Protests turned to violence today in Bangkok, leaving two dead and nearly 400 injured.
Police fired tear gas on thousands of protesters who blockaded the Thai parliament. The anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) campaigned against current Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat. The PAD contests that Wongsawat is a puppet for his brother-in-law and ousted Thai leader, Thaksin Shinawatra.
Deputy Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh resigned because of excessive police force. He led the negotiations with protesters and oversaw security of the country.
The “Voice from Thais” blog provides a chronology of the political crisis.
According to the “Musings of a Modern Guy” blog, the tension stems from a rich-poor divide.
The “Volunteering: Thailand” blog writes that both sides show no sign of backing down, posting images and pleading for peace.
In the PAD’s official blog, they provide answers to criticisms and defend their campaign.