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In brief: Thailand clashes over premier ouster

Sun., May 11, 2014

Bangkok – Supporters of Thailand’s embattled government warned the country’s judiciary and senators against any attempt to install an unelected prime minister, saying it would be a disaster for the nation that could spark civil war.

Jatuporn Prompan, who heads the pro-government Red Shirt movement, made the comment during a rally Saturday on the western edge of Bangkok that was held three days after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was ousted in a controversial ruling by the Constitutional Court.

Punctuating the warning of violence, unknown assailants fired two grenades late Saturday at the prime minister’s office compound, where pro-government protesters were camped.

39 injured during incinerator protest

Beijing – A protest in eastern China over a plan to build a waste incinerator turned violent with state media reporting at least 10 demonstrators and 29 police injured in clashes.

State-run Xinhua News Agency said 30 vehicles were overturned as protesters on Saturday set two police cars on fire and blocked a highway linking Hanzhou with another city. One protester and a policeman have been reported seriously injured.

Environmental protests have been on the rise in China, with the public becoming increasingly critical of pollution and health hazards from industry.

Such concerns resonate well among Chinese, but also pose a serious political challenge to the ruling Communist Party.


 

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