang Lerng area of Bangkok last night (Sunday), after a “car mob” protest ended. The convoy of cars and motorcycles arrived at…

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Car mob protest marks 15th anniversary of the coup which toppled Thaksin

“Car mob” protesters gathered at the Asoke-Sukhumvit intersection shortly before 2pm today (Sunday) for a convoy of cars and motorcycles through different parts of Bangkok to the Democracy Monument, to…

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File photo of Thaksin Shinawatra being interviewed by Agence France-presse in Hong Kong. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

Ex-PM Thaksin and 4 others face NACC probe for THAI’s purchase of 10 Airbus aircraft

Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has set up a panel to investigate fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and four others over their collective role in the purchase of ten…

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This file photo taken on June 4, 2021, Sitanun Satsaksit (C), sister of Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, who went missing in Cambodia in 2020, commemorates the first anniversary of his enforced disappearance with a candlelight vigil in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Will new law end Thailand’s dark era of torture and disappearances?

Uproar over the recent killing of a drug suspect by police investigators has revived debate on the need for a law banning torture and killings by state officials. And the…

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Two students nabbed for allegedly torching King’s portrait in Khon Kaen, bail granted

Two Khon Kaen University students were separately arrested on Monday morning by provincial police this morning (Friday) for allegedly torching the portrait of His Majesty the King in front of…

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Thammasat protest leaders’ house raided, computers confiscated by police

Thai police raided the house of leaders of the “United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration” (UFTD) on Friday morning and arrested one for allegedly violating the Computer Crime Act and…

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Thailand’s Foreign Minister to visit Washington, UN next week

Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai is to visit Washington and will attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and ASEAN related meetings in New York next week, according to an…

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Thai parliament passes torture, enforced disappearance bills in 1st reading

The House of Representatives, today (Thursday), passed the long-awaited four draft bills against torture and enforced disappearance by state officials, in its first reading with 368 votes for, one vote…

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Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan (C) leaves Government House before the swearing-in ceremony for the new Thai cabinet in Bangkok on July 16, 2019. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Thailand’s anti-graft body ordered to reveal its findings on DPM Prawit’s wristwatch scandal

The Central Administrative Court has ordered Thailand’s anti-graft watchdog, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), to reveal its findings from an investigation into the expensive wristwatches seen being worn in public…

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Can Prayut and Thammanat walk on separate tightropes?

They were skating on thin ice together like a pair, but, currently, the prime minister and arguably the most controversial man in his government coalition are drifting in opposite directions….

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Activists hold up pictures of abducted Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit as people gather in support of him during a protest calling for an investigation, in front of the Government house in Bangkok, Thailand, June 12, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo

Thai lawmakers debate long-awaited legislation on torture, abductions

BANGKOK, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Thailand’s parliament on Wednesday started debating draft legislation outlawing torture and enforced disappearance, following years of delay and civil society outrage over alleged abuses and impunity among law enforcement personnel….

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Thailand’s Constitutional Court to be petitioned over constitutionality of charter amendments

Thailand’s smaller political parties, most of which have just one seat in the House of Representatives, are set to petition the Constitutional Court this Friday to seek a ruling on…

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Thammanat to remain Palang Pracharat sec-gen, DPM Prawit remains party leader

Controversial Thai political figure Thammanat Prompao, who was dismissed from the post of deputy agriculture minister last Wednesday, will stay on in his role as the ruling Palang Pracharat Party’s…

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87 people, including government chief whip, indicted over futsal court scandal

The Thai government’s chief whip and Palang Pracharat MP, Wirat Rattanaseth, and 86 other people, including school directors, local politicians and teachers, were indicted today by public prosecutors before the…

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Thai voters drop their ballots at a local polling station during the constitutional referendum in Bangkok on August 7, 2016. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP)

Electoral change lights fuse for political explosion in Thai Parliament and government

An early general election has become more likely after Parliament voted on Friday (September 10) to approve a charter amendment bill that restores the two-ballot election system and alters the…

