Timeline

  1. 2005: Protests by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) begin against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was accused of widespread corruption and abuse of power.
  2. Sept., 2006: Sustained anti-Thaksin demonstrations culminate in a bloodless military coup.
  3. Dec., 2007: The military relinquishes power with a general election. The People’s Power Party, which supports Thaksin, wins the vote, selecting Samak Sundaravej prime minister.
  4. Sept., 2008: the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), an anti-Thaksin group, begins their occupation of a government compound, pressing for Samak’s resignation. The PAD claims that Samak is merely a proxy for Thaksin. Samak is found guilty of receiving payment for hosting a TV cooking show while office. Samak resigns. Somchai Wongsawat — Thaksin’s brother-in-law — becomes prime minister.
  5. November 2008: the PAD invades and causes the closure of Bangkok’s international airport. The PAD argues that Thaksin’s influence had not been removed from Thai politics. In December 2008, Thailand’s Constitutional Court finds Somchai’s polical party guilty of voter fraud. Somchai resigns and the PAD withdraws from the airport.
  6. Dec., 2008: The PAD-backed Abhisit Vejjajiva is appointed prime minister. Despite his ouster, Thaksin remains popular among many Thais for his populist policies.
  7. April, 2009: tens of thousands of red-shirt protesters protest at Bangkok’s Government House, demanding Abhisit’s resignation. An ASEAN meeting in Pattaya is abruptly cancelled when red shirt protesters storm the venue. Red-shirt protesters then riot and clash with military troops in the streets of Bangkok.
  8. March and April, 2010: red shirt protests occupy sections of Bangkok, rally for one month, and clash with troops.
  9. May 19, 2010: The Thai army disperses the red shirt protesters, bringing the protracted demonstrations to an end. Throughout the protests, more than 90 people are killed and thousands injured.

This page last updated June 7, 2011.

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