February 1, 2014

3 Ways to Stop Thailand from Going to Hell

David Stout, Time

The Associated Press

Residents in Bangkok are on edge. After four years of tenuous peace in the capital, Bangkok appears poised for another round of violence this weekend. Thailand‘s urban elite and middle class residents have grown desperate after protests shutting down the capital’s streets for weeks have failed to unseat Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The protesters have now taken the troubling step of directly disrupting the country’s electoral process and are vowing to prevent potential voters from casting their ballots during the country’s snap elections on Sunday.

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