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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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More “car mob” protests in Bangkok on Sunday

At least three anti-government protest groups will hold what they call “car mob” protests in Bangkok and the neighbouring province of Ayutthaya this afternoon (Sunday), to demand the ouster of…

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Police flush protesters with teargas, rubber bullets, as clashes in Bangkok resume

Crowd control police fired teargas and rubber bullets at hardcore protesters this evening, as the demonstrators tried to breach a wall of shipping containers, placed at the main Din Daeng…

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Thai police consider filing charges against parents of young protesters

Police are considering taking legal action against the parents of young protesters who vandalised public property during recent protests in Bangkok. Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Pol Maj-Gen Piya Tavichai told…

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Nattawut Saikuar: the red-shirt leader back on warpath against embattled govt

A red-shirt politician loyal to self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra has suddenly emerged as co-leader of a campaign to oust embattled Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in an apparent collaboration between…

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Bangkok endures second day of street battles between police and protesters

For the second day in a row leaderless hardcore protesters fought battles with crowd control police on the streets of Bangkok today (Wednesday), from the Victory Monument to Din Daeng…

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

New “Thaksin’s wave” peculiar in its timing

Politics, whether it’s an extreme dictatorship, mild fascism, or full-blown democracy, is all about magnifying opponents’ faults and belittling your own in the full glare of the public. Motives are to…

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Police say enhanced crowd control measures needed during Tuesday’s clash, 48 arrested

The Thai police claim that their use of enhanced crowd control measures, including water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets, during Tuesday’s anti-establishment protest in Bangkok was necessary and in…

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Hard-core protesters in street battles with police in Bangkok on Tuesday night

Hard-core anti-establishment protesters fought street battles with the police, throwing their “ping pong” bombs, bricks and other hard objects, in response to the police use of teargas, water cannons and…

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Thai civil court rejects ban on rubber bullets, orders police to exercise more caution

Thailand’s Civil Court rejected an application for an injunction forbidding the police from using rubber bullets against anti-establishment protesters, citing the necessity under the State of Emergency to bring “emergencies”…

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Thailand’s anti-establishment protesters issue five demands

Anti-government protesters, led by the “United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration” group on Tuesday issued five demands, and urged all officials to rebel against the government and all businesses to…

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Protest leader Anon Nampa denied bail on Tuesday, 10 others detained

Anti-establishment protest leader Anon Nampa’s bail request with the police was rejected today (Tuesday), with police saying his temporary release would obstruct the investigation and there is a tendency the…

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Thailand’s Central Administrative Court asked to lift COVID-19 vaccine import restrictions

The Thai Mai Thon (Impatient Thais) political group lodged a petition with the Central Administrative Court today (Monday) asking it to hold an emergency hearing on COVID-19 vaccine procurement restrictions…

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Police asked to prosecute webpage admins for lèse majesté over Saturday’s protest

Thai political activist Srisuwan Janya lodged a complaint with the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) police this morning (Monday), seeking legal action against administrators of the “Youth & Direct Democracy…

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Protest leader Penguin and another surrender to police for questioning

Anti-establishment Ratsadon group leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak and another member of the group, Nutchanon Pairote, reported to the police at the Royal Thai Police HQ in Bangkok this afternoon (Sunday),…

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Thailand Protests 2021

Rubber bullets fired at protesters in Bangkok after teargas fails to break up the protests

Police fired rubber bullets at anti-government protesters at Din Daeng intersection in Bangkok, after they refused to disperse. Before resorting to the use of rubber bullets on protesters, who were…

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Bangkok protesters head from Democracy Monument to PM’s residence

Outnumbered by police, anti-government protesters, who had converged at the Democracy Monument before 1pm for a planned march to the Grand Palace and the Government House,were forced to change target…

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Thai Police ready for anti-government protesters this afternoon

