Thailand has been hit by major protests after three years of relative calm. Demonstrations kicked off in November after Thailand’s lower house passed a controversial amnesty bill and are being led by Suthep Thaugsuban, a former Thai deputy prime minister. The protesters – who tend to be urban and middle-class voters – are united by their opposition to Mr Thaksin, and their belief that he is still controlling the current Pheu Thai government. The protests – which involved blockading government ministries – were largely peaceful for the first week but turned deadly when violence broke out near a pro-government red-shirt rally on 30 November. At least 10 people have been killed in various clashes since then. (Source BBC).