Today’s “big surprise” from Thailand’s protesters is no surprise

Crowds gathered at many BTS stations around Bangkok today, just before 6pm. Then they sang the National Anthem, raised their 3-finger salute, and most went home right after the song…

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Anti-government protesters hold up three-finger salutes at a rally by the Democracy Monument in Bangkok on August 16, 2020.

Thai protesters rally for repeat of 1973 uprising

Exactly 47 years after the October 14, 1973 revolution that ousted a military-backed government, history is threatening to repeat itself at a mass student-led rally on Wednesday. However, while the…

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FILE PHOTO: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha reacts while taking questions from journalists after the group photo session with new government cabinet in Bangkok, Thailand July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/File Photo

Protesters to demand Thai PM’s resignation at planned October 14th protest

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s immediate resignation will be the main focus of the protest, scheduled to take place at the Democracy Monument on October 14th. One of the protest leaders,…

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Students claim police tried to disrupt democracy rally at Maha Sarakham Uni

Students at Maha Sarakham University, in Thailand’s northeastern province of Maha Sarakham, have complained that they were harassed by police, who tried to disrupt their pro-democracy rally at the university’s…

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“Instead of amending the constitution, we should change people’s behaviour” – Senator Thawil

Senator Thawil Pliensri has suggested that instead of amending the constitution, we should change people’s behavior.   During the debate in Parliament today, the former National Security Council chief said…

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Senators and MPs are set to vote on constitutional amendments this evening

Members of Thailand’s Parliament and senators are due to vote this evening on the six constitutional amendment motions, proposed by both the Government and Opposition, as protesters from the Free…

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Motorists advised to avoid some roads and use alternative routes this weekend

The Metropolitan Police are advising motorists in Bangkok to avoid roads which are expected to be affected by the protest march from Thammasat University to Government House this weekend. The…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 10, 2020, protesters flash the “Hunger Games” salute during a pro-democracy rally at Thammasat University in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok. – The kingdom has seen a decades-long spin-cycle of coups and violent street protests led by pro or anti-establishment veterans with well-funded backing. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Families, society divided as sensitive issue brought into open

With Thailand still battered and bruised by the impact of COVID-19, another storm is brewing on the horizon. Protesters’ loud and unprecedented calls for reform of the monarchy are dividing…

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A Lebanese protester carries a wounded demonstrators to safety at the headquarters of the Lebanese association of banks in downtown Beirut on August 8, 2020, following a demonstration against a political leadership they blame for a monster explosion that killed more than 150 people and disfigured the capital Beirut. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Electric night of Lebanon protests after blast

Lebanese protesters stormed several ministries Saturday in apparently planned raids after an explosion blamed on government negligence at Beirut port devastated the city and ignited unprecedented popular rage. The day started with…

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Young man shot and killed in Venezuela protesting gasoline shortages

CARACAS, July 17 (Reuters) – A young man was shot to death in a fishing village in Venezuela during a protest over gasoline rationing, opposition deputies and a local human…

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Government blasted in parliament over the Egyptian COVID-19 debacle

Thailand’s opposition MPs have slammed the Government for its mishandling of the Egyptian military mission’s visit to Rayong and demanded Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha take full responsibility for the failings….

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People wearing masks hold placards during a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, at Shibuya shopping and amusement district in Tokyo, Japan June 6, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Time for a change: Anti-racism protesters march across US

Tens of thousands of peaceful protesters rallied for racial justice Saturday in cities across the United States following the death of George Floyd, as the movement triggered by his killing…

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Demonstrators take part in a protest Monday, June 1, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif., over the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.

Outbreak, Trump and Chauvin just tip of US iceberg

Some CNN commentators gritted their teeth amid Donald Trump’s shocking election victory nearly four years ago, and, in a broadcast seen globally, apparently tried to console themselves by saying that…

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Police in riot gear prepare to advance on protesters, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Protests over police killings rage in dozens of US cities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tense protests over the death of George Floyd and other police killings of black people grew Saturday from New York to Tulsa to Los Angeles, with police…

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Hundreds of New Hampshire residents rallied outside the statehouse in Concord on April 18 to urge a quick end to the northeastern state’s virus-related stay-at-home rule. (AFP / Joseph Prezioso)

Hundreds protest against US virus rules

(AFP) Hundreds protested Saturday in cities across America against coronavirus-related lockdowns — with encouragement from President Donald Trump — as resentment grows against the crippling economic cost of confinement. An…

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Thailand closed to arriving flights for three days after incident

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CVAT) has stopped all international flights from landing in Thailand for three days, from midnight last night, after some members of a group of…

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Widespread sugarcane burning continues uninterrupted by local authorities

Burning of sugarcane by farmers in several provinces is increasing airborne pollution, affecting local residents, and officials appear to be powerless or reluctant to intervene to stop the practice.  …

