BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai troops fired in the air above thousands of “red shirt” protesters Saturday in the biggest confrontation in the month-long opposition campaign for new elections, a Reuters photographer said.
Army spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said troops had been ordered to “reclaim” the Phan Fah bridge and Rajdumnoen Road area in Bangkok, near several government and army buildings.
KHAO YAI THIANG, Thailand (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra rallied on Monday outside the rural home of a royal adviser they accuse of involvement in the 2006 coup that toppled the billionaire.
At least 5,000 protesters from the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) gathered to denounce Surayud Chulanont for his alleged illegal occupation of forest land in the mountains of northeastern Thailand.
MAE SOT, Thailand (Reuters) – The rubbish dump outside the Thai town of Mae Sot steams with rancid rotting fish and other debris, a squalid haven for hundreds of refugees from Myanmar that aid groups say could swell in size this year.
Aid groups are bracing for a rise in refugees from military-ruled Myanmar into neighboring Thailand and China ahead of its first parliamentary elections in two decades this year, potentially straining ties with its neighbors and worsening crowded refugee camps in Thailand.