In December of 2013 there were some violent uprisings and protests in Bangkok, Thailand. The protesters were protesting against the government in hopes to overthrow it. The protests were being led by a man named Suthep Thaugsuban. The protesters believe that current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was being played like “puppet” under her brother Thaksin Shinawatra, a former Prime Minister. Most of the hatred stems from when Thaksin was in power and the government was corrupt and they were abusing their power. In this case I do not think social media or media coverage really influenced the uprisings, at least not from what I have read. It could certainly be possible that in Thailand their media could’ve provoked the protesters by hyping up the news about corruption in their government.
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In Kiev, Ukraine peaceful protest against the government quickly turned violent. People were not happy about the choice the President, Viktor Yanukovych, made about rejecting something with the European Union in 2013. It is believed that he did so in order to keep stronger ties with Russia. Ukraine is split with some people wanting to have closer ties with Europe and some people wanting closer ties with Russia. A lot of people believe that the loans and cheaper gas that Russia provided for Ukraine was a way to buy off the President. Also, more recently Russia ordered surprise military exercises in Ukraine which fueled the protesters even more. From what I have read in this case I do believe that media coverage and social media has influenced the protesters in some way. I read that there were “rumors” in the media which only caused more protesting.
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