Shipping containers and razor wire are forming a protective wall around the inner areas of Rattanakosin Island in Bangkok, where Sanam Luang, the Grand Palace and the City’s Pillar Shrine…

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Anti-government protest scheduled in several provinces today

There are anti-government protests scheduled to take place in Bangkok and in several other provinces today (Saturday). While the police have already set up barricades with razor wire and shipping containers…

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Thousands of police mobilised to handle protesters in Bangkok on Saturday

The Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) plans to deploy more than 5,000 officers at 14 locations at and near the Grand Palace, the Democracy Monument and Government House in Bangkok, where…

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Thai Civil Court issues injunction against PM’s decree banning fake news with censorship threat

On Friday, Thailand’s Civil Court issued an injunction to suspend Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s ban on dissemination of fake and distorted news and fearmongering, with a threat of Internet censorship…

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Army asked to protect Thai monarchy against Saturday’s planned protest at the Grand Palace

A group of royalists submitted a petition to Army Chief Gen. Narongpan Jittkaewtae today (Thursday), asking the military to step in to protect the monarchy from threats posed by anti-establishment…

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Criminal Court grants conditional release to 31 anti-government protesters

Thailand’s Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases granted conditional bail to 31 anti-government “Talu Fah” protesters this afternoon (Tuesday), after finding that the charges against them do not carry high penalties…

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32 anti-government protesters arrested, Amnesty calls the move ‘climate of fear’

32 anti-government protesters, belonging to the “Talu Fah” group, were arrested yesterday, Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau Pol Maj-Gen Piya Tavichai confirmed today (Tuesday), while Amnesty International (AI)…

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Op-Ed: Global Britain wooing Asean

Make no mistake, when the UK decides to display its maritime power, the right place to show off is the South China Sea. It is the center of regional concern…

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‘Pai Dao Din’ arrested while leading protest to demand release of other protesters

Thailand’s anti-government “Talu Fah” group leader Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, aka “Pai Dao Din”, and other protesters were arrested this afternoon (Monday) in front of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB), located in…

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Thai digital minister to meet media representatives over much opposed gag order

Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said today (Monday) that he will invite media representatives for talks, to resolve misunderstandings about recent media gag orders issued by the government and…

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Classmates of Thai PM’s daughters want her to ask her father to resign

Former classmates, who studied at the Faculty of Communication Arts of Chulalongkorn University with, both twin daughters of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, have asked them to tell their father to…

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Large anti-government demonstration in Bangkok on Sunday

Various groups of anti-government protesters, in and on hundreds of cars and motorcycles, gathered at Bangkok’s the Democracy Monument, in the Ratchaprasong commercial district and on Vibhavadi Rangsit highway this…

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Criticism of government allowed, assures spokespeople, as Internet censorship looms large

Criticism of the government, as well as calls for faster and more procurements of certain COVID-19 vaccine brands, are allowed, as long as they are based on facts, Government Spokesperson…

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Protesters led by “Pai Dao Din” call for parties to leave government coalition

Anti-government protesters, who call themselves the “Talu Fah” group, gathered in front of Bhumjaithai party’s head office in Bangkok today (Friday), demanding that the party withdraw from the coalition government….

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Thailand’s ban on fake, distorted news, fearmongering begins Friday, as media threatened with censorship

The Thai government has barred media from disseminating fake or distorted news and news that could stir fear regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, effective from today (Friday), with a threat of…

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Has Thaksin finally found a way of returning to Thailand ‘through the front door’?

The one wish Thaksin Shinawatra made while blowing out 72 candles on his birthday cake on Monday (July 26) was to be able to return home. Thaksin was ousted in…

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In this photo taken and released on October 29, 2019 by the Royal Thai Government, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (R) attends the launching of anti-fake news centre at the Government House in Bangkok. Thailand is set to open its first centre to combat fake news, a minister said October 29, the latest Asian country to push for greater cyber scrutiny in what activists fear is a smokescreen for targeting critics.

