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.

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.