Security tightened in Thailand amid escalating tensions

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Thaksin go to hellThailand’s acting government said on May 11 that it would tighten security to prevent clashes that could arise between the two sides in the escalating political crisis and warned locals as well as tourists to stay away from protest sites for their own safety.

The announcement was broadcast on television as pro-government and anti-government protesters held competing rallies in Bangkok over the weekend. The two groups were several kilometers apart, but concerns of violence have risen following a court’s ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra last week.

Two people were injured late Saturday when unknown assailants fired two grenades at Government House, the prime minister’s office compound, where anti-government protesters were camped, said police colonel Kamthorn Auicharoen. Officials vacated the compound months ago due to the protests launched against Yingluck in November.

It was the latest in a series of grenade attacks and drive-by shootings that have left hundreds of people injured since Thailand’s political crisis escalated in November. Both sides accuse the other of orchestrating the violence.

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on May 10 called for the presidents of the Constitutional, Supreme and Administrative courts, the Election Commission chairman and the Senate speaker to work out a plan to nominate an interim government for royal endorsement under the Section 7 of the constitution. He gave them until May 12 to meet his demand otherwise the protesters “would do it themselves”.

However, they institutions are unlikely to bow to Suthep’s demands. Deputy Senate Speaker and acting Senate Speaker Surachai Liangboonlertchai, who was nominated as speaker in a vote on May 9, has called for an informal Senate meeting Monday to discuss the political impasse and the proposed July 20 elections.

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Thailand’s acting government said on May 11 that it would tighten security to prevent clashes that could arise between the two sides in the escalating political crisis and warned locals as well as tourists to stay away from protest sites for their own safety.

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Thaksin go to hellThailand’s acting government said on May 11 that it would tighten security to prevent clashes that could arise between the two sides in the escalating political crisis and warned locals as well as tourists to stay away from protest sites for their own safety.

The announcement was broadcast on television as pro-government and anti-government protesters held competing rallies in Bangkok over the weekend. The two groups were several kilometers apart, but concerns of violence have risen following a court’s ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra last week.

Two people were injured late Saturday when unknown assailants fired two grenades at Government House, the prime minister’s office compound, where anti-government protesters were camped, said police colonel Kamthorn Auicharoen. Officials vacated the compound months ago due to the protests launched against Yingluck in November.

It was the latest in a series of grenade attacks and drive-by shootings that have left hundreds of people injured since Thailand’s political crisis escalated in November. Both sides accuse the other of orchestrating the violence.

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on May 10 called for the presidents of the Constitutional, Supreme and Administrative courts, the Election Commission chairman and the Senate speaker to work out a plan to nominate an interim government for royal endorsement under the Section 7 of the constitution. He gave them until May 12 to meet his demand otherwise the protesters “would do it themselves”.

However, they institutions are unlikely to bow to Suthep’s demands. Deputy Senate Speaker and acting Senate Speaker Surachai Liangboonlertchai, who was nominated as speaker in a vote on May 9, has called for an informal Senate meeting Monday to discuss the political impasse and the proposed July 20 elections.

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