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Jun 20, 2008

Police, protesters face off in Thai capital

thestar - [...] One column moved up to a barricade where they faced off with a phalanx of riot police five-deep, pushing and shoving before sitting down in the middle of a road near the prime minister's office.

Thousands of police backed by water cannon and tear gas have been deployed to stop the protesters, whose four-week campaign has increased political tensions at a time of stuttering economic growth and soaring inflation.

The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), a motley collection of businessmen, academics and royalists united by their hatred of former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, say hundreds of thousands should join their "D-Day" assault on Government House.

Police expect only 14,000 demonstrators to turn up, but say they are ready to use force against the marchers, most of whom are middle-class Bangkok residents who view the government elected in December as an illegitimate Thaksin proxy.... selanjutnya.


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