12 Dec 2013
11:41 am

It took about 15 minutes for some 30 men from the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand, a faction of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, to remove the barbed wire inside the Government House after they climbed over the wall at Gate Two.

Police guarding the Government House yelled at the group telling them not to trespass on government’s premise but to no avail.

However, there was no clash between the police and the intruders.

The protesters have demanded the police to move out of the Government House because they are angry with the police for accusing the protesters of being rebels.

11 Dec 2013
7:57 pm

The above opinions were voiced at a meeting on Wednesday of permanent secretaries of all ministries and senior officials of equivalent status to discuss the current political situation and how they should perform amidst the crisis.

Three resolutions were adopted after the meeting.  Firstly, they vowed support for democratic system with the King as the head of state saying that it is the most appropriate form of governance.

Secondly, they vowed to perform their duties honestly and fairly for the good of the country as told by the King in one of his speeches on good officials.

Thirdly, they believed that the election alone will not solve the political conflict and urged all parties in the conflict to resolve their conflict through peaceful means and to search for a social contract on national reform before the election.

The social contract on national reform will be implemented after the election.


9 Dec 2013
9:57 am

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today announced the dissolution of Parliament and hold a general election for all the people to decide.

She maintained that after the House dissolution, her cabinet will also dissolve but will act as interim government under Article 181 of the Constitution to work closely with the Election Commission to hold the election.

She called on all sides involved to use the election forum as the best alternative to bring the country back to normal.

8 Dec 2013
11:09 pm

The four coalition parties namely Pheu Thai, Chart Thai Pattana, Chart Pattana and Palang Chon held a joint meeting  Sunday afternoon following the en masse resignation of the remaining 152 Democrat MPs on the same day.

The coalition parties did not discuss House dissolution, said Charupong, adding that the matter was to be handled by the government.

The Democrats’ resignation as members of the parliament will not affect the work of the government because there are still enough MPs to enable the House to function, said the Pheu Thai leader.

Charupong, also interior minister, assured that police would not use tear gas against the protesters “unless it is necessary”.

He accused the Democrat party’s of playing game for its attempt to effect  political vacuum through their mass resignation.

Regarding the mass protest on Monday, he said he is confident that the government will be able to control the situation.

5 Dec 2013
12:38 pm

The two-day Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, organised in part by the French Embassy with support from the Myanmar  government, is set to begin on Friday in Yangon.  Participants will examine a number of social and economic issues from women’s perspectives as Myanmar continues to transition from military dictatorship toward a more democratic system.

The event is expected to draw over 400 Myanmar and international participants, including high-profile leaders from government, politics, business and civil society, according to organizers.

Based in Paris and founded in 2005, the Women’s Forum is a subsidiary of PublicisGroupe, a French multinational advertising and public relations company.

Topics on the agenda in Yangon will include responsible investment, as Myanmar attempts to attract foreign investors after decades of international isolation, as well as the role of women in peace-building, while the government seeks to consolidate ceasefires and end long-running insurgencies in border states.


3 Dec 2013
3:26 pm

According to the Economic and Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the consumer confidence index dropped to 75 points in November from 76.6 in October.

But it said overall confidence in the economy during the month fell to 65 points, while confidence in job opportunities dropped to 68.2 points and people’s confidence in their future income also declined to 91.8 points.

All consumer confidence indices were down to the eighth month in a row and hit a 22-month-low.

An index below 100 points indicates low consumer confidence.

Factors eroding confidence included concerns about political turmoil, the Bank of Thailand’s and the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board’s slashing their growth projection for 2013 to only 3%, the baht depreciation, an increase in domestic retail prices of fuel, it said.

The decline in exports of 0.67%, low prices of agricultural products, high living costs, uncertainty in global economic recovery, and the problem of debt ceiling in the United States remain causes of concern for consumers, it added.

3 Dec 2013
11:30 am

The peaceful seizure came after a negotiation between the deputy governor of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA() Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang  and  the metropolitan police commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Kamronvit Thoopkrachang.

Pol Gen Aswin, a former senior police officer with outstanding performance in crime suppression, negotiated for a peaceful entry by demonstrators to avoid clashes.

But sources said that decision to allow the peaceful seizure came after arson attacks on several police prison vans and food supply trucks of the demonstrators near Government House, Metropolitan Police HQ, and Democracy Monument where large crowd of demonstrators were gathering.

The police suspected the arson attacks were the work of “third-hands” who wanted to cause misunderstanding in order to incite violence and bloodshed.

Several guns were also discovered by the police last night.

Two food supply trucks of the demonstrators were burnt near Chamai Mayuraches bridge at 9 p.m., one police prison van was burnt at Yaek Tevakam at 12.45 a.m.,  and two other police prison vans at Orathai bridge were also burnt at 1.50 a.m.

This prompted the government to tell the police to allow demonstrators to enter their HQ peacefully.

Thousands of demonstrators led by former Democrat MP Thavorn Sen-niem marched into the headquarters of the metropolitan police peacefully with no  resistance as yesterday’s clashes which left almost 100 injured, two seriously from gunshot wounds.

Concrete barriers and barbed wires around the HQ were removed to allow the demonstrators to take control.

National Police Office Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaeo admired the police for exercising their patience to deal with the demonstrators to avoid confrontation and clashes.

He said that it was the wish of the prime minister to allow anti-government demonstrators   to seize the HQ to avoid clashes that could lead to more bloodshed.

3 Dec 2013
11:04 am

Decision to allow peaceful seizure came as the police fear of bloodshed after last night and predawn arson attack on several police prison vans by unknown group of people.
At least three police prison vans were burnt. Two food supply vans of the anti-Thaksin demonstrators were also torched and burnt down by unknown men.
The arson attack prompted the police  to allow peaceful seizure for fear of more violence if clashes broke out between police and demonstrators trying to seize the police HQ. The police suspected “third hands” of trying to incite violence between the two sides.


2 Dec 2013
6:16 pm

Mrs Thongchan Onchapie’s son Banchong, 23, said his mother was walking on the road in the housing estate when she was surrounded by three Rottweiler dogs rushing out from a house.

The largest dog began the fatal attack by pressing its feet on her mother’s shoulder and fiercely bit on her chest, forcing her to fall on the ground. She fell with her head down, hitting the concrete pavement, and causing her unconsciously.

The three dogs were late chased into their home by a female owner.

His mother was then rushed to Suwanaphum hospital first and later transferred to Roi Et hospital.

She died later from the serious wound from the bite on the chest which was later infected.

He said neighbors have complained of bites by these Rottweiler dogs but the owner seemed to ignore their complaints claiming that the dogs were incited first by them.

Police were summoning the owner to hear charge for causing death to others.

2 Dec 2013
2:36 pm

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said today she was ready to resign if her resignation could persuade demonstrators to end the protests and return homes, and peace could be restored in the country.

She also said she did not know what to do on the two-day ultimatum demanded by the protest leader Suthep Thuagsuban to hand over administrative power to the people.

She said his proposed people’s council was unacceptable because there was no law to provide such formation of people’s council.

But she said she would stay open to all talks to end the differences and bring the country back to peace.