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2011-06-21 08:32:00

LONDON, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A lawyer representing Thailand's Red Shirt pro-democracy movement has criticized a move by Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to hold an election campaign rally at the Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok, the site of mass killings of protesters by the Army in May 2010. "It's not only a profound insult to the victims and survivors, Prime Minister Abhisit is flaunting his denial of responsibility for this atrocity in an attempt to provoke Red Shirts...

2009-01-16 14:45:31

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was met Friday at the country's Teacher's Council by protesters performing a cursing ritual. About a dozen members of the Sanam Luang Democracy Group, an apparent splinter group of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, roasted chilis and salt outside of the council's headquarters Friday, MCOT.net reported Friday. The protesters said they chose to perform the cursing ritual instead of throwing eggs at Abhisit because they feared the action...

2008-10-10 09:00:22

Seven leaders of a group that has led months of anti-government protests in Thailand were released on bail Friday after surrendering to police. The seven belonging to the People's Alliance for Democracy gave themselves up after an appeals court revoked three more serious charges, including treason, against the group's core leaders the previous day, the Thai News Agency reported. The court had ordered the release of two other leaders on bail. Their surrender came after the court let stand...

2008-10-08 06:00:19

By Seth Mydans and Thomas Fuller In a day of street battles that left more than 300 people wounded, anti-government protesters surrounded Parliament on Tuesday, trapping hundreds of lawmakers inside throughout the afternoon. Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat escaped over a back fence in the morning after delivering a policy address. But other members were unable to leave for more than five hours, when the police dispersed the massed protesters with volleys of tear gas and cleared the way...

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...

2008-10-05 12:00:08

By Associated Press BANGKOK, Thailand -- A one-time Bangkok mayor and key leader of a monthslong anti-government movement that spearheaded the ouster of a Thai prime minister was arrested today on charges of insurrection, police said. In a continuing crackdown on the movement, police were seen hauling Chamlong Srimuang away at a polling station where elections for the city's top job were beginning. Police Colonel Sarathon Pradit confirmed that Chamlong had been arrested. Police on Aug....

2008-10-05 09:00:07

Thai police have arrested key opposition leader Chamlong Srimuang as part of crackdown against anti-government protesters, local media reported Sunday. The Thai News Agency says Chamlong, a leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy, was arrested early Sunday at a polling booth after voting in Bangkok's gubernatorial elections, CNN reported. The People's Alliance has orchestrated a five-week-long siege of Thailand's Government House, demanding the ouster of People Power Party members...

2008-09-29 09:00:36

Anti-gov't protesters clash with airport security personnel as Thai PM visits south BANGKOK, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Anti-government protesters organized by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) clashed with airport security personnel shortly after the arrival of Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat in Thai southern province Surat Thani Saturday, local media reported. The incident took place after Somchai was leaving the airport and confronted a group of PAD protesters, according to Thai...

2008-09-27 06:00:18

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper The Nation website on 27 September [Unattributed report from the "Breaking News" page: "PAD urges supporters to block PM from flying back to Bangkok"] The People's Alliance for Democracy Saturday called on its supporters in southern provinces to block four airports to prevent Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat from flying back to Bangkok. Somchai visited Nakhon Si Thammarat Saturday by flying to Surat Thani airport and travelling by car to his...

2008-09-27 06:00:18

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper The Nation website on 27 September [Unattributed report from the "Headlines" page: "Supporters and protesters welcome PM at Surat Thani"] Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat is greeted by supporters and protesters at Surat Thani Airport. Anti-government supporters at Surat Thani airport yelled at Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat who is on his way to visit his hometown in Nakhon Si Thammarat. "You are a traitor," a woman shouted as Somchai who is...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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