Yingluck Shinawatra

Thai anti-government protesters say they won't target public transport

Thai people hold candles during an anti-violence campaign in Bangkok. Photo: AFP

Thailand's anti-government protest movement reassured tourists yesterday that it would not target the kingdom's airports or public transport during a planned "shutdown" of Bangkok.

Saturday, 4 January, 2014, 12:13am

Bangkok protests could delay talks on ending 10-year conflict in Thai south

Police on guard in Narathiwat, southern Thailand. Photo: AFP

Stuttering peace talks to end Thailand's bloody southern rebellion are under threat from political turmoil in Bangkok, observers say, as the conflict enters its second decade.

4 Jan 2014 - 12:12am

Is democracy in Thailand in its death throes?

Thai soldiers wear gas masks as they stand guard at the Thai-Japan youth stadium in central Bangkok. Photo: Reuters

Thailand is once again being convulsed by extreme partisan politics, with the country's polarisation playing out on Bangkok's streets. The sense that Thailand has been through all of this before would be mildly reassuring were it not for a nagging fear that this decent and prosperous society may be set to destroy its democracy.

31 Dec 2013 - 1:48am

Thailand's Election Commission dismisses talk of postponing poll

An amulet-wearing protester at yesterday's march. Photo: Reuters

Thailand's Election Commission yesterday dismissed suggestions it would postpone national elections and said the polls would take place on February 2 as announced.

21 Dec 2013 - 12:40am

Thailand feels pinch as tourists avoid protests

An anti-government demonstrator stands by as tourists check a map after arriving at a protest site in Bangkok. Photo: AFP

From backpacker districts to high-end hotels, more than a month of opposition protests in the Thai capital are taking their toll on the kingdom's tourism sector, with hundreds of thousands of travellers staying away.

16 Dec 2013 - 10:51pm

Suthep Thaugsuban to meet Thai military to discuss reform proposals

Suthep Thaugsuban. Photo: AP

The leader of a protest group trying to overthrow Thailand's government and scrap planned elections said yesterday the prime minister should either step down or be forced out, and his movement would then need around a year to push through reforms.

14 Dec 2013 - 1:51am

Whistle-blowing phone app proves hit with Thai protestors

Thai Fight pits Thailand's politicians against each other. Photo: AP

For years, protesters in Thailand have used social media to organise rallies. Now they're taking smartphones to a new level.

4 Jan 2014 - 1:20pm

Red-shirt threat to take to the streets raises tensions further in Thailand

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban is pushing for PM Yingluck Shinawatra to be replaced with a 'people's council'. Photo: AFP

The red-shirted supporters of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday that they could take to the streets to protect the government from protesters who have forced her to call a snap election, setting the scene for a confrontation.

12 Dec 2013 - 10:22am 1 comment

Thailand's Yingluck calls for snap elections, but protesters vow 'judgment day'

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra addresses the nation. Photo: AP

Desperate to defuse Thailand's deepening political crisis, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she was dissolving the lower house of parliament and called for early elections. But the moves did nothing to stem a growing tide of more than 150,000 protesters vowing to overthrow her.

10 Dec 2013 - 9:06am 8 comments

Hong Kong package tours to Bangkok halted as threat level is raised to 'red'

A protester hurls a tear gas canister back at the police yesterday as clashes continued outside Bangkok's Government House. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong travel agencies have started cancelling package tours to Bangkok because of violent anti-government protests as the Security Bureau raised the travel threat level to "red" - the second highest warning.

Video: Police fire rubber bullets as unrest continues in Bangkok

3 Dec 2013 - 9:41am

Anti-Shinawatra protests spread to Thai provinces, Phuket

A clenched fist is raised in defiance as anti-government protesters gather outside the Labour Ministry in Bangkok. Photo: Reuters

Thailand's mass political protests spread outside the capital yesterday as opposition demonstrators stepped up their attempts to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government, plunging the country deeper into crisis.

28 Nov 2013 - 10:50am

Yingluck Shinawatra, the 'puppet' hanging by a thread in Thailand

Illustration: Henry Wong

Mention the name of Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's prime minister, to any of the hundreds of anti-government protesters occupying Bangkok's Ministry of Finance and a torrent of abuse follows.

27 Nov 2013 - 10:52am

Protests against Yingluck Shinawatra government continue in Bangkok

Tens thousands of anti-government protesters took over four more ministries in Bangkok on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

Thai opposition protesters besieged several more ministries in Bangkok on Tuesday to try to topple the government, as Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra faced a no-confidence motion in parliament and warned against “mob rule”.

27 Nov 2013 - 10:40am 1 comment

Yingluck gets command of military in reshuffle

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Photo: Xinhua

Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday became the first woman to head the kingdom's defence ministry in a cabinet reshuffle that gives her more influence over the powerful army that ousted her brother. As defence minister, Yingluck claims a seat on Thailand's defence council which appoints army top brass in a nation where the military has carried out numerous coups, the most recent toppling her brother Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006.

1 Jul 2013 - 3:37am

Talking points

Occupy Central organisers set out next steps

Occupy Central organisers set out next steps

23 May 2013 - 4:18am