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Strange alliances in Thailand’s ruling class

09 December 2008
The Thai ruling class is seriously split. The royalist People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) is set against supporters of the government and populist leader Thaksin Shinawatra.

Democracy crisis shakes Thailand

02 December 2008
As Socialist Worker went to press the two airports in Thailand’s capital Bangkok were still closed – occupied by thugs from the misnamed People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD).

A second “coup for the rich” in Thailand

02 December 2008
Today Thailand’s constitutional courts dissolved a democratically elected governing party for the second time, forcing the government to resign.

A briefing on the continuing crisis in Thailand

03 September 2008
For the past two or more years – and especially since the September 2006 coup – Thai society has been hypnotised into forgetting about its real social and political issues. Instead, the whole of society – and, most tragically, the social movements – have been entranced by a fight between two factions of the Thai ruling class.

Thai university attempts to victimise anti-coup professor

02 July 2007
Authorities at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand are attempting to victimise anti-military junta academic Giles Ji Ungpakorn, Associate Professor of Political Science.

Resisting the Thai military’s assault on democracy

30 September 2006
A military junta in Thailand staged a coup and overthrew the democratically elected prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on the evening of Tuesday 19 September.

After coup dictatorship rules Thailand

23 September 2006
Last night the military staged a coup against the elected, but controversial, government of Thaksin Shinawatra. In the tradition of all Thai military coups for the last 60 years, the dictatorship claimed to have staged the coup in order to "reform politics" and "protect democracy". They said they had "no interest in taking personal power" and would be "returning power to the people as soon as possible". And in the tradition of many previous coups they later sought and received support from the monarchy.

Statement against the coup in Thailand

23 September 2006
A group of people under the name of the "Administrative Reform Council (ARC) under the Democratic System" have staged a coup d'etat and removed power from a government elected under the constitution that was drafted by the people. Abolishing the constitution, harassing the media, and putting an end to the independent agencies are acts regarded as abolishing the system of parliamentary democracy. This act will lead to the same outcome as previous coups that had happened in Thai society.

Thailand: background to the coup

23 September 2006
On the evening of 19 September a military junta calling itself "The reform committee in the democratic system with a monarchy as head of state" staged a coup and overthrew the democratically elected, but controversial, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Sakchai Makao victory

15 July 2006
Campaigners were celebrating last week when Sakchai Makao (left) won the right to stay in the Shetland Islands. Sakchai, pictured with his former head teacher Joe Irvine, was threatened with deportation to Thailand. Over 9,000 people signed a petition to support Sakchai.


01 July 2006

Sakchai Makao: community fights against deportation

24 June 2006
Campaigners in Shetland have said they are "cautiously optimistic" with regards to the bail hearing of a young Shetland man of Thai origin who is threatened with deportation.

Deportation threat for Shetland man, Sakchai Makao

17 June 2006
Uthai’s mobile phone rang. She looked at it anxiously, crying out, "It’s him! It’s him!" It was her brother Sakchai Makao. This was the first time he had called since his arrest.

New Myths of the East End

08 April 2006
Read our new monthly supplement SR, with this issue, with a lead article by Chris Jones on New Myths of the East End, an interview with Us author Studs Terkel and Third World Reports on Mali, Thailand, Iraq and Latin AMerica

‘War and trade are still key issues for the movement’

22 January 2005
IN THE past year, the movement against war and corporate globalisation has continued to grow, especially at the national level, where movements are directly defending workers’ and farmers’ livelihoods by reclaiming land and campaigning against privatisation and trade liberalisation. In many parts of the world, from Bolivia to Thailand, social movements have successfully pressed their governments to reconsider or change economic policies.

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