Yingluck Shinawatra

  • Thais vote for Senate ahead of crucial deadline for PM 30-03-2014 02:29 PM

    Thais voted on Sunday for half of the country's 150-seat Senate in a key test for Yingluck Shinawatra's troubled government, a day before the prime minister is due to defend herself against negligence charges over a disastrous rice subsidy scheme. Anti-government protesters are in their fifth month of a campaign...
  • Thai government to lift Bangkok emergency as tension eases 18-03-2014 12:36 PM

    Thailand's government is to lift a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding provinces two months after imposing it to curb anti-government protests, as the security situation has improved due to the dwindling number of demonstrators. The protesters, mainly from Bangkok and the south, have been trying since early November...
  • Thai anti-govt protesters target PM again despite hint of talks 28-02-2014 12:51 PM

    Protesters in Thailand said they will rally at ministries and companies linked to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday, keeping up pressure on her to resign despite a vague proposal of talks from their leader. The protesters have blocked big intersections in the capital, Bangkok, since mid-January and forced many...
  • Gunfire by night becomes new norm in downtown Bangkok 26-02-2014 12:04 PM

    Shots fired by unknown gunmen on Wednesday rattled parts of the Thai capital where anti-government protesters have set up camp for weeks, with small but occasionally deadly bombs and gunfire fast becoming the new norm in the city. No one was wounded in the shootings in the central commercial area...
  • Thai PM leaves Bangkok as bombs, gunfire punctuate unrest 24-02-2014 11:52 AM

    Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the target of anti-government protesters who have blocked parts of Bangkok for weeks, has left the city and is staying 150 km (90 miles) away, her office said on Monday, without specifying the location. The protests, punctuated by occasional gunfire and bomb blasts, including one...
  • Two killed, 41 wounded in attack on Thai protest rally 23-02-2014 07:57 AM

    Bangkok: Thousands of supporters of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra meet on Sunday hours after an attack on an anti-government rally killed two people and wounded 41, raising tension in the country's protracted political crisis. Gunmen shot at a protest stage and threw grenades in the Khao Saming district of...
  • Thai Police clash with protesters, leaving 4 dead 19-02-2014 09:36 AM

    Bangkok: Gunbattles broke out on Tuesday as hundreds of riot police made their strongest attempt to clear anti-government protest sites around Thailand's capital, leaving at least four people dead and 64 others injured. Multiple gunshots were heard near the prime minister's offices, where riot police wearing helmets and bulletproof vests...
  • Thailand: 3 killed, 59 injured as Police clashes with anti-government protesters 18-02-2014 03:13 PM

    Three persons, including a policeman, was shot dead and 59 others injured on Tuesday as Thai police raided an opposition rally site to reclaim areas taken over by demonstrators seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Violence erupted as the riot police tried to take back the protest site at...
  • Thai PM under siege, lengthy protests take toll on economy 18-02-2014 12:26 PM

    Protesters seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra surrounded Thai government headquarters on Monday in response to police efforts to clear them from the streets, as farmers besieged her temporary office to demand payment for rice. Thailand has been in crisis since November, when Bangkok's middle class and the royalist...
  • Thailand votes amid heavy security 02-02-2014 10:09 AM

    Bangkok: Millions of Thailand people are voting in the general elections Sunday amid heavy security and concerns for possible violence and bloodshed due to anti-government protests. Anti-government protesters said they would disrupt voting process and continued their campaign against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Yingluck voted soon after polls opened Sunday...
  • Thailand set for polls amid anti-govt protests 02-02-2014 08:05 AM

    Bangkok: Thailand will go to polls on Sunday amid a standoff between embattled premier Yingluck Shinawatra and opposition-backed anti-government protesters who have vowed to disrupt the elections. More than 93,000 polling stations will be set up across the country for the polls and over 2,00,000 police personnel would be deployed....
  • Thai protestors blockade buildings housing ballot papers 31-01-2014 05:38 PM

    Thailand's anti-government protestors on Friday blockaded government buildings in capital Bangkok where ballot papers for general elections two days away are being stored. Supporters of the opposition People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), led by Luang Pu Buddha Issara, surrounded the Laksi district office building in the capital, the Bangkok Post...
  • Thailand braces for violence as PM Yingluck Shinawatra's charm runs out 30-01-2014 12:47 PM

    Six unmarked vehicles with pitch-black windows threaded quietly through Bangkok's northern suburbs on a recent Thursday afternoon. Inside one sat the curiously unruffled figure at the heart of Thailand's latest political maelstrom: caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Four months ago, police cars with wailing sirens would have whisked her through...
  • Thailand to deploy 10,000 police in capital to secure voting 29-01-2014 02:02 PM

    Thailand's government will deploy 10,000 police in the capital for Sunday's election, which protesters have promised to disrupt as part of their drawn-out attempt to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The government decided on Tuesday to press ahead with the February 2 election, which the main opposition party plans to...
  • Thailand: Shots fired as PM meets election body, warns of chaos 28-01-2014 05:36 PM

    Shots were fired at a Thai army facility where the prime minister was meeting on Tuesday and two people were hurt, an anti-government protest leader said. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was meeting the Election Commission at an army complex to try to settle on a date for a general election....
  • Thai protest leader shot dead 26-01-2014 05:37 PM

