Has it really been a year?

Posts here at TopicThailand.com have been few and far between nonexistent since just before the May 19 army crackdown brought the protracted red shirt protests to an end. But the site lives on. And I have plans for future postings.

I recently updated the summary, timeline, who’s who, and resources pages. I’ll continue to add to the site as time allows. TopicThailand is very much a work in progress, and I welcome feedback. You can email me at newley AT gmail.com My goal for the site remains to provide context and explanation for what is a very complex situation.

In the meantime, thanks for reading. Next up: Thailand looks ahead to general elections on July 3. Stay tuned…

Following the red shirt protests on Google Maps

Here’s a Google Map of red shirt protest sites. The map (embedded below) also includes the locations of various clashes and blasts that have occurred here in Bangkok over the past weeks.

I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the points or the descriptions of the various incidents, but the map is helpful in gauging the scale of the space red shirts have occupied.


View Bangkok Dangerous – Red Shirts Rally March-April 2010 in a larger map

Source: Richard Barrow.

Red shirt protest update: clashes with troops; hospital invasion

Updates to TopicThailand today:

Added the following to the News Reports and Analysis section of the Resources page:

Map of red shirt protest zones

Map of red shirt protests in Bangkok

Above is a map of red shirt protest zones here in Bangkok. It appears to be accurate as of April 25.

The map shows the areas currently occupied by protesters, and includes details about roadblocks. It also shows the location of the state in the Rajaprasong intersection.

You can find a bigger version here, or by clicking on the image above.

Image source unknown; found via @farangone.

Explosions in Silom

Updates to TopicThailand today:

Added the following to the News Reports and Analysis section of the Resources page:

Added the following to the Wikipedia pages section of the Resources page

Added the following under a new section, Thailand Twitter lists, on the Resources page.

A look at Thai constitutions since 1932

The chart below shows how Thailand’s various constitutions have alternated between largely elected legislatures and absolute executives.

Many red shirt protesters say they want to eliminate the current constitution, which was put in place in 2006 by a military-led government following the bloodless coup that overthrew then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Critics say the current constitution should be replaced with the previously-adopted 1997 constitution.

Here’s a look at how those documents — and other constitutions in Thailand since 1932 — differ:

Evolution of Thai constitutions: 1932-2006

This chart has been added to the Wikipedia Pages section of the Resources page.

Source: “Constitutions of Thailand (1932-2006), by balance of power between legislature and executive,” by Patiwat Panurach. From the Wikipedia entry for Constitution of Thailand.

Return of the yellow shirts?

Updates to TopicThailand today:

Added the following to the News Reports and Analysis section of the Resources page:

Added the following to the Books About Thai Politics and Society page:

New resources added

Updates to TopicThailand today:

  • News report: Added “Thai Violence Hits Occupancy In Bangkok Hotels” [Reuters/NYT, April 15, 2010] to the resources section
  • News report: Added “Where Are Thailand’s Red Shirt Protests Headed?” [The Atlantic, April 14, 2010] to the resources section
  • TV news report: Added “Inside Story: Thailand on Edge” [Al Jazeera English, April 13, 2010 ] to the resources section
  • Blogs/Web sites about Thailand and Thai Politics: Added 2Bangkok.com to the resources section
  • Also, note that you can now follow TopicThailand on Twitter for new posts and news links.