A boisterous rally on Sunday brought up to 180,000 anti-government demonstrators to the streets of Bangkok, according to the National Security Council
Protesters in Thailand's capital entered the Finance Ministry compound on Monday Nov 25,2013 in an escalating campaign to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.Protesters say they want Yingluck to step down amid claims that her government is controlled by her older brother, ousted former leader Thaksin Shinawatra
A crowd of protesters swarmed into the compound's courtyard and then entered buildings, including the ministry itself and the Budget Bureau, in the boldest act yet of opposition-led protests that started last month.
The intrusion was one of several tense encounters on a day when protesters fanned out to 13 locations across Bangkok, snarling traffic and raising concerns of violence in Thailand's ongoing political crisis
Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, a former deputy prime minister and opposition lawmaker, urged the crowd to enter the Budget Bureau and to cut electricity and water to pressure the agency to stop financing government projects.
Anti-government protesters are marching in Bangkok for a 4th day on Wed Nov 27,2013 pledging to shut down government ministries.
The protest leader said they would surround and shut down 14 ministries, in a bid to disrupt the government.
They accuse the government of being controlled by the prime minister's brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, and want to replace it with a non-elected body
The protests are being led by former opposition Democrat Party lawmaker Suthep Thaugsuban, for whom police have issued an arrest warrant.
They began on Sunday Nov 24,2013 and so far have targeted the finance, foreign and interior ministries, among others.Sunday's estimated 100,000 protesters comprised the biggest number the capital has seen in recent years. The protesters are angered by a controversial government-backed political amnesty bill.
- Sept 2006: Army overthrows government of Thaksin Shinawatra, rewrites constitution
- Dec 2007: Pro-Thaksin People Power Party wins most votes in election
- Aug 2008: Mr Thaksin flees into self-imposed exile before end of corruption trial
- Dec 2008: Mass yellow-shirt protests paralyse Bangkok; Constitutional Court bans People Power Party; Abhisit Vejjajiva comes to power
- Mar-May 2010: Thousands of pro-Thaksin red shirts occupy parts of Bangkok; eventually cleared by army; dozens killed
- July 2011: Yingluck Shinawatra leads Pheu Thai party to general election win
- Nov 2013: Anti-government protesters begin street demonstrations
Thai PM invokes emergency law around Bangkok
Thailand's embattled premier on Monday invoked a special security law in
the capital Bangkok and nearby areas after protesters stormed key
ministries in a bid to topple the government.
government will enforce the laws it will not use force against the
people," Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said as she announced the
decision to impose the Internal Security Act in the entire capital.
"The government would like to ask people not to join illegal protests and to respect the law," she added.
Hundreds of protesters in Thailand forced their way into the army headquarters in Bangkok, on the sixth day of anti-government rallies on Friday Nov 29,2013
Anti-government protestors shout slogans and wave flags as they move towards the US embassy during a protest march in Bangkok on November 29, 2013
Defiant demonstrators have besieged key government buildings in Bangkok in the biggest street protests since mass rallies in 2010 degenerated into the kingdom's worst civil strife in decades.
The protesters -- a mix of royalists, southerners and the urban middle class sometimes numbering in their tens of thousands -- are united by their loathing of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.