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Today on the net, reports of the anti-government protests in Thailand. Cyber activists in Tunisia fear a return of web censorship. And Google is looking to get more Indian women online.
Anti-government protests in Thailand
After days of mass demonstrations in Thailand, anti-government protesters remain undeterred and have stormed several official buildings in Bangkok. As we can see in these images shared on Twitter, hundreds of opposition protesters besieged the Finance Ministry, literally taking it over.
The movement is receiving widespread coverage on social networks. Several Facebook groups, with tens of thousands of members, are up and running and full of posts from protesters, either voicing their desire to see Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra removed from office, or to coordinate activities and relay instructions from leaders of the opposition movement.
Protests erupted last month in reaction to a bill that would have granted amnesty to exiled Thaksin Shinawatra, the current head of state’s brother, who was found guilty of corruption in 2008. Over 600,000 web users signed this e-petition challenging the bill which has since been put on hold.
But some web users, like Terence Chulavachana have criticized the tactics employed by the opposition. Posting on Twitter, the activist says occupying government buildings could well lead to fresh outbreaks of political violence in Thailand.
Others are worried about intimidation of the press. German reporter Nick Nostitz for example was accused of being a “red shirt” supporter, so loyal to the Shinawatra family; he received threats via social networks and was attacked by protesters on Monday.
 
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