Yingluck Shinawatra

  • Thailand: Junta government ultimatum for defiant anti-coup protesters May 25, 2014

    Thailand's ruling junta warned protesters it would not tolerate any further rallies against its coup after tense standoffs Sunday between soldiers and angry crowds in the capital Bangkok. Dozens of demonstrators faced off against lines of armed soldiers before and after more than one thousand protesters marched through the city, the...
  • US cancels military exercise with Thailand after coup May 25, 2014

    The US has cancelled an ongoing military exercise with Thailand and scrapped several bilateral engagements while urging restoration of democratic rule in the Southeast Asian country in the wake of a bloodless coup there. Thailand's army on Thursday seized power in a coup after months of anti-government protests. The military junta...
  • Opposition to Thailand coup simmers, former PM Yingluck Shinawatra in 'safe place' May 24, 2014

    Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was in a "safe place" on Saturday, an aide said, after being held by Thailand's army following its seizure of power this week, as opposition to the coup grew among her supporters and pro-democracy activists. The army moved on Thursday after failing to forge a compromise...
  • Thai military summons former premier, other leaders after coup May 23, 2014

    Thailand's military junta on Friday tightened its grip on the politically unstable nation, summoning the entire ousted cabinet, including former premier Yingluck Shinawatra to a meeting to restore peace and order, a day after it staged a coup. Yingluck was among the 155 people General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief, summoned...
  • Thai 'Red Shirts' warn of civil war if unelected PM installed May 10, 2014

    Thousands of pro-government "Red Shirts" on Saturday warned that any attempt to install an unelected premier could trigger a "civil war" as they massed here to take on rival protesters who have launched a "final battle" after the removal of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Thousands of police officers were on standby...
  • Thai protesters rally to 'sweep' away Thaksin regime May 9, 2014

    Thousands of royalist protesters fanned out across Thailand's capital on Friday to try to bring down a caretaker government after a court threw Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of office and an anti-graft agency indicted her for negligence. The interim government is hoping to organize a July 20 election that it...
  • Ousted Thailand PM indicted over rice subsidy programme May 8, 2014

    Bangkok: Thailand's anti-graft commission indicted ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday on charges of dereliction of duty in overseeing a widely criticized rice subsidy program, a day after a court forced her from office. Yingluck was accused of allowing the rice program, a flagship policy of her administration, to proceed...
  • Thailand PM asked to resign over abuse of power May 7, 2014

    Bangkok: Thailand's Constitutional Court has ordered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down after finding her guilty in an abuse of power case, pushing the country deeper into political turmoil. Yingluck has been charged with abusing her authority by transferring a senior civil servant in 2011 to another position. The court ruled...
  • Thais vote for Senate ahead of crucial deadline for PM March 30, 2014

    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 to...
  • Thai government to lift Bangkok emergency as tension eases March 18, 2014

    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 to...
  • Thai anti-govt protesters target PM again despite hint of talks February 28, 2014

    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 ministries...
  • Gunfire by night becomes new norm in downtown Bangkok February 26, 2014

    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 of...
  • Thai PM leaves Bangkok as bombs, gunfire punctuate unrest February 24, 2014

    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 on...
  • Two killed, 41 wounded in attack on Thai protest rally February 23, 2014

    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 the...
  • Thai Police clash with protesters, leaving 4 dead February 19, 2014

    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 had...
  • Thailand: 3 killed, 59 injured as Police clashes with anti-government protesters February 18, 2014

    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 Phan...
  • Thai PM under siege, lengthy protests take toll on economy February 18, 2014

    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 establishment...
  • Thailand votes amid heavy security February 2, 2014

    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 near her...
  • Thailand set for polls amid anti-govt protests February 2, 2014

    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 January 31, 2014

    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 reported. Luang...
  • Thailand braces for violence as PM Yingluck Shinawatra's charm runs out January 30, 2014

    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 the city. That...
  • Thailand to deploy 10,000 police in capital to secure voting January 29, 2014

    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 boycott...
  • Thailand: Shots fired as PM meets election body, warns of chaos January 28, 2014

    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. The...
  • Thai protest leader shot dead January 26, 2014

    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 People's...
  • Thailand government offers to put off polls, protesters rebuff proposal January 25, 2014

    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 rallies...
  • Thailand court set to delay February 2 election January 24, 2014

    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 forwarded...
  • Thailand: State of emergency begins, pro-government leader shot during protest January 22, 2014

    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 role...
  • Thai capital under state of emergency as protesters dig in January 22, 2014

    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. There...
  • Thailand: 28 injured in attack on anti-government rally site January 19, 2014

    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 in...
  • 22 injured as blast hits opposition rally in Thailand January 17, 2014

    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 movement...