Thailand`s junta-leading Army Chief has dismissed allegations he plotted to seize power for years before May`s coup, issuing an apparent rebuke to the leader of the protests that crippled the former government.
Anti-government protesters in Thailand are to stage mass rallies in coming days to try to get a new prime minister installed, but their leader said if this final push in a six-month fight did not succeed, he would surrender to the authorities on May 27.
Thailand`s Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) has vowed to use police force to arrest 14 core members of the anti-government group PDRC, including protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, media reported Monday.
A senior Thai minister rejected a proposal for talks from the leader of an anti-government protest movement on Friday as demonstrators rallied at ministries to put pressure on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down.
Thailand`s anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban Thursday agreed to hold talks with caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on the condition that the talks are one-on-one and broadcast live on TV.
The crisis headquarters of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was reportedly surrounded by protesters on Wednesday, a day after five people were killed and several others injured in deadly clashes.
The embattled Thai government on Wednesday launched a crackdown against the opposition seeking to dissolve the Democrat Party as 19 top protest leaders faced arrest for violating an emergency decree during disputed snap polls, further deepening the long-running political crisis.
Thailand`s Constitutional Court said it would decide on Thursday whether to accept a case against holding February 2 election that would almost certainly extend the government`s shaky grip on power as protesters try to force it from office.
A leader of Thailand`s pro-government "red shirt" movement was shot and wounded in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday in the northeastern town of Udon Thani, in what police said appeared to be a politically motivated attack.
Over tens of thousands of protesters, who had blocked all the major roads leading to Bangkok and seized key intersections, camped out at the streets of the capital overnight and slept under mosquito nets.
The protesters say they will block seven main intersections in Bangkok, causing gridlock in a city clogged with traffic at the best of times, and they could shut off other roads as part of a prolonged siege of the city.