Political protests in Bangkok, Thailand

In case you didn’t know, I live in Thailand with my wife Su, and there is deadly fighting currently going on in the capital Bangkok between civilian anti-government protestors and government armed forces.

Thousands of protestors, mostly rural poor people known as "red shirts", have been occupying a central part of the capital since early April. They are demanding that the current government, which they believe is illegitimate, quits and calls new elections.

Things started very peacefully, but fighting broke out on April 10th when the army tried to clear the protestors out of their encampments, which resulted in 26 people being killed and over 800 injured. Sporadic clashes have taken place since then with a further 3 deaths and hundreds more injured.

Then late last Thursday the army once more tried to surround the protestors, and further very violent fighting broke out which has continued almost non-stop right through to tonight. A further 30 people have died and 232 have been injured so far as a result. It is a terrible time here.

Su regularly updates her blog with news of what’s going on, and you can read her thread on it all here if you’re interested:

Thai Political Trouble 2010

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About Peter Inns

I'm from England and I worked in IT for UK blue chip corporations for around 20 years. Currently I live in Thailand where I still do some IT work and additionally some English teaching. I'm married to Su and we have one son and one daughter.
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