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June 12, 2007: A government order to freeze the assets (about $1.5 billion) former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra failed to help dampen support for him. Much of the money has apparently already left the country, and the government seizure simply made Thaksin more popular. Police found and disabled a bomb in the capital.

June 11, 2007: The military government now has to deal with growing unrest in the capital, from followers of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Demonstrations of over 10,000 people have been taking place recently, and it is feared that larger ones will occur, and may become violent. Meanwhile, daily bombings and gunfire continue in the south. There are not a lot of attacks, with about one bombing, and two or three instances of gunfire, a day. This includes several dead or wounded each day, including continued attacks on Buddhist teachers. This for an area containing about two million people. About a third of the victims are Moslems, as the terrorists continue to have problems maintaining support among the majority Moslem population in the south.

June 10, 2007: Islamic terrorists in the south fired on a school bus and wounded the driver and either Moslem students. The bus was going to a private high school, and the parents were seen as anti-terrorist.

June 8, 2007: The government lifted a ban on web sites supporting ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who is now banned from politics. Thaksin still appears to be very popular, having become a rallying point for those opposed to the current military government.

June 5, 2007: Rebels damaged sections of railroad tracks in the south, further disrupting service. The Islamic terrorists are trying to disrupt commerce in the south, in order to create more hostility towards the government.

June 4, 2007: In the south, rebels derailed a train, injuring sixteen.

 

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