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The Non-Arab Spring: A ‘Cheat Sheet’ on Venezuela, Ukraine, and Thailand

Via CNN:

Here’s a cheat-sheet guide to protests in Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela:

Thailand

What are protesters’ demands?

rotesters in Bangkok have been calling for months for the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whom they allege is a puppet of her billionaire brother, the deposed, exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Who’s protesting?

Opposition to Thaksin and Yingluck is strongest among the urban elites and middle class. That’s why the demonstrations have been concentrated in Bangkok. The protesters want to replace Yingluck’s government with an unelected “people’s council” to see through electoral and political changes.

When did demonstrations start?

Protests began in November after Yingluck’s government tried to pass an amnesty bill that would have paved the way for her brother’s return to the political fray.

What’s the latest?

Deadly violence erupted in the heart of Bangkok Tuesday as anti-government protesters clashed with police, and the country’s anti-corruption commission filed charges against the Prime Minister.

[GP]: Click on the link above for information on Ukraine and Venezuela.


- Greg Pollowitz

Tags: Ukraine , Venezuela , Thailand , protests , democracy , Putin


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