Sunday, February 23, 2014

Thailand (Asia's Ukraine): Crisis in Bangkok

Ashley Wells, Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly;;
Ukrainian protesters resist brutal attacks and killing by pro-government police and military turning the tables on aggressors and oppressors (facebook/

Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of ousted billionaire ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra (now in self-imposed exile to avoid prosecution). Revolutionary Red Shirts, in spite of conservative Yellow Shirts, demand her ouster and want people's rule after years of political turmoil.

Thai police go on the offensive against protracted anti-gov't protests in Bangkok (BBC)
Thai protesters resist police (
A [grenade] explosion has killed two people and wounded more than 20 others near an anti-government protest rally in the Thai capital of Bangkok. A boy aged 12 and a 40-year-old woman died in the attack near the Central World shopping mall, officials said. The BBC's Jonathan Head reports from Bangkok.

Police attack protesters, Feb. 17, 2014
[One remarkable thing is that, just as in neighboring Burma's "Saffron Revolution" and other uprisings, Theravada Buddhist monks and novices participate in protests and demonstrations against the corrupt governments and military rule. Sadly, young soldiers indoctrinated into the military-industrial complex of their nations do not shrink back from attacking and even killing monastics when ordered to do so by military and police commanders. But so important is the struggle for freedom and justice that monastics continue to participate.] More + VIDEO
Ex-Ukrainian PM and opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko liberated from jail.
Ukraine: Interim leader Turchynov stresses "European choice" 
Interim Pres. Turchynov (until Putin reacts)
Ukraine's new interim President Oleksandr Turchynov has said the country will focus on closer integration with the EU [rather than Putin's Russia]. Mr. Turchynov was appointed following the dismissal of [traitorous] President Viktor Yanukovych by MPs yesterday. [Pressured by Putin] Mr. Yanukovych's rejection of an EU-Ukraine trade pact triggered the protests that toppled him. 

Mourning protesters killed by police
Russia, which had backed Mr. Yanukovych, has recalled its ambassador to Ukraine for consultations. Earlier Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the opposition "had in effect seized power in [the capital of] Kiev, refused to disarm, and continued to place its bets on violence." The US [and a meddling Senator McCain] has said parliament's actions were legitimate and has warned Russia against military intervention. 
Ukrainians in camouflage and jeans beat brutal policeman who was trying to kill protesters.

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