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Thailand in Another Round of Turmoil

The proximate cause for the latest wave of protests which has swept through Bangkok since October was the ruling party's attempt to ram through legislative changes that would have benefi ted the former prime minister and deeply polarising fi gure of Thaksin Shinawatra. However, the demonstrations refl ect a deep divide in Thai society according to class, region and ideology, a divide which has developed over the past half century as growth has centred on Bangkok while the rural north and east have been left behind.

Between October and December 2013, Thailand has experienced another round of street protests. The government has dissolved parliament and scheduled a general election for 2 February 2014, but the protesters want to suspend parliament for 18 months while an appointed “people’s council” maps political reforms. This round of protests is not over yet.

October-December 2013

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