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Thais Protest Against ‘Installed’ Rulers

From those champions of democracy at Al Jazeera:

Thais rally against army rule

June 10, 2007

Several thousand opponents of Thailand’s military-installed government have marched through Bangkok’s streets to army headquarters, in their most defiant protest yet against the regime that came to power after a coup d’etat last year.

Banners read: “The Coup. Get Out!” while some protesters wore T-shirts emblazoned with the face of Thaksin Shinawatra , who was removed by the military in September 2006.

Police officers formed two large human barricades to prevent protesters reaching the army building, but each barricade was peacefully dispersed following negotiations between officers and rally organisers.

As they marched towards the headquarters, the crowd shouted: “Thaksin come back! The CNS Get Out!” referring to the junta, which calls itself the Council for National Security (CNS).

Earlier on Saturday, army commander General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, who led last year’s coup, said the situation remained under control…

In May, Thailand’s Constitutional Tribunal dissolved Thaksin’s Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party and barred Thaksin and 110 senior party leaders from politics for five years due to election law violations.

The judges at the tribunal were appointed by the military. The same court cleared the Democrat Party, TRT’s main political rival, of similar vote fraud charges.

The junta has justified the coup by saying Thaksin was corrupt and it would probe alleged graft during his five years in office. 

Gee, it seems like only yesterday our watchdog media was telling us how much the Thais loved their new self-appointed military dictators.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 10th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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