Thailand: Public assembly law creates new hurdles for political protests

Originally published at Siam Voices on May 4, 2015 In the past decade, Thailand has seen fair share of political protests. As color-coded groups staged prolonged, large-scale street rallies, politics frequently more often took place outside than inside its usual institutions. Many of these protests went on for several weeks with varying degrees of impact on… More Thailand: Public assembly law creates new hurdles for political protests

Thais in Milan rally for and against junta leader’s visit

Originally published at Siam Voices on October 17, 2014 The attendance of Thailand’s junta Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha at the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan has promted Thais to take action to either protest against his arrival or to display support for him as the political polarization among Thais extends abroad, writes Saksith Saiyasombut. “Dittatore… More Thais in Milan rally for and against junta leader’s visit

Thai court dismisses murder charges against Abhisit and Suthep

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 29, 2014 Thailand’s Criminal Court has dismissed murder charges against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his then-Deputy pPM Suthep Thuagsuban for their roles in the violent crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2010. Over 90 people were killed and thousands injured (both protesters and security officers) when the… More Thai court dismisses murder charges against Abhisit and Suthep

Thailand’s political crisis exacerbates: Welcome to Quagmire Country

Originally published at Siam Voices on May 16, 2014 Welcome to Quagmire Country. Last week Thailand’s acting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was ousted after a Constitutional Court ruling ruled that she has illegally transferred the head of National Security Council. This was followed by an indictment by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for negligence of duty… More Thailand’s political crisis exacerbates: Welcome to Quagmire Country

Thai PM Yingluck challenged to live TV debate by protest leader Suthep

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 28, 2014 During the campaign for the 2011 general elections, then-prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of the Democrat Party proposed a televised debate with his challenger Yingluck Shinawatra of the Pheu Thai Party, in the hope that the well-skilled public speaker could score some points against an at that… More Thai PM Yingluck challenged to live TV debate by protest leader Suthep

Thai court renders emergency decree meaningless, limits officials’ powers

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 20, 2014 The Thai Civil Court yesterday ruled to sharply limit the authorities’ powers to deal with the ongoing anti-government protests, while maintaining the state of emergency which was declared last month amidst increasing violent incidents. The case was filed to the court by Mr. Thaworn Senniam, a core… More Thai court renders emergency decree meaningless, limits officials’ powers

Thai govt declares state of emergency as political crisis deepens

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 22, 2014 The political standoff took a new twist Tuesday when the Thai government’s declared state of emergency to counter the ongoing anti-election protests. With additional developments in the background, the wheels in this political crisis are about to spin faster. With the mass anti-election protesters’ campaign to… More Thai govt declares state of emergency as political crisis deepens

Organized chaos: Thai anti-election protesters’ hardline faction

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 15, 2014 With the ongoing protests escalating again, anti-election protesters spread out across Bangkok this week in their much-touted “shutdown”, further putting pressure on the caretaker government of interim Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign and to cancel the elections scheduled for February 2. Various factions inside the protest… More Organized chaos: Thai anti-election protesters’ hardline faction

Siam Voices 2013 Review – Part 1: Blowing the final whistle on Thailand’s political calm

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 27, 2013 Welcome to the Siam Voices 2013 year in review series, where we look back at the most important and interesting headlines, issues and stories that happened in Thailand this past year. Today we start with the political 2013, which looked very different when it started compared… More Siam Voices 2013 Review – Part 1: Blowing the final whistle on Thailand’s political calm

Opinion: Thai opposition boycott a slap in the face to voters

Orginally published at Siam Voices on December 22, 2013 Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party is to boycott the February 2 elections, prolonging the current political crisis. But this move will hurt the country’s oldest political party in the long-run, writes Saksith Saiyasombut When Sukhumband Paribatra was reelected as Governor of Bangkok in March this year he did it with a record… More Opinion: Thai opposition boycott a slap in the face to voters