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Villagers protest to demand closure of smelting plant in Ayutthaya

Over 200 residents of Lat Bua Luang district in Thailand’s central province of Ayutthaya held a protest yesterday (Monday) to demand the closure of a scrap metal smelting plant, which…

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A demonstrators set up a barricade and light fire during a protest against pension reform plans in Paris, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. Thousands of protesters opposed to the French government’s plan to revamp the retirement system marched through Paris on Saturday, the 14th day of crippling strikes. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Thousands march in Paris to protest pension reform plan

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of protesters opposed to the French government’s plan to revamp the retirement system marched through Paris on Saturday, the 24th day of crippling strikes. In an…

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Probe urged into link between Future Forward party and protest against PM in New York

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said today (Friday) that that an investigation should be launched into whether the Future Forward party was connected with a protest against Prime Minister…

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Smog from Indonesia’s forest fires in Songkhla sparks protest

A small group of people demonstrated in front of the Indonesian Consular Office in Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla this morning (Friday) to demand that the Thai government apply pressure…

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Cabbies threaten to petition Administrative Court to stop ride hailing services

Taxi drivers are up in arms about ride-hailing services and are threatening to take their case to the Administrative Court with a demand for about 8.5 billion baht compensation from…

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Hong Kong leader says public dialogue aimed at easing tensions to begin next week

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s leader said on Tuesday that she would engage directly with her governing team in a dialogue with the community next week, while reiterating calls…

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Tear gas, Molotovs and brawls mark 99th day of Hong Kong protests

HONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs on Sunday, tipping the violence-plagued city back…

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Kwok Pak-chung, regional commander of the Hong Kong Island, shows an evidence image of violent acts by radical protesters in the past two months during a daily press conference in south China’s Hong Kong on Thursday. – Xinhua photo

HK police ban mass weekend protest rally

HONG KONG (Agencies) — Police in Hong Kong, citing public safety concerns,  have banned both a rally and a march planned for tomorrow by the human rights group that has…

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(Photo) The airport protest is the latest escalation in a 10-week political crisis that has gripped Hong Kong/AFP

Flights departing Hong Kong airport after protest chaos

Flights were departing Hong Kong airport largely on schedule on Wednesday morning, a day after pro-democracy protesters caused chaos with a disruptive sit-in that paralysed the busy transport hub. Hundreds…

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(Photo) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said protesters had ‘seriously undermined Hong Kong’s law and order’/AFP

Hong Kong leader says city on brink, protesters cause travel chaos

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters are close to creating a “very dangerous situation”, the city’s leader warned Monday as train travel and international flights in the global financial hub were thrown…

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(Photo) Pro-government supporters attend a rally to call for an end to violence, after a wave of protests against an extradition bill triggered clashes between police and activists, in Hong Kong, China July 20, 2019/ REUTERS (Edgar Su)

Thousands in pro-police rally as Hong Kong braces for another mass protest

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tens of thousands gathered in Hong Kong on Saturday to voice support for the police and call for an end to violence, after a wave of…

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Hong Kong police arrest six at Kowloon protest

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Police arrested six people during a demonstration in one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist areas on Sunday, where thousands of protesters sought to raise awareness…

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(Photo) Crowds of protesters were still camped out in parts of Hong Kong as night fell/AFP

Hong Kong leader apologises as rally chokes city

About two million protesters choked Hong Kong’s streets in a powerful rebuke of a reviled extradition law, organisers said Sunday, piling pressure on the city’s embattled pro-Beijing leader who apologised…

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(Photo) Thousands of protesters dressed in black rallied against Hong Kong’s government/AFP

Massive demonstration chokes Hong Kong as extradition anger boils

Hundreds of thousands of people rallied in central Hong Kong Sunday against a reviled extradition law, the latest huge demonstration to pile pressure on the city’s embattled leader, despite her…

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(Photo) Police officers fire tear gas during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong, China June 12, 2019./Reuters

Uneasy calm in Hong Kong after day of violence over extradition bill

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities were shutting government offices in the city’s financial district for the rest of the week after a day of violence over an extradition…

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(Photo) Police officers use a water cannon on a lone protester near the government headquarters in Hong Kong/AFP

Hong Kong police use tear gas as protesters try to storm parliament

Violent clashes broke out in Hong Kong on Wednesday as police tried to stop protesters storming the city’s parliament, while tens of thousands of people blocked key arteries in a…

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‘Million march’: Huge Hong Kong protest against China extradition law

Hong Kong witnessed the largest protest since its 1997 handover to China on Sunday as huge crowds massed against plans to allow extraditions to the mainland, a proposal that has…

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Democrat’s slogan contest winner returns shield and cash prize in protest

The winner of the Democrat party’s 50th anniversary slogan contest in 1995 has returned the shield and 5,000 baht cash prize he was awarded in protest against what he described…

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