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Political Clashes in Bangkok

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Over the past several weeks political tensions have resurfaced in Thailand leading to large demonstrations in Bangkok. Protesters have occupied government buildings and, while these events have been largely peaceful, there have been clashes between pro and anti-government groups and at least five people have died. Thailand’s Prime Minister has responded by dissolving parliament and calling for new elections to be held early next year.


"It’s a very complex situation and the deep differences have proved impossible to reconcile politically"
This long-running political unrest began in 2006 when a coup ousted then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. He still holds enormous influence in the country however, and his allies have won every general election since then – including the latest which saw his younger sister voted into the Prime Minister’s seat.

Both sides in this conflict accuse the other of corruption and of abusing the democratic rights of the Thai people. It’s a very complex situation and the deep differences have proved impossible to reconcile politically.

RMM’s team in Bangkok is keeping an eye on the situation, but report that they feel very safe. Joe and Lynn write “Strangely enough, life goes on. We feel very safe and have seen very little of it because it is in specific locations around the city…In the neighborhoods, life happens as usual. Pray my friends [including some of the protesters] stay safe and God’s best for Thailand.”