Political turmoil in Thailand continues

Published on : Tuesday, November 26, 2013

ThailandThailand is in turmoil! Various political parties are up in arms to oust the government. To counter such a move Thailand’s prime minister invoked an emergency law on Monday after demonstrators seeking to remove her from office occupied parts of the finance and foreign ministries.

 

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced that the Internal Security Act would cover all of Bangkok and large parts of surrounding areas. Three especially sensitive districts of the capital have been under the law since August, when there were early signs of political unrest.

 

The law authorizes officials to seal off roads, take action against security threats, impose curfews and ban the use of electronic devices in designated areas. Peaceful rallies are allowed under the law.

 

Protesters swarmed into the two government ministries earlier Monday, overrunning several buildings and cutting electricity in an escalating campaign to topple Yingluck’s government.

 

About 1,000 anti-government demonstrators forced their way into government buildings on Monday. (Kerek Wongsa/Reuters) Protesters say they want Yingluck to step down amid claims that her government is controlled by her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a military coup in 2006 for alleged corruption. On Sunday, more than 150,000 demonstrators took to Bangkok’s streets in the largest rally Thailand has seen in years, uniting against what they call the “Thaksin regime.”

 

The incursions into the finance and foreign ministries were the boldest acts yet in opposition-led protests that started last month. They highlighted the movement’s new strategy of paralyzing the government by forcing civil servants to stop working.

 

The opposition Democrat Party, which is spearheading the protests and has lost to Thaksin- backed parties in every election since 2001, also plans to challenge the government Tuesday with a parliamentary no-confidence debate despite the fact they are not so sure whether they will not..

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