Thai media vow to fight until government lifts restrictions on free expression

The National Press Council of Thailand, the News Broadcast Council of Thailand, the Thai Journalists Association, the Online News Providers Association, the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association and the National Union…

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Call-out culture: Poison or nectar for social activism in Thailand?

Calling people out has become popular among Thai social-media users in recent times, and now they are pressuring local celebrities and stars to take a stance – usually on political…

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Nuttaa Mahattana: the democracy icon who turned on the anti-govt movement

Once a darling of the anti-establishment movement, Nuttaa “Bow” Mahattana is now being denounced as a traitor to the cause – though the human rights activist insists she is just…

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Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau Pol Maj-Gen Piya Tavichai and Deputy Police Spokesperson Pol Col Krisana Pattanacharoen

25 Thai celebs investigated over criticism of government, PM, one rapper ‘Milli’ fined

As many as 25 Thai celebrities have been or are being investigated over their criticism of the government and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, especially concerning the currently inadequate national vaccine…

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13 protesters from October rally at German embassy indicted for lèse majesté, sedition

Thirteen anti-establishment protesters were formally indicted by public prosecutors this morning (Thursday) on lèse majesté and sedition charges, in accordance with Sections 112 and 116 of the Thai Criminal Code,…

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Royal Thai Navy soldiers guides a landing craft during a training exercise at Chulaporn camp in Thailand’s southern Narathiwat province on March 31, 2021. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

Thailand’s submarine plan torpedoed again as govt takes flak for COVID battle

Thailand’s Navy has once again shelved plans to buy Chinese submarines, following growing pressure on the government to divert the budget for their purchase to tackle the worsening COVID-19 crisis….

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Food delivery rider arrested for trying to set fire to royal portrait

A rider working for a food delivery app was arrested last night (Monday) at his home in Pathum Thani’s Rangsit area, after an alleged attempt to set fire to a…

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Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of World Economic Forum on Mekong region in Hanoi on October 25, 2016. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Is ‘economics tsar’ Somkid Jatusripitak preparing to make a comeback?

Famed as Thailand’s top “economics tsar”, former deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak has served both elected governments and a junta regime during his long and colorful career. Somkid, 68, abruptly quit…

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Protesters end Sunday’s rally in Bangkok, but vow to return

An anti-government protest leader announced an end to the protest near the Government House at about 6.30pm this evening (Sunday) after several hours facing-off against crowd control police, who fired…

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Thai police use water cannons against anti-government protesters

Police have fired water cannons at anti-government protesters, as they tried to break through barricades and razor wire at Pan Fah Bridge, erected to prevent them from reaching Government House….

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Protest against PM in Pattaya by Thai Mai Thon group

Anti-government Thai Mai Thon (Impatient Thais) protesters rallied in the resort town of Pattaya this afternoon (Saturday), to repeat demands for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The protesters,…

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Supreme commander warns against public gatherings ahead of anti-government protest on Sunday

An announcement was issued on Friday by Thailand’s Supreme Commander General Chalermpol Srisawat, in his capacity as chief of the emergency situation administration for security affairs, reaffirming the current ban…

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Protester arrested after demanding mRNA vaccines, two including police officer injured

One protest leader was arrested, while another and a police officer were injured in a scuffle between anti-government protesters and police in front of Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health late…

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Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn, the firebrand MP grilling Thailand’s vaccine strategy

Debutant MP Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn from the opposition Move Forward Party has campaigned relentlessly for full disclosure of the government’s vaccine procurement contracts, insisting that transparency is vital in the fight…

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14 protest leaders indicted over last year’s rally at Democracy Monument

Public prosecutors in Thailand have decided to indict 14 core members of the anti-establishment Ratsadon group, in connection with the mass protest at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok in July…

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How Thai government’s management of COVID crisis may land it in hot soup

Government critics and opposition politicians are campaigning for people impacted by COVID-19 and the associated restrictions to sue the state for compensation over the damage caused. They say the government,…

