News and Analysis: Thailand
Hundreds of farmers, truckers and taxi drivers blocked roads in and around Brussels, Belgium, on the eve of a European Union summit meeting. The meeting was called on an emergency basis to address the ongoing fuel crisis that has sparked worldwide protests.
Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) stated on Nov. 18 that they do not support the U.S. sanctions against Myanmar. The pronouncement rejected in no unclear terms a U.S. Senate call from two days earlier, urging ASEAN to suspend Myanmar from the organization.
In Thailand, an elected, "populist" leader with peasant support was deposed on Sept. 19 in a military coup tied to the monarchy. This was followed by international condemnation of the restriction on basic democratic rights, and widespread media coverage of protestors defying a ban on political assembly.