Developing Story: Violence in Thailand Escalating

Red Shirts Thailand

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.

Key Players:

Thaksin Shinawatra - Peoples Champion

Abhisit Vejjajiva

Abhisit Vejjajivag - In Power Via Military Coup

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