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“Car mob” protesters rally in Bangkok to demand PM’s removal

The “car mob” protesters, led by political activist Sombat Boonngarm-anong, rallied in different parts of Bangkok this afternoon (Saturday), to put pressure on government coalition parties to dump Prime Minister…

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Pro-democracy protesters walk from Democracy Monument in an anti-government march as they commemorate the anniversary of the 1932 Siamese Revolution in Bangkok on June 24, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Protesters to resume rally tomorrow in Bangkok to call for PM’s resignation

Although without its leader, Jatuporn Prompan, who was escorted back to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence, the anti-government “Thai Mai Thon” (Impatient Thais) political group announced today…

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Protest leader Jatuporn Prompan to stay in prison for almost another year

Thailand’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the appeal court’s decision requiring Jatuporn Prompan to continue to serve his prison sentence for another 11 months and 16 days, in the defamation…

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Re-Solution takes pragmatic path to a ‘people’s Constitution’ in Thailand

The failed civil effort to amend the Constitution last year has been revived by Re-Solution, a group of young politicians and activists whose stated goal is to bring down the…

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Cold war between Thai govt and Facebook heats up

The Thai government has resumed its tug-of-war with popular social media platforms, particularly Facebook, over the content it deems fake news and insulting to the monarchy. In the latest round…

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Three protest groups rally in Bangkok to demand PM’s resignation

Three groups of anti-government protesters rallied around Thailand’s Government House late Saturday afternoon, to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who they accuse of gross mismanagement of the…

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Pro-democracy supporters display the three-finger symbol of resistance during a demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, June 24, 2021. Pro-democracy protesters have taken to the streets of Thailand’s capital, marking the 89th anniversary of the overthrow of the country’s absolute monarchy by renewing their demands that the government step down, the constitution be amended and the monarchy become more accountable. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Five anti-government groups gather Friday to seek Thai PM’s resignation

Five anti-government groups are holding rallies today, at Government House and other sites in Bangkok, to seek Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s resignation, despite a ban on gatherings of 20 people…

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House Speaker Chuan Leekpai

Internal conflict over draft hazardous substance bill blamed for lack of quorum

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai told Thailand’s MPs today (Thursday) that he decided to suspend the sitting yesterday because, due to conflicting opinions over amendments to the Hazardous Substances Act, several…

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LGBTQ activists hold up the rainbow flag as they take part in the Pride Parade in Bangkok late last year. Thai activists must be watching developments in Europe with great interest. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Private sector recognises LGBT+ and offers certain ‘rights’

Business operators have started granting “rights” to members of Thailand’s LGBT+ community as they continue to wait to be granted legal rights Thailand is one of the world’s friendliest Lesbian,…

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Re-Solution group submits charter amendment proposals with over 150,000 signatures

Thailand’s “Re-Solution” political action group submitted its constitutional amendment proposals to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai on Wednesday, with over 150,000 signatures from members of the public collected in support, three…

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Public health minister gives moral support to embattled Dr. Yong Poovorawan

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has given moral support to Dr. Yong Poovorawan, head of Chulalongkorn University’s Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology, who is under pressure by an online…

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Rainbow Capitalism: Does it hurt or help the LGTBQ+ movement?

Every June, gay people around the world celebrate Pride month to honour, recall and rejoice over LGTBQ activists, whose trailblazers changed the world. The conversation surrounding ‘Rainbow capitalism’, however, also…

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House speaker rejects MP contribution to COVID fund, saying not being corrupt is good enough

Thailand’s House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has rebuffed a suggestion that all members of parliament donate part of their salaries to a COVID-19 assistance fund, saying that it will be good…

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Two protest groups rally to demand Thai PM’s resignation

Two groups of protesters gathered, as they said they would, near Government House in Bangkok late Saturday afternoon, to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Led by Mr….

