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Pro-democracy students raise a three-finger symbol of resistance salute and hold mobile phones with flashlights switched on†during a protest at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug, 14, 2020. Student activists at Thailand's most prestigious university defied a ban by college administrators to stage an anti-government rally Friday, even as a prominent protest leader was arrested elsewhere for his involvement in a previous demonstration.. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai student rallies continue despite activist's arrest

Aug. 14, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Student activists at Thailand’s most prestigious university defied a ban by college administrators and staged an anti-government rally on Friday, as a prominent protest leader was arrested elsewhere for his involvement in a previous demonstration. Up to 1,000 students gathered in a...

In this Wednesday, May 27, 2020 photo, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha wears a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus as he attends an open session at the parliament house in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand's prime minister has warned his fellow citizens that their nation has handled the health challenges of the coronavirus well, but must pull together to overcome the tremendous damage done to the economy by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai leader says unity necessary to revive virus-hit economy

Aug. 13, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister, facing growing demands from students for change, warned Thursday that the nation must pull together to overcome the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In a speech marking the appointment of a new team of financial specialists to his Cabinet,...

A police officer tries to speak to a crowd at an anti-government gathering Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand. Political tensions are rising in Thailand as pro-democracy activists vowed to step up protests against the government and police arrested some key figures in recent demonstrations. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer)

Hundreds rally against detention of Thai protest leaders

Aug. 8, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in Thailand on Saturday, after police arrested two leading anti-government protest leaders in an apparent attempt to stifle growing political unrest. Around 800 demonstrators packed a concourse near a shopping mall in central Bangkok to hear speeches...

Pro-democracy activist and human rights lawyer Arnon Nampha talks to police at a police station, Friday, Aug, 7, 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand. The government cracked down on Friday with the arrests of some high profile members of the pro-democracy movement. Among them was  Arnon, who was arrested on charges of sedition and defying an emergency decree the government instituted months ago to try to control the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai protesters threaten escalation as police make arrests

Aug. 7, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Political tensions are rising in Thailand as pro-democracy activists vowed Friday to step up protests against the government and police arrested some key figures in recent demonstrations. Protest leaders warned that they will expand their activities if the government fails to meet their...

FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends a group photo with his cabinet members at the government house in Bangkok. On Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, Prayuth reshuffled his Cabinet, with an experienced banker taking over the post of finance minister.  (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Cabinet reshuffle in Thailand installs new economic team

Aug. 6, 2020 7:52 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has reshuffled his Cabinet, with an experienced banker taking over the post of finance minister. The names of seven people appointed to eight Cabinet positions were published Thursday in the Royal Gazette, making them official. Four appointments fill...

Supporter of Thailand's monarchy lift a giant national flag during a gathering stating their concern over the country's pro-democracy movement which they feel besmirches the royal institution in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, July 30, 2020. The demonstration was held at Democracy Monument, a traditional venue for protests of all political stripes that in recent weeks has hosted several larger pro-democracy, anti-government protests organized by students. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Royalists in Thailand rally against pro-democracy protesters

Jul. 30, 2020 7:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Hardcore supporters of Thailand’s monarchy held a small rally Thursday in the capital to express their concern over the country’s pro-democracy movement, which they feel besmirches the royal institution. Their demonstration was held at Bangkok's Democracy Monument, a...

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Thai PM orders probe into dropping of Red Bull scion's case

Jul. 29, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister responded Wednesday to growing public furor by ordering a probe into the dropping of criminal charges against a Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune accused of killing a policeman in a hit-and-run accident eight years ago. The case involving...

Thai anti-government protesters gather in front of the Royal Thai Army Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, July 20, 2020. Anti-government protesters are calling for a new constitution, new elections and an end to repressive laws. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai activists follow up large protest with smaller actions

Jul. 20, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai political activists held small protests Monday outside the prime minister’s offices and an army installation, seeking to sustain momentum from a surprisingly large anti-government demonstration on Saturday. The weekend protest in Bangkok, which drew more than 2,000 people,...

Thai anti-government protesters gather front of the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Several thousand anti-government protesters have rallied in the Thai capital Bangkok to call for a new constitution, new elections and an end to repressive laws. (AP Photo/Nathathida Adireksarn)

Thousands in Bangkok rally against Thai government

Jul. 18, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Several thousand anti-government protesters rallied in Thailand's capital on Saturday to call for a new constitution, new elections and an end to repressive laws. Chanting and waving placards, the demonstrators, comprising mainly younger Thais, converged on Bangkok's iconic Democracy...

FILE - in this March 22, 2019, file photo, from left to right, Thailand's Suwit Mesinsee, Uttama Savanayana, Sontirat Sontijirawong and Kobsak Pootrakul, arrive for a campaign rally ahead of general elections in Bangkok, Thailand. Four key ministers in Cabinet announced their resignations Thursday, July 16, 2020 as a military clique within the ruling party continues to consolidate power. The most prominent member to depart was Somkid, a deputy prime minister who has been in several governments during the past 19 years and who has been overseeing recent economic stimulus packages. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

4 Thai Cabinet ministers resign after party leader shakeup

Jul. 16, 2020 5:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Four key ministers in Thailand's Cabinet announced their resignations Thursday, as a military clique within the ruling coalition's most powerful political party continues to consolidate power. The most prominent member to depart was Somkid Jatusripitak, a deputy prime minister who has been...