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Special Reports takes an in-depth look into the stories that travel through Voices on Asia.  Through audio, video, and images Special Reports goes beyond the headlines and between the news ticks to deliver all sides of the important stories coming out of Asia that travel to the West with global ramifications.  Through pressing interviews, on sight photographs, and up to the minute research, Voices on Asia brings to light key news items through an East-West lens.

Protests in Thailand 2013-2014

On November 1, 2013, the Thai House of Representatives, dominated by the Pheu Thai Party, passed a bill that if passed by the Senate would grant amnesty to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin Shinawatra was Prime Minister of Thailand between 2001 and 2006, when he was removed from office during a military coup.  Following his removal from office, Shinawatra went into exile in Cambodia while the Supreme Court of Thailand found him guilty of abuse of power and threatened further criminal charges upon his return that would result in at least two years imprisonment.  The bill presented to the Senate would clear all these charges.  On November 4, 2013, peaceful demonstrations began in the nationís capital Bangkok.  Despite the billís failing in the Senate on November 11, the protests continued and turned more violent.  The protestors most recently have called for the resignation of the current Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of the former prime minister in exile.  Below is the compilation of this Special Report from Tea Talk Asia.

December 5, 2013

Update from Dr. Maorong Jiang, Director of the Asian World Center at Creighton University.

December 11, 2013

Update from Davis Florick, East-West Studies graduate student at Creighton University.

February 10, 2014

Update regarding the ongoing protests in Thailand (published Feb. 10, 2014).

Special Report Ep3 - Thailand Protests (Feb. 10, 2014) by Asian World Center

February 27, 2014

Special Report Ep4 - Thailand Protests 2014 (Feb. 27, 2014) by Asian World Center

April 25, 2014

Special Report Ep5 - Thailand Protests 2014 (April 25, 2014) by Asian World Center

May 2, 2014

Special Report Ep6 - Thailand Protests 2014 (May 2, 2014) by Asian World Center

Photos (courtesy of Maorong Jiang)

Photos taken by Dr. Maorong Jiang during his visit to Thailand in November 2013 show active protests taking place on the streets in Bangkok.