Debating the Crisis in Thailand: Grassroots or Fascists? + Thai Protest Crushed

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Democracy Now!
May 18, 2010

Debating the Crisis in Thailand: Is Red Shirt Movement a Genuine Grassroots Struggle, or Front for Ousted Ex-PM, Billionaire Tycoon?

In Thailand, the government has rejected an offer by anti-government protesters to enter talks after a bloody week in Bangkok that has left at least thirty-eight protesters dead. Some fear the standoff could lead to an undeclared civil war. The protesters are mostly rural and urban poor who are part of a group called the UDD, the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, more commonly known as the Red Shirts. We host a debate between Giles Ji Ungpakorn, a Thai dissident living in exile in Britain who supports the Red Shirt movement; and Philip Cunningham, a freelance journalist who has covered Asia for over twenty years. [includes rush transcript]

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Bangkok burns as Thai protest heats up + Protesters brace for Thai military crackdown

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May 16, 2010 — Red shirts continue to stand their ground at their protest camp in central Bangkok, openly defying a warning of a possible military crackdown despite clashes that have killed dozens in just four days.

Al Jazeera’s Tony Birtley reports. (May 17, 2010)

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Violence flares in Thai capital

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AlJazeeraEnglish

April 10, 2010 — Clashes have turned increasingly violent between anti-government protesters and troops in Thailand

The soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets on Saturday at the so-called red-shirts, who want parliament immediately dissolved and fresh elections called.

Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok.

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