Jan 10, 2014

A city facing shutdown, the nation of Thailand in political stalemate

Thailand is holding its breath with a planned shutdown of Bangkok only days away. Everyone is wondering: how bad will it get? What will the outcome be? And when will this cycle of violence and retribution finally end?

Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in Asia and <em>Little Red Blog</em> Editor

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

Bangkok, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities and Asia’s premier tourist mecca, is bracing for a planned “shutdown” of the city next Monday by a splinter opposition group that has run a series of protests garnering crowds of 150,000 people at times over the past two months.

The political temperature in this coolest of seasons in Thailand is now rising quickly as months of shadow boxing come to a head. The big questions for many weeks have been: will it blow up, and if so how?

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3 thoughts on “A city facing shutdown, the nation of Thailand in political stalemate

  1. Gavin Moodie

    Thanx for this informative report and analysis. Shouldn’t it be: ‘The army has gone to unusual lengths to make it clear that it desperately does NOT want to step in, . . .’

  2. Lasso

    A sad case of the “blind leading the blind” I’m afraid. This uprising has been self-styled as an “educated revolt”… educated in what I ask? Obviously not the principles of good governance. Beyond the protestations against the amnesty bill, this is simply a case of old corruption trying to oust new corruption. Power is the only goal and the general populace will continue to suffer because of it.

  3. Bernadette Fallon

    ‘Rather ironic’ is a fudge. Put bluntly, the yellow shirts want a dictatorship and the red shirts support parliamentary democracy.

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