On a day in which a police Sergeant Major was shot dead and scores of
protesters were injured, troubles in Thailand threatened to escalate after the government
refused to call off a troublesome election.
recently forced to dissolve parliament due to massive protests in the capital,
rejected a call by the Election Commission to call of an election on February 2nd.
Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the anti-government protesters.
like to send a message through to the
government, to all sides in conflict, and people in all sectors, that the Feb
2, 2014 election will not happen without a joint agreement.
postpone the election until such an agreement has been reached. The EC is ready
to act as a mediator to find a joint settlement”.
the EC would consider exercising the rights of individual commissioners to make
a decision to resolve the situation as deemed appropriate, the statement added.
But he was later quoted in a later story in the Bangkok Post said the EC was duty bound to organise the Feb 2nd election.
Rattanapien, said the EC’s statement was unanimous.
would not be able to hold a clean and fair election in a situation plagued with
election could not be cancelled. “It would go ahead no matter what happened.”
|Police among their own teargas move to confront kinifeman (at rear)|
Protesters claim the Thai Government is actually being run by her elder brother
Thaksin Shinawatra from Dubai. Her party the Pheu Thai party had attempted to
railroad a bill through parliament which would grant Amnesty to Thaksin, who
had been convicted of corruption, allowing him to return in a hands-on
government, they insist, has corruptly plundered the country.
|Royal Thai Police Twitter pic|
Several EC members had to be evacuated helicopter from the
Japanese-Thai Sports Complex in central Bangkok earlier today when violence
began an hour after dawn.
protesters, who are accused of being undemocratic, blocked the routes for political parties to register for the
election and were then tear gassed by police.
to listen to speeches and music.
up pavement, fired catapults, and even threw back tear gas canisters, shots
rang out. One policeman went down and a protester was also seriously injured.
As is often the case in Thai demonstrations it is not clear who fired the