Twitter follows Thai protests

13 Apr

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City and Wat together - Bangkok

City and Wat together – Bangkok

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Thailand: Red shirt protesters dancing and waving Thai flag, standing on roof of police van

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Thailand: Red shirt protesters dancing and waving Thai flag, standing on roof of police van

The situation in Thailand is becoming more violent.

While the government has declared a state of emergency, protesters controlled many streets in the capital Bangkok. They had earlier commandeered public buses and forced military vehicles to halt, in one case climbing on top of two armored personnel carriers, waving flags and shouting “Democracy.”

A mob of the red-shirted protesters smashed cars carrying Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his aides on Sunday. The secretary-general of Abhisit’s office, Niphon Promphan, was dragged from the car and beaten, suffering head injuries and broken ribs.

The red-shirted demonstrators are supporters of ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who want new elections, saying Abhisit’s four-month-old government took power illegitimately. They also accuse the country’s elite — the military, judiciary and other unelected officials — of undermining democracy by interfering in politics.

The news is being reported in the mainstream media and also in social media.  One of the trending topics on Twitter was ‘red shirts‘.  Here is the live feed of tweets with this tag:

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