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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Yingluck Shinawatra
Military checkpoints set up in Thailand's capital to keep security during the country's political unrest are getting a makeover in a bid to project a kinder, gentler image, the army said Friday.
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.
Two men have been injured by a small explosion at an anti-government protest site in Bangkok.
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.
As a state of emergency came into effect Wednesday in the Thai capital, defiant protesters marched on government offices and defaced the wall outside of national police headquarters, while a prominent government supporter in the country's northeast was the target of a shooting attack.
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.
Sixties doo-wop singer Frankie Valli has canceled a concert in Bangkok this week because of Thailand's political unrest, the event's promoter announced Monday.
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.
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:
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 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.
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 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.
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.