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One dead in shooting at Thai protest site

One person was shot dead on Tuesday at the site of an anti-government rally in the Thai capital Bangkok, emergency services said, in the latest in a string of violent attacks. The 40-year-old man was killed by an unknown attacker in the early hours of the morning near the rally stage in Lumpini Park, according to the city's Erawan emergency centre. He was working as a security guard for the anti-government movement, according to rally spokesman Akanat Promphan. "We don't know who was responsible," he added.

Thai political protests paused for water festival

Both antigovernment protesters and government supporters temporarily stopped their demonstrations on Sunday as the country celebrated the Songkran water festival. The antigovernment protest leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, announced the suspension of rallies from Sunday to Tuesday in order to let Thais celebrate the festival marking the traditional Thai new year. Suthep also vowed to intensify the rallies aimed at ousting caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after the festival.

Move to oust Thai PM more than just a walk in the park for protesters

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Two months ago, Piyavadee Boonmak was living comfortably at home. But she quit her job as a civil servant and now works as a volunteer cleaning toilets at Lumpini Park, the new focal point of anti-government protests in the Thai capital. Piyavadee now lives in a khaki tent in the central Bangkok park, once a haven for joggers but now a temporary home for more than 10,000 supporters of a movement that has been trying for five months to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Beleaguered Thai PM pleads for justice, fair treatment

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - With legal cases against her mounting, embattled Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pleaded on Tuesday for fair and proper treatment from the national anti-corruption commission and Thailand's Constitutional Court.

World Bank slashes Thailand economic growth forecast, citing political unrest

HONG KONG - The World Bank slashed its economic growth forecast for Thailand on Monday because of ongoing political strife that is crimping domestic demand. The Washington-based organization forecast that Thailand's economy would expand 3 per cent this year, down from 4.5 per cent growth it had forecast at the end of last year.

Thai Red Shirts vow 'final fight' to defend Yingluck

Thailand's pro-government "Red Shirt" supporters rallied for a second day Sunday, vowing to protect Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is facing a slew of legal challenges that could see her toppled within weeks. Tens of thousands of Red Shirts descended on a wide road in a Bangkok suburb in a colourful and boisterous show of support for the crisis-mired premier, who has faced months of anti-government demonstrations in the Thai capital.

Thai 'Red Shirts' rally to support embattled PM

Thousands of Thai pro-government "Red Shirts" massed Saturday in a show of support for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, warning that they would resist attempts to oust her through the courts. The rally comes as Thailand's long-running political crisis looks set to enter a new and potentially turbulent phase with the expected indictment of Yingluck -- a move likely to infuriate her supporters.

Thai 'Red Shirts' rally to support embattled PM

Thousands of Thai pro-government "Red Shirts" massed Saturday in a show of support for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, warning that they would resist attempts to oust her through the courts. More than 3,000 police and troops have been mobilised for the rally on the western outskirts of Bangkok, following months of political violence in which 24 people were killed and hundreds wounded. Thailand has been rocked by years of sometimes bloody street protests by supporters and opponents of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck's elder brother.

Supporters of Thai PM converge to counter anti-government protests

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra traveled by bus, pickup truck and train on Saturday to join a three-day rally on the outskirts of Bangkok aimed at countering months of sometimes violent anti-government protests.

Thai 'Red Shirts' rally to support embattled PM

Thousands of Thai pro-government "Red Shirts" massed Saturday in a show of support for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, warning that they would resist attempts to oust her through the courts. More than 3,000 police and troops have been mobilised for the rally on the western outskirts of Bangkok, following political violence in which 24 people have been killed and hundreds wounded in recent months. Thailand has been rocked by years of sometimes bloody street protests by supporters and opponents of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck's elder brother.
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