Anti-Government Protests in Bangkok

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05 Dec 2013 09:00

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of the Thai capital since the
beginning of November. A draft amnesty bill discussed by the Parliament last 4th of November was the trigger of the onset of protests. The so-called reconciliation bill was aimed to grant amnesty to people guilty of political crimes during Thailand’s political turmoil (2005-2010), giving pardon almost to anyone facing charges arising during that time.

The Democrat Party, main opposition and leader of the protests, believed that the bill was aimed to allow Mr Thaksin to return to Thailand without having to serve a jail sentence. The former premier, in self-imposed exile since his conviction on corruption charges , was ousted in a coup in 2006. Mr Thaksin, the prime minister’s elder brother, is one of the most polarizing figures in Thailand.

Even though the controversial amnesty bill has been rejected by thailand’s Senate, the anti-government protesters, led by a former opposition Democratic Party lawmaker, remain in the streets. Now protesters want the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down. Initially protests were taking place peacefully, with crowds blowing whistles as a distinctive. Lately, protests turned violent with clashes against police and between both groups: anti-government protesters and red-shirts.

After two years of relative peace, Thailand face again a political and social crisis. A social rupture with an uncertain outcome.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 1
Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
08 Dec 2013

Anti-government Rally leader Suthep Thuagsuban waving to supporters as he marches to Government House. The former Democrat MP urged people to leave their residences onto the city streets and head for the Government House. He asked civil servants to go on strike and join the peoples massive demonstrations despite a reported attempt by the government to block them. Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 2
Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
08 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters waiting for the results of the agreement of ceasefire with police officers at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 3
Bangkok ,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
02 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters covering themselves with doors from police cannons water, rubber bullets and tear-gas during their attempts at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 4
Bangkok ,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
30 Nov 2013

A lone anti-government protester stands in front of the barricades at Chamai Maruchet Bridge near Government House. In the background, "Failed State" is graffitied. Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 5
Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
30 Nov 2013

Anti-government protesters at Siam area, Bangkok. Led by Suthep Thaugsuban, former opposition Democratic Party lawmaker, they want the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down. Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 6
Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters covering themselves with doors from police cannons water, rubber bullets and tear-gas during their attempts at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters covering themselves with doors from police cannons water, rubber bullets and tear-gas during their attempts at storming at Metropolitan Police. Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 8
Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
02 Dec 2013

A monkey carries a thai flag at Democracy Monument. Intensifying protests in Thailand's capital stopped Tuesday as police took down barricades and allowed protesters onto the grounds of Government House and other fortified compounds. Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 9
Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
03 Dec 2013

Group of police off guard. After successful negotiations between the demonstrators' core leaders and the police, protesters were allowed to enter the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) grounds on Sri Ayutthaya road. Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 10
Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

Anti-government protester gain confidence and march towards the barricades while police fire water cannons at Chamai Maruchet Bridge near Government House. Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 11
Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

Police hurled tear-gas canisters at a crowd of anti-government protesters approaching at Chamai Maruchet Bridge near Government House. Some anti-government protesters has been hit by tear-gas. Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 12
Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2012

An injured protester is carried by fellow demonstrators during clashes with police at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

One anti-government protester crouches behind the barrier and directed a fire extinguisher towards police at Chamai Maruchet Bridge near Government House. Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 14
Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
02 Dec 2013

An anti-government protester covering himself with a shield from police cannons water, rubber bullets and tear-gas during their attempts at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 15
Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
03 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters gather in the compound of Government House in Bangkok. Anti-government protesters swarmed into the Thai prime minister's office compound Tuesday as police stood by and watched, allowing them to claim a symbolic victory after three days of bitter clashes. Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 16
Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
02 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters covering themselves with doors from police cannons water, rubber bullets and tear-gas during their attempts at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 17
Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
30 Nov 2013

Anti-government protesters approaches police barricades while are being soaked by water cannons with purple colorant at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 18
Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters uses cannon water during their attempt at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 19
Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
29 Nov 2013

An throws a brick A bus carrying around 30 red shirts to rally at Rajmangla Stadium is smash by anti-government protesters at Ramkhamhaeng University. 3 injured in bus attack has been reported. Other anti government protesters try to stop the mob from the attack. Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.

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Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
29 Nov 2013

Police make barricades at Rajmangla Stadium, where red shirts were holding a gathering. Hundred meters from the Stadium, at Ramkhamhaeng University, anti government protesters, mostly students, were holding another gathering. Protests turned violent during the day in fights between both groups. Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 21
Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
30 Nov 2013

Anti-government protesters throws a tear-gas can at the police line during their attempts at storming the barricades at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 22
Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
30 Nov 2013

Anti-government protester cover his face due tear-gas cans at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 23
Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
02 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters gather in the compound of Government House in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 24
Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
02 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters during a break of their attempts at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 25
Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
30 Nov 2013

One anti-government protester challenges police at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Recently, several violent incidents have marred the protests. Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 26
Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
30 Nov 2013

Anti-government protesters at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Violent clashes between protesters and police are expected to occur throughout the day. Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

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Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2012

One anti-government protesters throw rocks at line police at Chamai Maruchet Bridge near Government House. Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 2
Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
30 Nov 2013

Anti-government protesters cover their faces with masks in order to repel police tear-gas at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Violent clashes between protesters and police are expected to occur throughout the day. Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

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Bangkok , Thailand.
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

One anti-government protester uses a slingshot during his attempt at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
09 Dec 2013

An estimated 200,000 anti-government protesters march to Government House. Rally leader Suthep Thuagsuban urged people to leave their residences onto the city streets and head for the Government House. He asked civil servants to go on strike and join the peoples massive demonstrations despite a reported attempt by the government to block them. Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.

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Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
08 Dec 2013

Anti-government protester at Government House. Rally leader Suthep Thuagsuban has called on protesters nationwide to march on government agencies tomorrow to "take people's power back" from what he says is the "Thaksin regime" , a reference to the continued political influence of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Prime Minister Yingluck's brother.. Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 32
Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
08 Dec 2013

Military inside Government House. Rally leader Suthep Thuagsuban asked civil servants to go on strike and join the peoples massive demonstrations despite a reported attempt by the government to block them. Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.