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Thai general denies coup was planned

Thai general denies coup was planned

A senior Thai general has told the BBC that last month's military coup had not been planned in advance. It comes after an opposition leader claimed the army had been discussing overthrowing the government for years. Lt Gen Chatchalerm Chalermsukh also said those detained by the military since the coup were being treated well. And he...

The general behind the coup

The general behind the coup

The Thai general who took power in a coup is a staunch royalist with a penchant for wading ruthlessly into the country's political turmoil -- and justifying his actions as a defence of the nation and its revered monarchy. Stern, pugnacious and known for bluntly stating his opinions, the 60-year-old army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha...

Thai govt supporters gather to 'defend democracy'

Thai govt supporters gather to 'defend democracy'

Supporters of Thailand's beleaguered government gathered on Saturday on the outskirts of Bangkok saying they were determined to safeguard democracy and avert a coup as anti-government protesters, based at a central park, planned their "final push". Thailand's polarised politicians have been unable to forge a compromise over a nearly decade-long split between the royalist...

Thai protest leader promises to clear streets, moving campaign to park

Thai protest leader promises to clear streets, moving campaign to park

Anti-government protesters in Bangkok have said they will scale back their presence in the streets. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said in his nightly speech on Friday that the protesters would withdraw from several stages erected at key intersections around Bangkok. Starting on Monday they would consolidate at Lumpini Park, a central venue that has...

Thai govt go tough to stop protests

Thousands of riot police were deployed in the Thai capital yesterday to clear areas occupied for weeks by opposition protesters, tearing down makeshift barricades around the besieged government headquarters. The operation in Bangkok marked an unexpected shift in tactics by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government after months during which the demonstrators have often appeared to be more in control of the city than the authorities. Apparently emboldened by dwindling protester numbers and the failure of the opposition to have a recent...

Thai opposition leader's house attacked

Thai opposition leader's house attacked

A loud blast shook the house of a senior Thai opposition leader overnight, police said on Wednesday, as protesters trying to oust the government remained camped in central Bangkok with no end to the political deadlock in sight. Some hardline protesters have threatened to blockade the stock exchange and an air traffic communications facility on Wednesday if Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra does not step down.

Thai protesters target ministries

Thai protesters target ministries

Protesters trying to topple Thailand's government said they would tighten the blockade around ministries on Tuesday and a hardline faction threatened to storm the stock exchange, while many major intersections in the capital Bangkok remained blocked. The turmoil is the latest chapter in an eight-year conflict pitting the Bangkok-based middle class and royalist establishment against the mostly poorer, rural supporters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a former premier who was ousted by the military in 2006.

Thai police fire teargas at anti-govt protesters

Thai police fire teargas at anti-govt protesters

Thai police fire teargas at anti-government protesters at Bangkok Thursday after demonstrators tried to disrupt planning for February election

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