15 people have been killed in protests following Monday’s announcement by the government that general elections will be held at the beginning of January.
Thousands oppose the news because they want the polls overseen by a neutral caretaker government. There have been large-scale protests, and transport blockades.
Its supporters have sabotaged railway lines, set fire to buses and taxis, and prevented ferries from sailing.
Please pray for the upheaval and unrest around the country, and for God’s wisdom on its leaders.
Unfortunately, the peaceful protests in Thailand have turned ugly. The red (government supporters) and yellow (opposition) shirts clashed around Bangkok nine days after protests first began.
Previously, the groups had been in different sections of the city, but Saturday saw the reds and yellows demonstrating merely one street apart. Hundreds of protesters attacked each other with sticks, stones, and chunks of concrete.
So far, only one person has died and three have been hospitalised.
The yellow shirts’ aim is to obtain the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra – who they believe is corrupt.
Praise God there has been only one death, and pray there are no more.
On Sunday, Vietnam approved an amended constitution increasing the power and dominance of the Communist Party. Not a single vote was recorded against the charter, with 486 favourable votes and just two abstentions.
Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch commented "this is a huge missed opportunity for reform that could have brought the nation's governance into closer alignment with the international human rights standards that Vietnam says it respects in word but routinely violates in practice".
Curiously, the authorities began the year with an unprecedented call to the public for suggestions and proposals to change the constitution. Tens of thousands of suggestions were made, with one of the most popular being a demand for the abolition of ‘Article 4’ – a provision protecting the Communist Party’s power.
Pray that God’s name is lifted above all names in Vietnam, and continue to pray for those who risk their lives sharing the gospel in this land.