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No-Confidence Debate Focuses on Pandemic

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai lawmakers on Tuesday began a no-confidence debate targeting Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and five of his Cabinet members, with the opposition focusing on charges the government bungled its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A file photo of former PM Yingluck Shinawatra.

Court Overturns Order to Fine Yingluck 35.7 Billion Baht Over Failed Rice Scheme

BANGKOK — The Administrative Court on Friday repealed the military government’s order to fine former PM Yingluck Shinawatra for 35 billion baht over her loss-ridden rice subsidy program.
A riot police fires rubber bullets at anti-government demonstrators on Feb. 28, 2021.

Watchdogs Unsettled by Police Firing ‘Rubber Bullets’ on Protesters

BANGKOK — Human rights groups on Tuesday said the riot police’s use of rubber baton rounds during Sunday’s crackdown on protesters was disproportionate.

‘Mysterious Men’ at Protest Identified as Police and Soldiers

BANGKOK — Police on Tuesday admitted that a group of unidentified men in plain-cloth who were present during clashes between riot police and protesters earlier this week belonged to the armed forces.
A riot police fires rubber bullet at anti-government demonstrators in front of the 1st Infantry Regiment army base on Feb. 28, 2021.

Activists Weigh on ‘Leaderless’ Protest Tactic After Night of Chaos

BANGKOK — Pro-democracy campaigners on Monday are forced to reassess the strategy of holding street protests without clear leadership, a day after the rally close to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s residence ended in violence.

Suthep, 3 Ministers Found Guilty of Sedition Against Yingluck Gov’t

BANGKOK — A court on Wednesday convicted former Democrat Party executive Suthep Thaugsuban and five others on charges of insurrection for their roles in street protests against the elected government back in 2013 and 2014.

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.

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.

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