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Two rebel Pheu Thai MPs may be expelled from party over no-confidence voting

The ethics committee of Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai party decided today (Monday) to propose to the party’s executive committee the expulsion of two rebel MPs who did not vote in…

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“Talugas” protesters

Thai police deny hit-and-run accusation by anti-government protesters

Bangkok’s Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) denied today (Monday) an accusation by anti-government protesters that a police truck had hit a “Talugas” protester and then fled the scene at Din Daeng…

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PM says no cabinet reshuffle yet

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reiterated today (Sunday) that he has no current intention of reshuffling his cabinet, following the departures of Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao and Deputy Labour…

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Thammanat’s exit could spell doom for ruling party at next election

The surprise departure of Palang Pracharath’s secretary-general, Thammanat Prompow, from the Cabinet threatens to cause disarray in the ruling party and impact its performance at the next general election. The…

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‘Car mob’ demands release of 7 movement leaders – Anon, Pai denied bail

Anti-government protesters from five human rights advocacy groups rallied in a “car mob” today (Friday) to demand the release of seven core leaders of the anti-government Ratsadon group, who have…

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Parliament passes two-ballot electoral system by overwhelming majority

A joint parliamentary session on Friday passed the proposed two-ballot electoral system, by an overwhelming 472 votes to 33, in the third and final reading of the only constitutional amendment…

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Controversial Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao sacked

Controversial Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao has been dismissed from the cabinet, effective yesterday (Wednesday), but only announced today, amid an internal conflict between him, on one side, and Prime…

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Pheu Thai confident it will win next election no matter which ballot system is used

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai party is not concerned whether the constitutional amendments will be approved by the Senate, as the party expects to win the next election, said opposition chief…

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Bangkok police arrest hardcore protesters at Din Daeng in pre-emptive swoop

In a pre-emptive move, crowd control police swooped on a group of hardcore “Talugas” protesters as they converged at Din Daeng intersection in Bangkok this evening (Tuesday), before starting their…

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What’s “Dirty job man” up to?

The question regarding Prayut Chan-o-cha and Thammanat Prompao is whether it’s a “mountain out of a molehill” situation or a “no smoke without fire” development. In a world where Prayut…

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Protesters run as police fire rubber bullets and tear gas during a demonstration against Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha and his government’s handling of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis in Bangkok on September 6, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Senior Bangkok policeman calls “Talugas” protesters dangerous troublemakers

Police have to strictly enforce the law against hard core “Talugas” protesters at Din Daeng intersection, because they are troublemakers and a danger to the public, said Pol Maj-Gen Piya…

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha at Parliament during a a censre debate on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. (Photo by Thai PBS)

Censure debate signals end of Prayut’s ‘command-and-control’ leadership 

Halfway through their government’s four-year term, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and his brothers in arms – Gen Prawit Wongsuwan and Gen Anupong Paochinda – apparently have no choice but to change tack…

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“Skip online learning” campaign launched Monday

The “skip online learning” twitter campaign, launched by the anti-establishment “Bad Students” movement, to reject the online teaching being applied in most schools across Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic, is…

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Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha talks to reporters at parliament after a confidence vote on himself and five members of his Cabinet in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Sompong Sonnak)

Rumbling undercurrent unsettles Prayut despite censure win

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha managed to survive his third no-confidence vote, but a brewing storm in the ruling party is now undermining his once solid position. For analysts, recent developments…

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Dissident Pheu Thai MP abstains from censure vote against five ministers

Renegade Pheu Thai MP Sarunvuth Sarunkate, of Thailand’s northern province of Uttaradit, admitted today (Saturday) that he defied the party whip, to vote against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, by abstaining…

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Police block protesters from rallying in front of Bangkok’s Lumpini Park

Police used shipping containers and razor wire, supported by two water cannons, to block Wireless Road at the Ploenchit intersection, to prevent anti-government protesters moving to Lumpini Park. Led by…

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Thai PM Prayut wins confidence vote despite political dissension

