VOLUME 28 NO. 2 | JANUARY 3 - JANUARY 9, 2009


The top 8 events that changed in Asia in 2008

Sept. 1: Thai protests turn violent, government declares state of emergency

Last updated 12-31-08 at 11:42 a.m.
The People’s Alliance for Democracy laid siege to and has occupied the Government House in Thailand since Aug. 26.

One person was killed and dozens were wounded in a fight between supporters of an opposition group and pro-government demonstrators. For more than a week, thousands of protesters, called People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), staged a sit-in outside the government buildings in Bangkok, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej. Pro-government groups launched counterdemonstrations.

On Sept. 2, Sundaravej declared a state of emergency.

 

TOP 8 EVENTS

The top 8 events that changed Asia in 2008:

1. March 10: China cracks down on protests in Tibet using force — or not?

2. April 10: Nepal holds a historic election

3. May 12: Earthquake kills thousands in China

4. May 18: North Korea hints at transparency — then takes it away

5. July 16: Milk scandal in China makes world headlines

6. Aug. 8: The Summer Games open, Michael Phelps makes history

8. Nov. 26: Terrorists attack Mumbai


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