A new section from Prachatai English that summarizes underreported news stories from our Thai website.
Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Wednesday called for meetings with high level leaders of the armed forces, the chief of police and leaders of the private business sector in the hope of gaining more allies, while its proposal of an appointed legislative body came under heavy criticism.
After a one-day truce for the King’s birthday on December 5, when the anti-government movement and government agreed to refrain from any confrontation during the national holiday, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Friday announced that the “this demonstration must end on Monday, December 9.”
After a few hours of confrontation and teargas, the police on Tuesday suddenly decided to call off their defences and let the protesters pass through the Metropolitan Police Headquarters. The situation was suddenly and unexpectedly amicable.
After news of negotiations and signals from the premier on Monday had led to anticipation of a solution to Thailand’s crisis, it turned out that the anti-government rallies continued, with the police as the new target.
Thousands of anti-government protesters trying to break into government house are now in confrontation with the police who have used tear gas to prevent further incursions. The police have declared that they will reclaim the Ministry of Finance and the Government Complex, which the protesters have been occupying for the past three days.