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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Yingluck Shinawatra
Hundreds of riot police attempted to clear out anti-government protest sites around Thailand's capital on Tuesday, triggering clashes that left four people dead and 64 others injured.
An eruption of gunfire and explosions killed four people and injured at least 64 Tuesday, when hundreds of riot police tried to remove protesters' barricades from the capital's streets — pushing the death toll to 14 in clashes that have hobbled downtown Bangkok since November.
Several hundred anti-government protesters on Tuesday laid siege to a meeting of Thailand's prime minister with the country's polling body to discuss the possibility of postponing a general election set for this weekend. Two people were injured, one with a gunshot wound, as violence broke out on the fringes of the crowd.
Thailand's government on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas to cope with protests that have stirred up violent attacks, adding to the country's monthslong sense of crisis.
From inside her "war room" in a temporary office at the Defense Ministry, Thailand's beleaguered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is watching television feeds of flag-waving protesters trying to bring down her government.
Gunshots rang out in the heart of Thailand's capital overnight in an apparent attack on anti-government protesters early Wednesday that wounded at least two people and ratcheted up tensions in Thailand's deepening political crisis.
Anti-government protesters in Thailand are blocking key intersections in the heart of Bangkok to pressure the prime minister to quit and bring the government to a standstill. Here are some questions and answers about the latest round of political unrest:
Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators aiming to "shut down" Bangkok blocked major thoroughfares into the center of Thailand's capital Monday, while Thai authorities did little to stop the campaign to topple the elected government and replace it with a panel of appointed technocrats.
Anti-government protesters aiming to shut down central Bangkok took over key intersections Monday, halting much of the traffic into the Thai capital's main business district as part of a months-long campaign to overthrow the democratically elected prime minister.
Anti-government protesters took over key intersections in Thailand's capital Monday, halting much of the traffic into Bangkok's central business district as part of a months-long campaign to thwart elections and overthrow the democratically elected prime minister.
BANGKOK (AP) — Anti-government protesters are planning to shut down Thailand's capital on Monday by blocking traffic at key intersections, providing a fitting metaphor for the country's politics: no way forward, no backing out.
Thailand's election commission on Thursday urged the government to delay upcoming polls as clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters killed a police officer and injured nearly 100 people, adding to political turmoil threatening to tear apart the country.
Anti-government protesters determined to unseat Thailand's prime minister surrounded a Bangkok sports stadium in an unsuccessful attempt to physically block political parties from registering for a February election.
Desperate to defuse Thailand's deepening political crisis, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday said she is dissolving the lower house of Parliament and called for early elections. But the moves did nothing to stem a growing tide of more than 150,000 protesters vowing to overthrow her in one of the nation's largest demonstrations in years.
Thailand's main opposition party resigned from Parliament on Sunday to protest what it called "the illegitimacy" of an elected government with which it no longer can work. The move deepens the country's latest political crisis one day before new street demonstrations that many fear could turn violent.
In opening remarks to the commission witnessed by reporters, Yingluck told the election commissioners that in 66 out of the country's 76 provinces, the election could proceed, so that postponing the vote could be an option with the remaining areas.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the government, through a newly established Center for Maintaining Peace and Order, "will take care of the situation according to international practices, which is something we have always said.