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
Originally published at Siam Voices on June 23, 2014 Former opposition politician and anti-government protest leader Suthep Thuagsuban claims to have been in talks with Thailand’s army chief and coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha to topple the governments associated to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra “since 2010”, according to local media. The Bangkok Post reported on… More Suthep claims ‘in talks with Prayuth’ since 2010 to plot Thai coup
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
Originally published at Siam Voices on April 30, 2014 The efforts of Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva to mediate in the ongoing political crisis is being welcomed by some and regarded with skepticism by others. What is the opposition leader’s rationale after all these months, asks Saksith Saiyasombut The past few days saw a man… More Will Abhisit’s ‘middle man’-approach end Thailand’s political impasse?
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
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
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
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
Originally published at Siam Voices on December 10, 2013 The Thai political battle goes into the next round as Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament and called for new elections. Regardless, the ongoing street protests to drive her and brother Thaksin out of politics continue. With a tearful Yingluck insisting earlier today that she… More Opinion: What will happen next with Suthep and Thailand’s ‘Democrazy’?
As you may have seen and read it at Siam Voices or on my Twitter account, Thailand has seen the biggest anti-government protests since 2010, as rallies led by former Democrat Party MP, former deputy prime minister and veteran political bruiser Suthep Thuagsuban have gradually escalated their initial anti-amnesty bill campaign into an all-out anti-democratic… More Thailand protests live-blogs: It’s been quite some busy days…!