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Timeline: Thailand’s deadly unrest

Almost 50 people have been killed and about 1,100 injured in confrontations since the start of the protests by the mostly poor and working class “Red Shirts,” many of whom support ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.


The following is a timeline of events since the Reds began demonstrating in the capital, soon after the Supreme Court confiscated 1.4 billion dollars of Thaksin’s wealth for his abuse of power.

March 14: Tens of thousands of Red Shirts rally in the capital calling for Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s government to step down, saying it is elitist and undemocratic. Abhisit and key ministers move to an army barracks.

March 28: The government and the Reds enter into talks but hit a stalemate after two days, as Abhisit refuses to meet a 15-day deadline for polls.

April 3: Tens of thousands of protesters move from Bangkok’s historic district into the city’s commercial heart, raising the stakes in the standoff.

April 7: Abhisit declares state of emergency in capital after Red Shirts storm parliament.

April 8: Authorities announce arrest warrants for protest leaders.

April 10: Troops attempt in vain to clear Red Shirts from Bangkok’s historic district, sparking clashes that leave 25 people dead and more than 800 injured in the country’s worst political violence in almost two decades.

April 12: Thailand’s election body calls for the dissolution of Abhisit’s Democrat Party over allegations of an illegal donation.

April 16: Thai commandos storm a Bangkok hotel where protest leaders are hiding, but the mission ends in failure after the suspects flee.

April 19: Thousands of security forces descend on Bangkok’s financial hub to block protesters’ plans to march there.

April 22: A series of grenade attacks leaves a Thai woman dead and around 80 people wounded in the financial district.

April 24: The government rejects the Red Shirts’ compromise offer to disperse if elections are held within three months.

April 28: Thai troops open fire on opposition protesters during a stand-off on a Bangkok highway. One soldier is killed and 18 people injured.

May 3: Abhisit offers elections on November 14 under a reconciliation roadmap.

May 4: Red leaders agree to enter the peace process but say they will not disperse until Abhisit gives a firm date for the dissolution of parliament.

May 6: Abhisit says the lower house will be dissolved in the second half of September, but does not give a specific date.

May 8: Authorities confirm two policemen were killed and 12 other people wounded in grenade blasts and a drive-by shooting targeting security forces guarding the protest camp.

May 9: Abhisit demands protesters give a “clear answer” by the next day on whether they will fully accept his peace roadmap, which envisages holding elections in mid-November.

May 10: Red Shirts vow to keep up their crippling rally until Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban surrenders to police over April’s deadly crackdown.

May 13: The army warns it will seal off the protest site as Abhisit ditches plans for early elections. Protesters clash with troops, leaving one dead and eight wounded, included a renegade general allied with the demonstrators.

May 14: Troops open fire on protesters after an army lockdown of the rally site sparks street fighting that leaves 16 people dead and almost 150 wounded.

May 15: Clashes continue for a third straight day, leaving three more dead.

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