Month: May 2010


Thai government defends itself during censure debate over deadly crackdown

Thai Parliament debates crackdown on Red protest BANGKOK — Thailand’s House of Representatives began debate Monday on a censure motion against the coalition government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, focusing on its deadly crackdown on anti-government Red Shirt protesters earlier this month. The opposition Puea Thai Party alleges the army used excessive force that resulted […]Read More


Shinawatra hires war crimes lawyer

BANGKOK, May 31 – Fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s legal team said Monday it had hired an international war crimes expert to help investigate a recent army crackdown on protesters in Bangkok. Dutch professor GJ Alexander Knoops, previously involved in cases on the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone, will help attempt to […]Read More


Irishman held in Bangkok prison over Red Shirt riots

AN IRISHMAN is under arrest in a Bangkok prison while his role in the recent Red Shirt disturbances in the Thai capital, in which at least 85 people died, is being investigated. Conor David Purcell made regular appearances addressing major Red Shirt rallies in Bangkok’s occupation zone during the weeks of rioting in which some […]Read More


November election date not feasible, says Thai premier

Thailand’s prime minister said previously proposed November elections are not feasible “in the current environment”, 10 days after the Thai army quashed an anti-government protest in Bangkok. However, in his weekly television address yesterday, Abhisit Vejjajiva said he believed the situation in Thailand was “getting back to normal”. Thai authorities have lifted a night-time curfew […]Read More


Activist seeks opposition party dissolution

BANGKOK, May 31 (TNA) – Lawyer of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) on Monday filed a complaint at Election Commission (EC) seeking the dissolution of the opposition Puea Thai Party, ally to the fugitive ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, for allegedly involving with the unlawful demonstrations of anti-government Red Shirts. Nitithorn Lamlua, a PAD […]Read More


AirAsia offers free Thai tickets as fare war takes off

Discount airline AirAsia has launched special fares to lift Thailand’s tourism industry in the wake of the bloody political clashes in Bangkok that prompted the Australian government to warn travellers to avoid the capital. AirAsia is offering a limited number of free flights from Bali to Bangkok, and $10 fares from Kuala Lumpur to the […]Read More


Muay Thai star arrested in Phuket

PHUKET: Former Muay Thai star Chaisiri Boonman, better known by his ring name Kwan-ngen Chokeladda, was one of two men arrested yesterday for committing at least two roadside robberies in Phuket. The arrests were announced by Chalong Police Superintendent Wichit Intorrasorn at a press conference at Chalong Police Station at 6:30pm yesterday. At the press […]Read More


Thai govt steps up watch on Red Shirts in the

Thai military and police have increased their surveillance of people in the country’s north who are suspected to be allied with Red Shirt protesters. Intelligence officials have information suggesting that protesters have moved underground and could be planning violent retaliation in their strongholds, which are in the north and north-east of the country, according to […]Read More