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Timeline of Thai unrest

( Updated: 2014-05-23 16:43



Thousands rally in Bangkok against controversial amnesty bill opponents fear would allow exiled former PM Thaksin Shinawatra to return

November 1-11

Lower house passes amnesty bill but upper house later rejects it

November 24

Up to 180,000 people join opposition protests in Bangkok

November 25-27

Opposition protesters besiege ministries to topple the government and police issue arrest warrant for rally leader Suthep Thaugsuban

November 28

PM Yingluck Shinawatra survives parliamentary no-confidence vote

November 29-December 3

Protest escalates, several are killed and more than 200 injured

December 8-9

Opposition MPs resign en masse. Yingluck calls early elections; opposition announces a boycott


January 13

Tens of thousands of protesters occupy intersections in the capital in an attempt to 'shut down' Bangkok until Yingluck quits

January 17

A grenade wounds dozens at an opposition march, the first of several blasts targeting rallies. One of the injured later dies

January 21

Government declares a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas.

February 2

Snap elections called by Yingluck in December. Opposition demonstrators block voting at 10,000 polling stations.

February 14

Thousands of riot police are deployed in Bangkok to reclaim government buildings surrounded by demonstrators

February 19

Court bans use of force against protesters


Demonstrators lift blockade of Bangkok.

State of emergency lifted in Bangkok.

Constitutional Court annuls February elections.

April 30

Government announces new elections for July 20.

May 7

Constitutional Court dismisses Yingluck and nine ministers for abuse of power

Cabinet appoints new caretaker premier Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan

May 20

The army declares martial law across the kingdom.

May 22

The army seizes power in a military coup, deposing the elected government and plunging the country once more into uncertainty. A nationwide nighttime curfew is declared.

May 23

Coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha declares himself acting PM






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