Somchai is the brother-in-law and considered an extension of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra who was ousted in September 2006 military coup. Thaksin lives in exile in London.
The pro-royal alliance leading the protests says it wants to change the electoral system to disempower the rural poor who have supported the Somchai's ruling People Power Party.
Hundreds Injured in Thai Protests
New York Times - 28 minutes ago
By SETH MYDANS and THOMAS FULLER BANGKOK - Thailand’s political crisis worsened Tuesday when antigovernment protesters trapped lawmakers inside the Parliament building and fought running battles with the police that left one person dead and nearly 400 ...
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2 dead, 380 injured in Bangkok PRESS TV