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and five of his Cabinet members today comfortably won a vote of confidence from the House of Representatives despite four days of brutal attacks on his…

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PM vows to spend rest of year rebuilding the Thai economy and the country

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha has refuted the Opposition’s claim that his government should be held accountable for all the COVID-19 deaths, as a result of its failures in managing…

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Police asked to probe Move Forward MP over army’s ‘IO’ allegation

Thailand’s Second Army Region has filed a complaint with the police in Muang district of the northeastern province of Nakhon Sawan against an MP of the Move Forward Party, for…

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House Speaker orders probe into bribery allegation ahead of no confidence vote

Thailand’s House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has ordered a formal investigation into the allegation, made by Pheu Thai MP Visarn Techateerawat, that a group of MPs each received a five-million-baht bribe…

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PM denies opposition MP’s accusation he bribed a group of MPs in Parliament

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hit back at Pheu Thai MP Visarn Techateerawat, of Chiang Rai province, for accusing him of giving five million baht in cash each to a group…

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Thai PM defends government’s handling of pandemic 3rd day of censure debate

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha defended his government’s performance in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic today (Thursday), the third day of the no confidence debate against him and five other…

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PM accuses Opposition of distorting facts, bent on discrediting government

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hit back at opposition MPs today, accusing them of distorting facts to discredit his government, undermining public confidence and constantly seeking to create conflicts in the…

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With coronavirus playing variable, Thai political war rages on

Rival Thai politicians and their supporters are gambling on how the country’s COVID-19 situation will pan out in the immediate future. If it gets worse significantly or improves remarkably, nothing…

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This handout from the Royal Thai Government taken and released on September 1, 2020 shows Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaking at a briefing on the Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case at the Government House in Bangkok.

Thai PM accused of being biggest borrower and spender, but with few achievements

Seri Ruam Thai party leader Pol Gen Seripisut Temiyavet has accused Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of being the biggest borrower and spender of all Thailand’s prime ministers and of being…

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Thai anti-government demonstrators listen to a speech delivered by a leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), at the PAD-occupied Government House in Bangkok on October 11, 2008. Thailand’s embattled prime minister indicated that he may resign in the wake of fierce anti-government protests earlier this week that left two people dead and hundreds injured. AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

Supreme Court acquits 6 PAD leaders, jails 3 over protests against former PM

Six core leaders of the now defunct People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) were acquitted by Thailand’s Supreme Court today (Tuesday), on charges related to their roles in leading prolonged mass…

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha holds vials of the CoronaVac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine, developed by China’s Sinovac firm, as a shipment of it arrived in Bangkok on February 24, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Thai PM challenged on 1st day of censure debate over failure to contain pandemic

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was singled out for fierce attacks by opposition Pheu Thai MPs, over his alleged failures in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, on the first day…

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Prayut govt tipped to escape – but wounded – from this week’s censure debate

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is bracing for his third censure debate this week when he and five other Cabinet members will be grilled by opposition politicians. The attacks will center…

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Protesters threaten prolonged rally at Bangkok’s Asoke Intersection from Thursday

Leaders of the anti-government “car mob – call out” protests are calling for a prolonged protest at Asoke-Sukhumvit intersection in Bangkok, starting this Thursday, to force the resignation of Prime…

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Is Talugas part of two-pronged strategy by anti-government protesters?

Recent weeks have seen the emergence of youth-led violent protests at Bangkok’s Din Daeng intersection – in what observers view as a strategy to help support the mainly peaceful anti-establishment…

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Pheu Thai party asked to scrap its plan for public to vote online to oust PM

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai party has been asked to reconsider its plan to invite members of the public to cast their votes, via a website, during or at the end…

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Tanat Thanakitamnuay – the royalist rich kid turned ‘wounded hero’ for democracy

Tanat Thanakitamnuay was addressing a crowd of anti-government protesters in Bangkok on August 13 when he was hit by a projectile that his family says permanently blinded him in one…

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Riot police clash with pro-democracy protesters at an anti-government demonstration in Bangkok on March 20, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Strategy may need to be reassessed as more violence is seen in recent protests, analyst says

