The 2010 Thai political protests are an ongoing series of protests against the ruling government in Thailand. The protests are the result of an ongoing political crisis and turned violent in March–April 2010.
Anger against Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's government was high throughout 2009, with regular threats of a military coup. In February 2010, Abhisit tightened security in anticipation of a controversial Supreme Court ruling. When the 26 February ruling came, protest was limited, but the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) announced it would organize a 14 March protest and call for new elections. Abhisit further tightened security in anticipation of the protest.
The 14 March protests were large and mostly peaceful. The protests went on for several weeks. Occasional bombs were set off away from the main protest location, but no one was injured. Tensions rose rapidly in early April, as protesters built barricades in the Rajaprasong commercial district of Bangkok, shutting down comerce. On 8 April, Abhisit declared a national state of emergency. On 10 April, government troops attempted to disperse the protesters, resulting in the deaths of 24 people and injuries to at least 800 others. On 22 April, a series of grenade attacks killed at least one person and injured 86 others. On April 28, Thai security forces and anti-government protesters clashed on the outskirts of Bangkok, with troops firing both over and then directly into a crowd of Red Shirts to keep them from expanding their demonstrations. At least 16 protesters were wounded and one soldier was killed.
As of May 2, twenty-seven people have been killed in the conflict and as many as 100,000 have lost their jobs and/or gone bankrupt as a result of Bangkok commerce slowing dramatically.
It wasn't too long ago that Thailand has been an Asian paradise. People was friendly and despite having its fair share of problems, it's a tourist destination for many. In fact, @jrjohnson had requested a list of this destination because an associate of his intended to celebrate and spend his 10th anniversary in this country. Now, that I believe is no longer a feasible or good idea. Last year, Thailand lost many tourists $ due to an unrest (of similar nature) for … more