The current violence is the culmination of a political strife that has been brewing ever since prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was overthrown in a military coup in September 2006. The protests looked like they had ended when Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva became the prime minister in December 2008. But in March, the pro-Thaksin group launched a new wave of protests to bring down the government. The tension has escalated in recent months as the protestors laid siege to the capital Bangkok. As security forces launched a crackdown, violence escalated, leaving many dead.
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