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Major Developments in Australasia & Pacific Islands, Tuesday, October 20, 2020

AUSTRALIA 1. Defense Minister Linda Reynolds has confirmed Australia will participate next month in Exercise Malabar 2020, which she described as a “milestone activity”. The military exercises involve the US, Japan and India. The Australian Defense Force last took part in Exercise Malabar in 2007, before the Australian Government withdrew from the naval drills the following […]
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Major Developments in Southeast Asia, Tuesday, October 20, 2020

EMERGING ISSUES AFFECTING OPERATIONS 1. Over a thousand protest in Bangkok, across Thailand, yesterday. Over a 1,000 people held anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok yesterday. Protests were held at the Kasetsart Intersection, the Bangkok Remand Prison, and the Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT)’s Public Health Ministry Station in Nonthaburi. Authorities again suspended operations at some Bangkok Mass Transit […]
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Major Developments in South Asia, Monday, October 19, 2020

EMERGING ISSUES AFFECTING OPERATIONS Thousands protest in Karachi, Pakistan against the government. Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied yesterday in Karachi as part of a campaign to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan. The rally was organized by the newly formed Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), a coalition of opposition parties. The opposition leaders included– Bilawal Bhutto […]
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Major Developments in East Asia Pacific, Monday, October 19, 2020

EMERGING ISSUES AFFECTING OPERATIONS (Update) Pro-democracy protests continue in Bangkok, Thailand over the weekend. Pro-democracy protests were held in Bangkok and at least 12 other provinces across Thailand yesterday. The rally locations were announced on Facebook by the United Front for Thammasat and Demonstration (UFTD) yesterday afternoon. In Bangkok, thousands of anti-government protesters gathered at […]
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October 16, 2020 – (Update) Thailand: Protest location changed to Pathumwan Intersection in Bangkok

The pro-democracy protest location was abruptly changed to Pathumwan Intersection from the Ratchaprasong intersection as planned earlier. The protests were scheduled to take place at the latter, the city’s main inner business district at 4:00 PM (local time). The government had deployed police personnel and set up road blockades and barriers ahead of the planned […]
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October 18, 2020 – Thailand: (Update) Thousands protest across Bangkok yesterday as movement grows

Tens of thousands of individuals protested in Bangkok and across Thailand yesterday. Authorities shut down lines on the Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) and suspended the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) skytrain network. At least five large demonstrations blocked arterial roads in the city. The protests were planned and occurred in a relatively spontaneous manner. The police’s […]
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October 17, 2020 – Thailand: (Update) Anti-government protests continue; multiple roads blocked

Anti-government or pro-democracy protests have continued in Thailand this week. Today thousands of demonstrators converged on three sites in Bangkok. Main protest sites today are Lat Phrao intersection, Wongwian Yai, Sam Yan Mitr Town and Bang Na intersection. Rally participants were asked to go to the location closest to them: the Lat Phrao transit interchange, […]
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October 16, 2020 – Thailand: (Update) Pro-democracy protest turns violent in Bangkok

Tensions flared as police and protesters clashed during pro-democracy protests in Bangkok’s Pathumwan Intersection area this evening. There were minor scuffles between the police and the protesters. Police allegedly resorted to forceful techniques to disperse the crowd. The police allegedly sprayed water cannons with blue dye onto the protesters. Some protesters alleged that the blue […]
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Major Developments in South Asia, Friday, October 16, 2020

EMERGING ISSUES AFFECTING OPERATIONS 1. NC members clash with police in Nepal. Members of the Nepali Congress (NC) clashed with police in Sarlahi District on October 14. The clash occurred after the police allegedly blocked NC cadres from filing a First Information Report for a recent incident involving the killing of one of their members. On […]
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Major Developments in East Asia Pacific, Friday, October 16, 2020

EMERGING ISSUES AFFECTING OPERATIONS 1. (Update) Tens of thousands of protesters defy emergency decree in Bangkok, Thailand. Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters staged a protest in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday, defying a “state of emergency” declared by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-cha. The emergency decree was ordered to quell escalating demonstrations against the government and the Thai […]
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