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2008-10-08 00:00:19

By Andrew Buncombe Two protesters killed during clashes with riot police inside parliamentary compound in Bangkok Army chief reassures public that his troops are unarmed and there is no prospect of a military coup THE PRIME Minister of Thailand was forced to scale a fence and flee in a police helicopter yesterday as thousands of protesters barricaded parliament in the latest twist in the country's seething political turmoil. Riot police fired tear gas in clashes with activists who had...

2008-09-15 06:00:18

By Seth Mydans The acting prime minister of Thailand lifted a state of emergency Sunday and warned that the continuing political crisis was frightening away tourists and tarnishing the country's image as the "Land of Smiles." The acting prime minister, Somchai Wongsawat, implored all sides to find a peaceful solution to "bring back the smile" to the country after a nearly three weeks of protest calling for the removal of the government. The state of emergency, which was announced on...

2008-09-03 09:00:12

By JOCELYN GECKER By Jocelyn Gecker The Associated Press BANGKOK, Thailand Thailand's embattled leader struggled to keep the peace and his grip on power Tuesday after declaring a state of emergency that was openly flouted by thousands of anti-government protesters in the capital. While Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej sought to tamp down newly violent unrest pitting pro- and anti-government protesters, he also was hit by an electoral commission finding that could disband his party...

2008-09-03 06:00:08

By Seth Mydans The embattled government of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej faced challenges both on the streets and in the courts Tuesday after declaring a state of emergency in Bangkok. Samak called out the military early in the day to put down a running battle between supporters and opponents of the government, who attacked each other with sticks, swords, slingshots and firearms. At least one person was killed and dozens were injured. Later Tuesday, the Election Commission ruled that...

2008-09-03 00:00:08

By Kathy Marks TROOPS WERE back on the streets of Bangkok yesterday, two years after Thailand was plunged into turmoil by a military coup. But in a twist typical of labyrinthine Thai politics, the soldiers were summoned by the man who most fears an army takeover. The Prime Minister, Samak Sundaravej, declared a state of emergency after a week of anti-government demonstrations aimed at forcing him out turned violent. One man was killed and dozens were injured, several seriously, during...

2008-09-02 21:00:06

By Michael Casey BANGKOK, Thailand - Thailand's prime minister declared a state of emergency in the capital today after street fighting overnight between supporters and opponents of the government left one man dead and dozens injured. The developments followed a threat by state workers to cut off water, electricity and phone service at government offices and disrupt flights of the national airline in support of protesters trying to bring down Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej. An...

2008-08-30 09:00:03

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper The Nation website on 30 August The People Power Party's key coalition partners called for an urgent meeting Friday night, while Army chief Gen Anupong Paojinda rejected Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej's plan to declare a state of emergency. Although the coalition allies reportedly reaffirmed their support for Samak for the moment, they covered all possible solutions at the urgent meeting, including a proposal for him to either resign or...


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'