Thailand: ‘People’s Army’ aims to overthrow government

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Red shirt protesters supporting the Shinawatra government

A new movement called “People’s Army” consisting of anti-government protesters has been formed in Thailand that wants nothing less than to overthrow the current government. The group said it will mobilise at least 30,000 people to hold a rally in Bangkok on Sunday, August 4.

“The People’s Army to Overthrow the ThaksinRegime”, as it is fully named, is a successor of the anti-government group Pitak Siam (Protect Thailand), a royalist movement known for a number of violent protests in the past. Other members are the anti-red shirt People’s Alliance for Democracy and the Thai Patriots Network, a group of right-wing neo-fascists.

It is understood that the People’s Army will wait until Thai Prime Minister Yingluck returns from a trip to Africa on August 3 and then hold a mass rally in the government district of Bangkok. Pitak Siam is led by retired admiral Chai Suwannaphap, prompting concerns that the army might get involved in the protests.

Basically, the groups want to protest against several amnesty bills that are up for discussion in parliament and, if approved, would grant amnesty to political offenders active since the September 2006 coup which unseated Thaksin Shinawatra.

Economists have warned that continued unrest in Thailand could hamper economic development and threaten investors as well as tourists at a time when the country’s fiscal status is already out of balance due to the controversial rice pledging scheme and high debts for infrastructure investments.

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Red shirt protesters supporting the Shinawatra government

A new movement called “People’s Army” consisting of anti-government protesters has been formed in Thailand that wants nothing less than to overthrow the current government. The group said it will mobilise at least 30,000 people to hold a rally in Bangkok on Sunday, August 4.

Reading Time: 1 minute

Thai unrest
Red shirt protesters supporting the Shinawatra government

A new movement called “People’s Army” consisting of anti-government protesters has been formed in Thailand that wants nothing less than to overthrow the current government. The group said it will mobilise at least 30,000 people to hold a rally in Bangkok on Sunday, August 4.

“The People’s Army to Overthrow the ThaksinRegime”, as it is fully named, is a successor of the anti-government group Pitak Siam (Protect Thailand), a royalist movement known for a number of violent protests in the past. Other members are the anti-red shirt People’s Alliance for Democracy and the Thai Patriots Network, a group of right-wing neo-fascists.

It is understood that the People’s Army will wait until Thai Prime Minister Yingluck returns from a trip to Africa on August 3 and then hold a mass rally in the government district of Bangkok. Pitak Siam is led by retired admiral Chai Suwannaphap, prompting concerns that the army might get involved in the protests.

Basically, the groups want to protest against several amnesty bills that are up for discussion in parliament and, if approved, would grant amnesty to political offenders active since the September 2006 coup which unseated Thaksin Shinawatra.

Economists have warned that continued unrest in Thailand could hamper economic development and threaten investors as well as tourists at a time when the country’s fiscal status is already out of balance due to the controversial rice pledging scheme and high debts for infrastructure investments.

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