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Cracked alliances heighten state of flux

Pheu Thai and Move Forward are reportedly not seeing eye to eye. But neither are Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Palang Pracharath, and the latter pair’s conflict can be more…

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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)

Will new referendum law help unlock Thailand’s political impasse – or just deepen divisions?

Hopes for a new and more democratic Thai Constitution rose this week when the referendum bill sailed through Parliament. The government-sponsored bill paves the way for a public vote on…

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Thai protest groups vow to rally again on Saturday to demand the removal of PM

Two anti-government protest groups have vowed to resume their rally at Government House in Bangkok tomorrow (Saturday), after they ended their protest on Thursday night. Mr. Nititorn Lumlua, a core…

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Thai parliament accepts only one draft charter amendment of the 13 debated

Thailand’s joint parliamentary session voted last night (Thursday) to accept, in principle, only one of the thirteen draft constitutional amendments – to bring back the two-ballot system. The draft, proposed…

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Pro-democracy activist Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak (2nd R) speaks as Student Union of Thailand spokesperson Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul (L), Panupong “Mike” Jadnok (2nd L) and Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpattararaksa make the three-finger salute during an anti-government demonstration outside parliament as they commemorate the anniversary of the 1932 Siamese Revolution in Bangkok on June 24, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thai protesters rally for first time in months despite worst COVID-19 outbreak yet

Hundreds of Thais returned to the streets of Bangkok for the first time in months today (Thursday) to demand political change. The protests are the first since the second wave…

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Protest leaders at Democracy Monument in Bangkok

Police to charge protest leaders for breaching state of emergency

Police are collecting evidence on anti-establishment protest leaders, who organised a rally at the Democracy Monument at 4.30am this morning, for breaching the emergency decree’s ban on gatherings of more…

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Anti-establishment protesters commemorate change to constitutional monarchy on Thursday

Thai anti-establishment protesters, including “Ratsadon” and affiliated groups, gathered at the Democracy Monument early on Thursday, to commemorate the 89th anniversary of the bloodless revolution, which transformed Thailand into a…

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House Speaker maintains his rejection of Pheu Thai’s draft charter amendments

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai today (Wednesday) reiterated his decision to reject the Pheu Thai Party’s  draft charter amendments, which seek to establish a Constitution Drafting Assembly to craft a new charter…

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‘Secret’ security spending under fire as Thai budget prioritises defence over health

The opposition is targeting a “secret budget” worth more than Bt1 billion while vetting the Bt3.1-trillion budget for the 2022 fiscal year. The budget bill passed its first parliamentary reading…

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Thailand legislators pass referendum bill to pave way for charter amendments

The Thai parliament passed the Referendum Bill on Tuesday, in its final reading, with an overwhelming 611 to 4 votes, paving the way for future constitutional amendments. According to the…

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400,000 join Greenpeace’s campaign to stop Thailand joining CPTPP

Members of Greenpeace Thailand gathered in front of Government House on Tuesday, to present the 400,000 signatures it has gathered in opposition to the government’s plan to join the Comprehensive…

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Palang Pracharat to nominate Prayut as PM again if party wins election

Thailand’s Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao, a controversial politician who was recently elected as the ruling Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP)’s new secretary-general, said today (Monday) that the party will nominate…

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Protesters warned of legal action if they join rallies this Thursday in Bangkok

Groups of political activists, planning to rally in Bangkok this Thursday, which marks the 89th anniversary of regime change to constitutional monarchy, are being warned by the metropolitan police that…

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Anti-graft body urges rejection of charter amendment draft by Palang Pracharat

The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) has voiced its objection to a draft charter amendment, seeking to protect both elected MPs and non-elected senators from punishment for their interference in…

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Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana: Prayut’s new defender 

As the new spokesman of the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA), Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana’s first job was to defend the government’s relief measures for people affected by COVID-19. His opening…

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13 charter change bills enter Parliament battle zone. Will any survive? 

