In Thailand, the Red Shirt anti-government protesters (United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, aka UDD) have continued their campaign to oust the current government. This included retaking a pro-opposition tv station that the government attempted to censor. One of their tactics was to occupy a commercial shopping district in Bangkok causing the shutdown of various malls.
Unfortunately for all, twenty one people have died including four soldiers and eight hundred have been injured when the military attempted to remove protesters from the area they are occupying.
According to the BBC, the head of the army has called for the government to be dissolved and expressed his reluctance to use force. In a replay of what happened in January of 2009, the Election Commission has decided that the prime minister's Democratic Party should be dissolved due because they failed to declare an $8 million donation from a company during the 2005 election. The case will be referred to the Constitutional Court as in early 2009. The UDD brought the case.
The current government may fall soon since it no longer seems to have the support of the military.
- The Big Picture
- Global News (I take their descriptions with a grain of salt, but it is great to see the action on the ground.)