Gavin Gough
Editorial, Humanitarian & Travel Photographer
Political and civil unrest in Thailand

Protests in Thailand

Assignment, News

Political unrest and violent clashes

 Anti-government protesters at a street demonstration in Bangkok.  In 2010, a series of anti-government protests were organised by the "Red Shirts" (National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship). After several weeks, a military crackdown ended the demonstrations. 80 civilians and 6 soldiers lost their lives.  In 2011, the Pheu Thai Party led by Yingluck Shinawatra, won a landslide victory in a general election.  In 2013, a proposed amnesty bill which would have pardoned several convicted politicians, including former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (brother to Yingluck) triggered widespread protests which built into mass rallies in a campaign to "Shutdown Bangkok", lasting several months.  An election in February 2014 was disrupted and results were annulled. Sporadic violence resulted in 28 deaths and 800 injuries. On the 20th May, martial law was declared and the military took control of the government.  I worked on assignment for international news agencies during this period.

Anti-government protesters at a street demonstration in Bangkok.

In 2010, a series of anti-government protests were organised by the "Red Shirts" (National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship). After several weeks, a military crackdown ended the demonstrations. 80 civilians and 6 soldiers lost their lives.

In 2011, the Pheu Thai Party led by Yingluck Shinawatra, won a landslide victory in a general election.

In 2013, a proposed amnesty bill which would have pardoned several convicted politicians, including former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (brother to Yingluck) triggered widespread protests which built into mass rallies in a campaign to "Shutdown Bangkok", lasting several months.

An election in February 2014 was disrupted and results were annulled. Sporadic violence resulted in 28 deaths and 800 injuries. On the 20th May, martial law was declared and the military took control of the government.

I worked on assignment for international news agencies during this period.

 Protesters march in an anti-government street demonstration in Bangkok.

Protesters march in an anti-government street demonstration in Bangkok.

 A protester kicks a tear gas canister back towards police lines during a stand-off between anti-Government protesters and police at Government House in Bangkok.

A protester kicks a tear gas canister back towards police lines during a stand-off between anti-Government protesters and police at Government House in Bangkok.

 A protester running away from a tear gas canister during a stand-off between anti-Government protesters and police at Government House in Bangkok.

A protester running away from a tear gas canister during a stand-off between anti-Government protesters and police at Government House in Bangkok.

 A protester wearing a gas mask walking through a cloud of tear gas fired during a stand-off between anti-Government protesters and police at Government House in Bangkok.

A protester wearing a gas mask walking through a cloud of tear gas fired during a stand-off between anti-Government protesters and police at Government House in Bangkok.

 A protester dressed only in underpants sprays a fire extinguisher over barricades towards police lines during a stand-off between anti-Government protesters and police at Government House in Bangkok.

A protester dressed only in underpants sprays a fire extinguisher over barricades towards police lines during a stand-off between anti-Government protesters and police at Government House in Bangkok.

 A protester injured when police fired tear gas canisters receives treatment from medical staff during a stand-off between anti-Government protesters and police at Government House in Bangkok.

A protester injured when police fired tear gas canisters receives treatment from medical staff during a stand-off between anti-Government protesters and police at Government House in Bangkok.

 Protestors heading to a large street protest during anti-government protests in Bangkok, Thailand.

Protestors heading to a large street protest during anti-government protests in Bangkok, Thailand.

 Anti-government, United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, protesters in Bangkok

Anti-government, United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, protesters in Bangkok

 A prospective voter argues with election officials after being prevented from accessing the ballots by anti-government protesters.

A prospective voter argues with election officials after being prevented from accessing the ballots by anti-government protesters.

 Anti-government protesters overturn an ambulance following clashes between demonstrators and police.

Anti-government protesters overturn an ambulance following clashes between demonstrators and police.

 An anti-government protesters carrying a Thai flag stands on top of an overturned ambulance following clashes between demonstrators and police.

An anti-government protesters carrying a Thai flag stands on top of an overturned ambulance following clashes between demonstrators and police.

 A solitary protester left the crowd of anti-government demonstrators to stand alone and face a line of police.

A solitary protester left the crowd of anti-government demonstrators to stand alone and face a line of police.

 A prospective voter argues with police after being prevented from accessing the ballots by anti-government protesters on election day in Bangkok.

A prospective voter argues with police after being prevented from accessing the ballots by anti-government protesters on election day in Bangkok.

 Controversial Thai politician Chuwit Kamolvisit celebrating with anti-Government protesters in front of Government House in Bangkok, Thailand. Police removed barriers preventing access to the Government complex following a week of violent clashes.

Controversial Thai politician Chuwit Kamolvisit celebrating with anti-Government protesters in front of Government House in Bangkok, Thailand. Police removed barriers preventing access to the Government complex following a week of violent clashes.

 An Anti-Government protester carrying a portrait of the King and Queen of Thailand celebrating at a rally aimed at unseating the Prime Minister of Thailand. Anti-Government protesters led by the People's Democratic Reform Committee's (PDRC) marched towards Government House in Bangkok on Monday 9th December, 2013, where they heard the news that Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, brother of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, had announced the dissolution of the Thai Parliament, leading to new elections.

An Anti-Government protester carrying a portrait of the King and Queen of Thailand celebrating at a rally aimed at unseating the Prime Minister of Thailand. Anti-Government protesters led by the People's Democratic Reform Committee's (PDRC) marched towards Government House in Bangkok on Monday 9th December, 2013, where they heard the news that Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, brother of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, had announced the dissolution of the Thai Parliament, leading to new elections.

 Anti-Government protesters demonstrate against a proposed "Amnesty Bill" which could overturn the conviction of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Anti-Government protesters demonstrate against a proposed "Amnesty Bill" which could overturn the conviction of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

 A student demonstrator is arrested and carried away by female police officers following a protest in Bangkok, Thailand.

A student demonstrator is arrested and carried away by female police officers following a protest in Bangkok, Thailand.

 Following violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters, four people died. The funeral of a policeman took place the next day, during which family, friends and colleagues observed traditional bathing rites, pouring water onto the deceased's hand.

Following violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters, four people died. The funeral of a policeman took place the next day, during which family, friends and colleagues observed traditional bathing rites, pouring water onto the deceased's hand.

 An anti-Government protester standing on top of concrete barriers and waving the Thai national flag in front of Government House in Bangkok. Thailand.

An anti-Government protester standing on top of concrete barriers and waving the Thai national flag in front of Government House in Bangkok. Thailand.