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1st Thailand pro-democracy march since 2014 coup

Mar 13, 2020 - 10:31 PM

Discontent with the administration of ex-army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha is seething, with a progressive opposition party disbanded and the country's economy faltering

PROTEST. A man holds a sign that reads, 'We are tired of Prayut, stop the 2017 constitution' during a demonstration calling for the creation of a new constitution in Bangkok on March 13, 2020. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Politicos register for Thailand's first election since 2014 coup

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:39 PM

The registration is marked by a festive atmosphere, with supporters of dozens of groups waving neon banners and party flags as they enter a stadium in central Bangkok

REGISTRATION. A supporter displays a placard of Action Coalition for Thailand party candidate Man Charoenwan, depicted as 'Superman' during registration with the election commission in Bangkok on February 4, 2019. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Thailand to hold first election since coup on March 24

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) The poll date is set to ignite campaign season in a country where colorful and boisterous political rallies have often tipped into deadly violence

UN voices 'serious concern' on human rights in Thailand

Sep 03, 2014 - 2:43 PM

The UN Human Rights Office for South East Asia OHCHR points to a deteriorating environment for human rights defenders

NEW PREMIER. Thai Army Chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha reading a statement after receiving a royal command during a ceremony to swear him in as prime minister at the Army headquarters in Bangkok on August 25, 2014. Government House /AFP

Thai PM stacks cabinet with soldiers

Aug 31, 2014 - 9:28 PM

Nearly a 3rd of the new Thailand cabinet are senior military officers including generals involved in the bloody 2010 crackdown on Red Shirt activists

NEW ADMINISTRATION. Thai Army Chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha reading a statement after receiving a royal command during a ceremony to swear him in as prime minister at the Army headquarters in Bangkok on August 25, 2014. Government House /AFP

Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

Aug 20, 2014 - 3:02 PM

Army Chief Prayut Chan O Cha is likely to be the sole candidate for the premiership when the 197 strong appointed assembly convenes on Thursday August 21 to select a new leader for the Southeast Asian country

NEXT PREMIER? Head of the National Council for Peace and Order and army chief, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha (C), arrives prior the opening of the National Legislative Assembly in Bangkok on August 7, 2014. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Thai junta allows deposed PM Yingluck to leave country

Jul 17, 2014 - 1:45 PM

Yingluck is expected to travel to Paris next week to attend the 65th birthday party of her elder brother the fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra

NEW OFFER. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House in Bangkok on December P, 2013. AFP / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul

Marcos, Suharto, and then Thaksin?

Jul 02, 2014 - 2:35 PM

The view of Thaksin as the ultimate problem that colors Thai politics is a major factor behind the acceptance relief and support for the May coup

Marcos, Suharto, and Thaksin

Thai court issues arrest warrant for anti-coup group spokesman

Jun 29, 2014 - 9:21 PM

Jakaprob Penkair a prominent member of the anti coup movement denies links with war weapons seized in Thailand

Thai armed soldiers on guard during the meeting of the 2015 national budget at the Army Club in Bangkok, Thailand, 13 June 2014. Narong Sangnak/EPA

Thai coup leader denies conspiracy with protesters

Jun 28, 2014 - 2:24 PM

It is not true General Prayut Chan O Cha says addressing accusations that he had discussed uprooting the divisive Shinawatra clan from politics with firebrand protest chief Suthep Thaugsuban

ANTI-COUP. A Thai demonstrator shouting slogans holds a sign in support of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a protest against the military coup in Bangkok, Thailand, 24 May 2014. Photo by Diego Azubel/EPA

US cuts more Thailand aid, considers moving exercises

Jun 25, 2014 - 8:20 AM

Washington blocks 4 7 million in security related aid to Thailand which accounts for roughly half of its 10 5 million in annual assistance to the longtime ally

HEAVY SECURITY. Thai armed soldiers on guard during the meeting of the 2015 national budget at the Army Club in Bangkok, Thailand, 13 June 2014. Narong Sangnak/EPA

