Violence grasps international attention

Breaking News February 24, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Violence last weekend in Thailand has grasped global attention, with wide coverage by international media.

Since the anti-government demonstration started in late October, 21 have lost their lives (20 in Bangkok and 1 in Trat), aside from hundreds of the injured.
Wall Street Journal put the report on Thailand on its front page today. Headlined "Blast Kills Two Near Thai Rally", it said "drive-by shootings and bomb attacks have plagued political protests here in recent months as anti-government demonstrators step up their campagin to force the resignation of Yingluck, Thailand's elected leader."
Singapore's Straits Times also posted news analysis on its website today. "With four people including three young children killed in just two days, violence appears to have escalated as Thailand's political impasse goes further into a dead end."
An AFP report said: "The attacks, which appear to mark an escalation of unrest in nearly four months of political crisis, earned condemnation from UN chief Ban Ki-moon while Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra labelled them "terrorist acts"."

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