Developing Story: Violence in Thailand Escalating
Thai Troops fired upon anti-government protesters in Bangkok during a massive army push to clear the streets, killing 5 and wounding 81 people.
The conflict is stemming from the growing anti-government red shirt movement that has been protesting the established government actively for about 2 months now.
Current Prime Minister Abhist Vejjajiva was put into power via parliamentary political maneuvering, rather than a popular vote.
Preceding him was former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who brought cheap medical care, loans, and other financial breaks to the poor during his 6 years in power. Dubbed “Red-Shirts”, or lower class, mostly country vote, have been pushing for an official election, where a more Pro-Tahksin government could be put into place.
Pushing back is the traditional elite and middle classes, who also enjoy control of the military. These so called “Yellow-Shirts” were able to oust Taksin by military coup back in September of 2006.
In Thailand, the military has seized power by force 18 times in the past 80 years.