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Thailand Riots



Thailand Riots

The year 2010 has been a very trying one for the Thailand government and its residents because of a long-drawn-out series of riots that had spread throughout the country.

The riots started from Thailand’s main city, Bangkok, and spread to the rest of the country in March of 2010 and lasted throughout May of the same year.


These Thailand riots stemmed from political protests organized by the popular “Red Shirts” group, or formally called the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD).

The roots of these anti-government group protests can be traced as far back as the year 2005 during the term of Prime Minester Thaksin Shinawatra.


The People’s Alliance for Democracy, or PAD, supporters were protesting against then Prime Minister Shinawatra’s government, the Thai Rak Thai, or TRT, party.


Thailand Riots

This group is composed of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s followers, known as the “yellow shirts” for using his highness’ royal color yellow.

They are the groups opposing the prime minister’s followers, or the Red Shirts.


These two political groups have been fighting for their respective leader’s seat in the government.


The political crisis dragged on and continued until the conflict of 2008’s political leaders:


Somchai Wongsawat’s People’s Alliance for Democracy or PAD and Samak Sundaravej’s People’s Power Party or PPP.


The conflict got even worse when it later stemmed to clashes between the National United Front of Democracy and Abhisit Vejjajiva’s Democrat Party.


In 2010, these political disagreements reached the peak when the protests became violent riots and resulted to numerous injuries and even death of protesters, soldiers and civilians.


The series of Thailand riots in 2010 is considered to be the largest and most violent in Thailand history.

April 2010 was called “Cruel April” by media people when casualty reports reached 24 deaths and over 800 injuries. The casualties include death of five soldiers and one Japanese national journalist.


The violence continued until May 2010 and resulted to more injuries and death, earning the month’s name as “Savage May”.


On May 18, 2010, a total of 41 deaths and 250 injuries were reported. Another foreign journalist, an Italian this time, was again included in the list of fatal casualties.

Riots in Thailand

Several provinces in the northeastern part of the country were declared to be in a state of emergency and a curfew was set to limit civilian casualties. The government even went as far as giving troops the authority to shoot on sight anyone who would incite trouble.



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