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Monarchy Reform Activists Denied Bail for 3rd Time

BANGKOK — The court on Tuesday once again refused to release four activists who organized pro-democracy protests on bail, their attorney said.
In this March 9, 2016, file photo, Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra responds to questions during an interview in New York. Photo: Frank Franklin II / AP File

Thaksin Fumbles on 112, Southern Killings at ‘Clubhouse’ Debut

BANGKOK — Thousands of users flocked to the popular Clubhouse application to listen to what the self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has to say about Thai politics on Monday night.

Year of Dissent: Activists Reflect on Anniversary of Street Protests

BANGKOK — The chain of consequences that led from this day a year ago is certainly incredible in every sense of the word.
Demonstrators toss mock “Elephant Tickets” during an anti-government rally in front of the parliament on Feb. 20, 2021.

Police ‘Have No Duty’ to Explain ‘Elephant Ticket’ Scandal

BANGKOK — Police top brass remained silent Monday on the bombshell revelation by an opposition MP that police officers can advance up the ranks just by securing a letter signed by powerful figures, without having to go through the formal channels.

Gov’t Seeks to Slap MP With Royal Insult Charge For Debate Exposé

BANGKOK — A senior government official on Saturday said he will file royal defamation charges against an opposition MP who highlighted police corruption during yesterday’s censure debate.

Prayut, Cabinet Survive No-Confidence Vote (As Expected)

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha survived a no-confidence vote Saturday in parliament amid allegations that his government mismanaged the economy, bungled the provision of COVID-19 vaccines, abused human rights and fostered corruption.

‘Mob Fest’ to Hold Mock Censure Debate Outside Parliament

BANGKOK — A group of activists say they will host a carnival-themed protest outside the Parliament on Friday evening as a warmup to a major rally scheduled to take place tomorrow.
A photographer takes a photo during the clashes between anti-government protesters and police near the Grand Palace on Feb. 13, 2021.

Reporters Say Cops Blocked Them from Covering the Grand Palace Crackdown

BANGKOK — A number of reporters said Thursday they were prevented from witnessing riot police’s crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators during a protest on Saturday.

Next Rally to Stress on Nonviolence to Avoid Further Clashes

BANGKOK — Organizers of the next anti-government protest said Thursday they will only reveal its time and location tomorrow, a day before the demonstration is set to kick off.
Toon, a leader of the Doctor and Nurse Association, shows a photo of a bruise found on Purapon’s body during a news conference held at the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights office on Feb. 17, 2021.

Medic Volunteer to File Charges Against Cops Who Beat Him

BANGKOK — A volunteer health worker who was struck by riot police during clashes with anti-government protesters will take legal action against his assailants for use of excessive force, his organization said Wednesday night.

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