Military is conducting a systematic reshuffle to blunt power of officials seen as loyal to former prime minister in effort to dismantle support base and ensure he can never return to power.
Grenades were thrown early on Friday at the offices of Thailand’s anti-corruption agency, which has summoned the prime minister to answer charges of dereliction of duty next week, as protesters trying to oust her prepared for a big weekend rally.
Thailand risks sliding into civil war after a wave of political violence in which 22 people have been killed, officials warned yesterday as the unrest claimed the life of a fourth child.
The fire, which broke out on Friday in Mae Hong Son province, about 900km north of Bangkok, has left more than 2,000 people homeless.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra went to the south of Thailand on Thursday after attacks blamed on Muslim insurgents this week in which six people were killed, including an 11-month-old child and two teachers, who are increasingly seen as targets.
Thailand’s police chief said on Friday he would deploy almost 17,000 officers to prevent violence at an anti-government rally on the weekend, after the government invoked a special security law saying democracy was under threat.