MPHS Open Book: A look at world news
December 9, 2008
On the opposite side of the world in Bangkok, Thailand, protesters claim that they are embarking on their “final battle” against the government. The protesters are the PAD (People’s Alliance for Democracy) which includes: business men, groups of royalists, and the middle class. After months of protesting outside government buildings, they took a bigger step and marched the streets and the area by Thailand’s Parliament building. Their purposeful steps eventually led them to the airport where they are occupied, stopping and stranding the thousands of tourists, causing huge economic crisis.
It all started when Thaksin Shinawatra, who was in power, had huge support with his populist policies from the many rural and poor people of the country. The old elite who is now protesting felt threatened and demands a government independent of Thaksin. Thaksin was ousted from power in 2006, but the protesters insist that he is still behind the ruling party. The conflict deeply divides the country and it will take a lot to fix the tensions running rampant through Thailand.