The military-backed political party in Burma says it's won 80 percent of the votes in last week's election — the first such vote in 20 years. But many outside observers are calling for more democracy, all while fighting continues in the East of the country and refugees flee to Thailand. This morning, President Obama declared the election was "neither free nor fair," and urged Burmese authorities to release political prisioners like Aung San Suu Kyi, who called for a boycott of the election.
In Bangkok, anti-government protests have turned violent. Supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra are calling for the removal of the current ruler, Abhisit Vejjajiva, who took office four months ago. Thai soldiers dispensed tear gas and fired shots at the protesters, who responded with throwing gasoline bombs. Around 70 people are injured, but there are no reported deaths. For more we turn to Seth Mydans, the Southeast Asia correspondent for the New York Times.
For footage of the violent protests, watch the video below.
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