BANGKOK, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Arrest warrants have been announced for three Thai anti-government protesters who interfered advance voting on Jan. 26, including a People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader.
Thai Criminal Court has approved arrest warrants for PDRC leader Issara Somchai, a man known as "Little Saddam", and another man who was photographed trying to strangle a man who had tried to cast his vote on Jan. 26.
The court later on Wednesday would decide whether to arrest other 19 anti-government protest leaders, including Suthep Thaugsuban, a PDRC top leader, reported Bangkok Post on Saturday.
Protesters are advancing efforts to prevent the preparation for the Feb. 2 election by blocking the delivery of ballots to polling stations in numerous areas in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Krabi, Trang, Songkhla, Phuket and Phatthalung and Bangkok, among others.
Six people were injured during clashes between pro-government supporters, known as the red shirts, and protesters led by the PDRC outside the Lak Si district office in Bangkok late Saturday afternoon.
The Election Commission then decided to cancel voting at all 158 polling stations in Lak Si district following the failure in delivering ballots. A new election will be organized later in the district.
Thai Feb. 2 election to be held as scheduled
BANGKOK, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Thai caretaker government has decided that the Feb. 2 general election would be held as scheduled, deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana said Tuesday.
The government will be able to tackle all the problems concerning the election and to postpone it will not be the solution, Phongthep said at a press conference held following a meeting between caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Election Commission (EC) members.Full story
Thai core protest leader shot dead
BANGKOK, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Suthin Tharathin, a core leader of Thailand's anti-government protest, was shot dead on Sunday in Bang Na area in the capital Bangkok, Bangkok Post reported.
Suthin was shot in a clash with pro-government supporters while leading a rally at a polling station set up in the area for the advance voting that proceeded nationwide on Sunday for the Feb. 2 election.Full story
Thai caretaker PM urges military personnel to check voting rights
BANGKOK, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday during a meeting of Defense Council asked the top military brass to instruct military personnel to check their voting rights ahead of the upcoming Feb. 2 election.
The meeting was moved from defense ministry to Royal Thai Air Force headquarters to avoid protesters, reported the Nation newspaper. Full story
Thai advance voting disrupted by protesters
BANGKOK, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's anti-government protesters on Sunday disrupted the advance voting for the Feb. 2 election in the capital Bangkok and several southern provinces.
Because of protesters who have blocked polling stations since the wee hours of Sunday, only seven out of 50 polling stations in Bangkok remained open as of 11 a.m. local time, the Nation newspaper reported. Full story