    Thai anti-government protest leader Suthin Tharathin was shot dead and three others injured in an attack at a polling station on Sunday in Bang Na district of Bangkok. Suthin was a leader of the opposition party People's Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism. He led a group of protestors under the...
  • Thailand government offers to put off polls, protesters rebuff proposal 25-01-2014 05:45 PM

    Thailand's embattled government on Saturday said it would put off the February 2 snap polls if political rivals end their protests, but a top opposition leader rebuffed the proposal and said demonstrations will continue to press for reforms. "The election should be postponed on condition that the protesters cease their...
  • Thailand court set to delay February 2 election 24-01-2014 05:39 PM

    A Thailand court is expected to rule on the fate of the controversial February 2 snap polls amid an escalation of political tension as protesters vowed to boycott the election to keep up pressure on Yingluck Shinwatra's government. The Constitution Court unanimously agreed to take up the case on Friday...
  • Thailand: State of emergency begins, pro-government leader shot during protest 22-01-2014 04:37 PM

    A prominent pro-government leader on Wednesday was shot and injured in northeastern Thailand, fueling tensions in the deeply divided country as defiant opposition supporters stepped up their protest to oust Premier Yingluck Shinawatra despite emergency rule imposed in the capital. "Red Shirt" movement leader Kwanchai Praipana, who played a key...
  • Thai capital under state of emergency as protesters dig in 22-01-2014 08:14 AM

    Bangkok: Thailand's capital was under a state of emergency on Wednesday after the government moved to tighten security as protesters trying to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra threatened to disrupt an election she has called for early next month. Bangkok was calm and early commuters travelled to work as normal....
  • Thailand: 28 injured in attack on anti-government rally site 19-01-2014 04:10 PM

    At least 28 people were injured when two explosions hit an anti-government rally site in Bangkok on Sunday, the latest in a series of violence against defiant protesters as they intensified their campaign to oust beleaguered premier Yingluck Shinawatra. Explosions and gunshots took place near Victory Monument, a major intersection...
  • 22 injured as blast hits opposition rally in Thailand 17-01-2014 03:40 PM

    At least 22 people were injured on Friday when a grenade was lobbed at an anti-government rally in Bangkok, the latest attack by unknown assailants on opposition supporters seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The blast occurred at the rally led by opposition leader and Peoples Democratic Reforms Committee...
  • Thailand: Police to arrest opposition leader 16-01-2014 03:57 PM

    Thai police are set to arrest Suthep Thaugsuban, who is leading protestors in the Bangkok shutdown that continued on Thursday for the fourth day. Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul announced that the police would take a scrupulous, well-guarded approach to arrest the leader of the protestors, for whom a rebellion...
  • Thailand: Protesters march on new government targets 16-01-2014 12:36 PM

    Bangkok: Anti-government protesters were on the march again in the Thai capital on Thursday, targeting government offices they have not previous interfered with to keep up pressure on the prime minister to resign and call off next month's election. The marches appeared to be a way to maintain momentum amid...
  • Bangkok braces as Thai protesters set for shutdown 13-01-2014 07:23 AM

    Bangkok: Thailand braced for a new wave of mass unrest on Monday as anti-government demonstrators blocked major roads to "shut down" Bangkok in a bid to thwart February elections and overthrow the nation's democratically elected prime minister. The intensified protests, which could last weeks or more, raise the stakes in...
  • India asks citizen to take precautions ahead of Thailand rally 10-01-2014 07:07 PM

    India on Friday advised its nationals in Thailand to take precautions for personal safety as protesters in Bangkok prepared for a massive rally on Monday aimed at paralysing the capital to intensify an ongoing bid to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The Indian Embassy in Thailand advised its nationals to...
  • Thailand: Police fire teargas, rubber bullets at anti government protesters 26-12-2013 11:11 AM

    Thai police fired teargas and rubber bullets at anti-government protesters in the capital Bangkok on Thursday after demonstrators tried to disrupt planning for a February election, the first such incident in nearly two weeks. The confrontation between police and about 500 protesters angry with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra came a...
  • Thailand: Protesters swarm in at Bangkok to demand PM resigns 22-12-2013 04:54 PM

    Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators massed at sites around Thailand's capital on Sunday in a bid to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra before an uncertain February election the main opposition party will boycott. Yingluck has called a snap poll for February 2 to try to cool tension and renew...
  • Thailand: Protest app 'Nok Weed' brings hi-tech flair to rallies 13-12-2013 02:10 PM

    For years, protesters in Thailand have used social media to organize rallies. Now they're taking smartphones to a new level. Apps have been created that allow phones to help protesters perform the high-pitched, raucous noise making that is a staple of Thai demonstrations. More than 70,000 people have downloaded one...
  • Thailand PM breaks down in tears, urges protesters to take part in election 10-12-2013 12:40 PM

    Her eyes welling with tears, Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pleaded on Tuesday for anti-government demonstrators to clear the streets and support a snap election, but defiant protest leaders called for her to step down within 24 hours. After weeks of sometimes violent street rallies, protesters rejected her call on...