Parliament is scheduled to deliberate 13 charter amendment bills this week, but only a few are expected to make it through to the national assembly, a third of which is…

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Pheu Thai Party insists Thai Charter Court does not ban writing of a new charter

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai Party has challenged the decision, of the parliament president’s legal advisory committee, rejecting the party’s draft charter amendment on the grounds that it contravenes a Constitutional…

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Palang Pracharat Party’s secretary-general, Thammanat Prompow

Thammanat takes wheel of Palang Pracharath as party plots course for election win

The ruling party’s latest internal reshuffle indicates it desperately wants to win the next election, amid speculation that the national poll will be called early. Palang Pracharath Party rejigged its…

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Opposition dealt a blow as Thai parliament’s legal advisory committee rejects key draft charter amendment

The attempt by Thailand’s opposition parties to craft a new Constitution, through the establishment of a Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA), has been dealt a setback, after parliament’s legal advisory committee…

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Thammanat Prompao elected Palang Pracharat Party’s secretary-general

Thailand’s controversial Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao, who was sentenced to four years in an Australian prison in 1994 for drug trafficking, was elected secretary-general of the country’s ruling Palang…

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A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Narathiwat on March 24, 2019 during Thailand’s general election. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

COVID-19 to determine election timing, and perhaps winners

Humans make rules, dissolve parliaments, woo voters, mark ballots, and set up administrations, but the new normal of politics stipulates that they aren’t the ones actually in control. Those activities…

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Pheu Thai Party’s dual approach to amending Constitution explained

Pheu Thai Party’s advisor Phumtham Wechayachai has explained the rationale behind the party’s strategy to amend the current Constitution, by proposing amendment of Section 256, to set up a Constitution…

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Bell rings for round 2 of Constitution fight, with Thailand’s supreme law at stake

The draft bill for a national referendum on charter change is back in the spotlight, with Parliament due next week to resume deliberations that were suspended in April. The government-sponsored bill would…

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Three government parties submit constitutional amendment drafts, limit to senate power sought

Three government coalition parties, Democrat, Bhumjaithai and Chart Thai Pattana, have submitted eight draft constitutional amendments to Thailand’s House Speaker Chuan Leekpai, only hours after the Opposition submitted five of…

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Opposition parties submit their draft constitutional amendments to House Speaker

Today (Wednesday), Thailand’s opposition parties, led by the Pheu Thai Party, submitted five drafts of proposed constitutional amendments to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai for debate in parliament. Pheu Thai Party…

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Pita Limjaroenrat, the leader of the Move Forward Party, is on the podium at a press conference, announcing their stance on the constitution amendment, on June 16, 2021.

After controversial rulings, Thai opposition pushes to criminalise judicial distortion of law

The opposition Move Forward Party is pushing for an amendment to the Criminal Code that would punish judicial personnel for “distorting the law”. Move Forward, aka “Kao Klai” in Thai,…

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The giant-killer of Thai politics, Ruangkrai Leekitwattana takes aim at new target    

Politics is a game where there are no permanent enemies, and no permanent friends, only permanent interests. The old saying was proved true again recently when veteran politician Ruangkrai Leekitwattana…

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Thailand’s House speaker assures debate on Referendum Bill will be held next Tuesday

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has given an assurance that parliament will proceed with the debate on the Referendum Bill next Tuesday, June 22nd, as scheduled, after a reported attempt by…

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Thai PM vows to complete his term in office despite daily calls for his resignation

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told senators today (Monday) that he will stay in office until the end of his four-year term, even though he faces calls for his removal on…

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Signals point to an early election in Thailand

When Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered his Cabinet last week to speed up implementation of public projects as the government only had one year left in office, many saw it…

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Oh brother! PM’s family hit with graft accusation 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s younger brother, General Preecha, has become the first member of the premier’s immediate family to be charged by Thailand’s anti-graft agency. The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC)…

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