was a period of political instability in Thailand. Anti-government protests took place between November 2013 and May 2014, organised by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), a political pressure group led by former Democrat Party MP Suthep Thaugsuban.
The protests eventually resulted in the removal of incumbent Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a coup d’état, and the establishment of a military junta. The primary aim of the protests was the removal of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s influence on Thai politics and the creation of an unelected “people’s council” to oversee reforms of the political system. Protesters viewed Thaksin as corrupt and damaging to Thailand’s democracy, although he enjoyed strong support in many areas of Thailand, particularly the poorer north and northeast, due to his reforming social programs and economic policies. Political parties allied to Thaksin had won a majority in every election since 2001.
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