Both anti-government protesters and the authorities may need to reassess their strategies of using force, as the political tension is expected to drag on for quite some tine, a political…

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Suchart Sawasdsri: Artist caught in political crossfire

As a prolific writer and editor, Suchart Sawasdsri was honored with the role of the national artist (literature) in 2011. However, as a keen political observer and critic, he is…

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35 protesters detained, weapons seized during Sunday’s protests in Bangkok

Police detained 35 protesters and seized 20 motorcycles and some weapons, including a gun and explosives, during violent protests in the Din Daeng area of Bangkok on Sunday. Pol Maj-Gen…

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Protest casualties a result of police brutality or work of ‘third hand’?

Police are under fire over their handling of anti-government protesters who have taken to the streets almost daily since early this month. The methods being used by police are viewed…

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Talufah protesters hold sports event near Democracy Monument

Anti-government Talufah protesters rallied at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument and held sports events, using Ratchadamnoen Avenue as a venue for a soccer match, this afternoon (Sunday). Some of the protesters scaled…

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Thailand’s 2022 budget passed by House, debate in Senate on August 30th

The Thai government’s 3.1 trillion baht spending budget for the 2022 fiscal year passed its second and third readings in the House of Representatives late Saturday night, with 257 in…

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House passes Thailand’s 37.6 billion baht public health budget in its second reading

Thailand’s House of Representatives passed the Public Health Ministry’s (MoPH) 37.6 billion baht budget for the 2022 fiscal year, in its second reading today (Saturday), by 242:124 votes,despite opposition MPs’…

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Suchart Sawatsri

Outcry over reported removal of Suchat Sawatsri as a Thai national artist

The Thai Writers Association, several prominent writers, politicians and academics have voiced opposition to the reported decision by the National Culture Commission of Thailand to strip Mr. Suchart Sawatsri of…

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‘Talufah’ protesters visit Swiss, US and Chinese embassies on Friday

Anti-government “Talufah” protesters are demonstrating in Bangkok again today (Friday), with stops at the Swiss, US and Chinese embassies. The “car mob” protest group, comprised mostly of motorcyclists and motorists,…

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Thai vocational student leader, two other hardcore protesters in police custody

Three anti-government protesters, including a leader of the vocational students, who form the hard core element of the “Talufah” demonstrators engaged in street battles with the police in the past…

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Move Forward party-list MP, Sirikanya Tansakul

Thai opposition seeks to trim government spending substantially at budget bill debate

Opposition parties are seeking to slash the government’s 3.1 trillion baht spending in the 2022 fiscal year, by 100-300 billion baht, on the first day of the three-day budget bill…

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Thai police deny using live bullets against protesters, as one shot still in coma

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Phukphong Phongpetra denied that police had used live bullets against protesters at Din Daeng intersection last night (Monday), but admitted that live bullets were used by some…

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Police clash with Talu Fah protesters near Bangkok’s Government House

Police fired teargas and used water cannons this evening to break up protesters after they defied an order to disperse and tried to remove razor wire to get close to…

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Explainer – Thailand’s various protest groups and their tactics

Anti-government street protests have resumed, in spite of the worst disease pandemic in recent history, and they are being held almost daily. So, who are they? Various political groups are…

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The opposition addresses its fresh censure motion.

Third no confidence motion filed against Thailand’s PM, 5 ministers

Another no confidence motion against Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and five other cabinet members was filed by the Opposition today (Monday), with a censure debate expected later this month…

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Defiant protesters ignore promise of peaceful rally, clash with police at Din Daeng intersection

Young hard core anti-establishment protesters, many of them vocational students, clashed with crowd control police at Bangkok’s Din Daeng intersection again this evening (Sunday), as they tried to breach a…

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House Speaker Chuan Leekpai

Charter amendment bill now with House Speaker for second then final readings

The constitutional amendments bill, which passed its first reading in a joint sitting of Thailand’s House and Senate in late June, has been sent to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai to…

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