Thailand’s biggest shopping mall, Central World, still smolders in downtown Bangkok on Friday after it was set ablaze earlier by protesters.
The Thai government announced that it has retaken control of the country after several weeks of bloody anti-government demonstrations that paralyzed Bangkok and created a deep political rift within Thai society.
As an eerie calm cloaked the capital, the prime minister promised an investigation into “all the events” surrounding the protests. —JCL
Al Jazeera English:
Thailand’s prime minister says there will be an investigation into “all the events” surrounding the so-called red shirt protests which paralysed Bangkok for weeks.
In a televised address on Friday morning, Abhisit Vejjajiva said the Thai government had retaken control of the country after weeks of demonstrations. A three-day curfew enforced on Thursday will, however, remain in effect through the weekend.
“We have restored order in Bangkok and the provinces of Thailand; we have been able to do this with the co-operation of government officials, volunteers, and of course the people of Thailand,” Abhisit said, days after troops stormed central Bangkok to disperse protesters, triggering violence across the capital and elsewhere in the country.