By Molly Reiner
April 3, 2014
Recent months have brought continuous political unrest in Thailand where anti-government protesters have taken to the streets to protest various acts of corruption. The ruling party, headed by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, has come under much scrutiny for nepotism and the perceived mishandling of funds. Accusations include movements to bring Shinawatra’s brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, back to Thailand with impunity, despite being ousted in a 2006 coup for various counts of corruption. A governmental decision to grant the brother amnesty highlights worries. Citizens are concerned that the current government is acting with the same corrupt intentions as the last, and such suspicion has fueled the protests in recent weeks.