Protests continue in Thailand and Ukraine

For over two weeks now, people in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, have been protesting against their countries’ governments.

In Bangkok, the people want their country’s leader, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, to step down. They are upset with Shinawatra because her government tried to pass a bill which might have forgiven her brother. Shinawatra’s brother was the prime minister of Thailand, and was forced to step down by the country’s military in 2006 because he was believed to be corrupt. He currently lives outside of Thailand to avoid going to jail. Because of the protests, Shinawatra announced that the next elections to choose the country’s government will be held in February next year. She will continue to lead the country until then. However, the protesters want her to step down now.

Ukraine and the European Union (EU), a group of 28 countries in Europe that collaborate with each other, were expected to sign an agreement last month that would improve trade between the two. However, Ukraine’s government decided not to go ahead with the agreement, and instead, decided to improve its relationships with other countries, including Russia, one of its already big trading partners. Many Ukrainians are upset because they believe their country will benefit from having closer ties with the EU countries. (Russia is not a member of the EU.)

In the country of Georgia, the government officials were having a discussion whether the Georgian government should support the Ukrainian protesters who are for closer ties with the EU. Some rude insults were exchanged between some officials, and it led to a scuffle where some kicks and punches were also exchanged. The meeting was halted. Georgia, Ukraine, and Russia were all part of the Soviet Union until 1991.

Sources: Al Jazeera, BBC, Telegraph, europa.eu