Thai junta 'disappointed' after EU cuts official contacts

Jun 24, 2014 - 9:16 AM

Thai junta: We are not angry but we are disappointed and regret the EU decision

MILITARY JUNTA. Thai soldiers stand after the declaration of martial law, later confirmed as a coup, at the Army Club in Bangkok on May 20, 2014. File photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Cambodian exodus from Thailand jumps to nearly 180,000

Jun 17, 2014 - 2:56 PM

The mass exodus of laborers – who help keep major Thai industries such as agriculture afloat – comes after a warning from Thailand s new military regime that illegal foreign workers face arrest and deportation

ESCAPING THAILAND. Cambodian migrant workers carry their belongings as they arrive in the city of Poipet after crossing the Thai-Cambodian border, in the northeastern Cambodian province of Banteay Meanchey on June 17, 2014. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

More than 150,000 Cambodians flee Thailand post-coup

Jun 16, 2014 - 10:46 PM

The mass exodus of laborers is sparked by an army warning that illegal foreign workers would be arrested and deported

FLEE. Illegal Cambodian migrant workers returning from Thailand arrive at Poipet city, Cambodia on June 16, 2014. Thai authorities returned more than 140,000 thousands of Cambodians who illegally worked in Thailand to Cambodia after the military coup in Bangkok. Photo by Mak Remissa/EPA

Thailand's junta detains anti-coup leader

Jun 06, 2014 - 11:08 AM

3rd UPDATE Before he was captured Sombat Boonngamanong refused to turn himself in instead posting a message on Facebook saying: Catch me if you can

Thai Red Shirts freed as Facebook 'block' sows panic

May 29, 2014 - 8:18 AM

Thailand is no stranger to military intervention in politics with 19 actual or attempted coups in its modern history

MILITARY POLICE. Armed Thai military police stand guard during a anti-coup demonstration at the Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, May 28, 2014. Diego Azubel/EPA

Thai troops swoop on fugitive former minister

May 27, 2014 - 10:46 PM

Chaturon Chaisang the education minister in the ousted government is marched out by soldiers after a press conference condemning the coup

STANDING GUARD. Soldiers block the street outside the US embassy during a small protest against the military coup in Bangkok, Thailand, May 25, 2014. Diego Azubel/EPA

Thai king appoints army chief as junta head

May 26, 2014 - 1:16 PM

Thai General Prayut Chan O Cha receives an endorsement as the leader of the regime from Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej

PROTEST. A Thai protester holds a placard as he marches past a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a rally against the military junta at Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand on May 26, 2014. Thai army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha received a royal endorsement as junta head but gave no indication of when civilian rule would be restored. Photo by Diego Azubel/EPA

Junta ultimatum for defiant Thai anti-coup protesters

May 25, 2014 - 3:07 PM

2nd UPDATE Dissent grows in Bangkok despite the military junta s warnings

ANTI-COUP. A Thai demonstrator shouting slogans holds a sign in support of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a protest against the military coup in Bangkok, Thailand, 24 May 2014. Photo by Diego Azubel/EPA

Human Rights Watch calls for restoration of Thai democracy

May 24, 2014 - 2:48 PM

The group urges the Thai military to revoke its abusive martial law powers to end censorship and to release people who have been arrested since martial law was imposed

The Thai coup and the risk of democracy fatigue

May 24, 2014 - 1:12 PM

Beyond what happens in the next few weeks and months difficult questions arise about how Thailand can make its democratic processes lead to better governance

Thai military detains ousted leaders for 'up to a week'

May 24, 2014 - 9:51 AM

3rd UPDATE The military junta declines to specify where the detainees are being held but says they are in no danger

'DETAINED.' Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives for her defence in a court case at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok, Thailand, 06 May 2014. File photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

US suspends aid as Thailand coup criticism grows

May 24, 2014 - 8:04 AM

Moving swiftly a day after the military seized power Washington said it froze 3 5 million in military assistance out of around 10 5 million in total

ANTI-COUP. Hundreds of Thai pro-democracy activists hold up papers with protest messages during a demonstration against the army in Bangkok, Thailand on May 23, 2014. Photo by Pongmanat Tasiri/EPA

Heed Thailand curfew, PH embassy warns Filipinos

May 22, 2014 - 9:46 PM

The Philippines advises its citizens to exercise extreme caution and vigilance after the Thai military declared a coup in Thailand