Sunday, February 01, 2009

SIAM WITH MALAYSIAKINI: when protest becomes a habit

Protest: ~ A solemn declaration of opinion, commonly a formal objection against some act; especially, a formal and solemn declaration, in writing, of dissent from the proceedings of a legislative body; as, the protest of lords in Parliament.

The change of government is fairly frequent and each is started with sparks of protest. The followings are news extract on protest over there. Excluded are the more sensitive ones.

January 31 2009
Wearing red shirts to show their solidarity, up to 30,000 unarmed protesters—who call themselves the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD)—demanded Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his government leave office after 15 days, and vowed to “fight” until their demands were met.

January 13 2009
Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban refused to remove Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya from his post as demanded by a Thaksin loyalist group in exchange for cancelling its planned protest during the ASEAN summit to be held in February.[click]

January 7 2009
The anti-Government protests that crippled Bangkok's two major airports toward the end of last year, are estimated to have cost Thailand US$11.5 million. A central bank report, analyzing the cost to the economy, said the political unrest had not only affected the tourism industry but also other related industries.It said the losses also affected the service industry and logistics, as well as other industries. [ click]

November 26 2008
Thai riot police march over the polished floors of Bangkok's shiny new Suvarnabhumi airport in an effort to contain anti-government protesters, whose rally forced the terminal to close. All out-bound flights were cancelled and many in-bound planes were diverted.

July 7 2008
Thousands of people marched to Thailand's national police headquarters Monday to demand faster action on long-pending legal cases against ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. [click]

May 27 2008
A RADICAL sect of Buddhist monks on Tuesday joined an anti government protest, camping out in Bangkok's historic district in a scene reminiscent of demonstrations that led to a coup two years ago. [click]

April 27 2007
The peaceful protest was held as the army-installed government comes under increasing criticism over a number of policy miscues, ... The protest movement is also beginning to create an odd coalition of allies, with some pro-democracy groups who last year demonstrated against Thaksin [ junta]

November 24 2005
More than 20000 owners of ducks and fighting cocks rallied west of Bangkok to protest the government's refusal to allow birds to be vaccinated against avian flu. [click]

The Thai government has warned that it will take tough action against violent protests after hundreds of workers clashed with police near the capital
Bangkok [click]