December 7, 2013

Thailand on the Brink of Chaos

Andrew Walker, Canberra Times

The Associated Press

As Thailand pauses to celebrate King Bhumibol's birthday this week, it faces a stark choice: persevere with electoral democracy or plunge the nation into a dangerous phase of civil conflict. The opposition movement, led by former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban, has made it clear that the campaign to remove the government of Yingluck Shinawatra is far from over. The clashes on the streets of Bangkok will probably resume in the coming days. Having played a key role in the deadly suppression of the red-shirt protesters in 2010, Suthep is all too aware of the risk of turning Bangkok's streets into a war zone. All the indications are that he will push on regardless.

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