Feb 3, 2014

Thailand votes and dances down the road to possible civil war

Yesterday's election in Thailand did nothing to help heal the rift between government and anti-government forces. The Democrats held a music festival instead of getting out the vote.

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

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

Rather than putting an end to the widening divide in Thai politics, yesterday’s election has only served to underscore the seemingly intractable divide between the two sides of the country’s polity.

And it’s not over yet. Results won’t be announced until after another round of voting is held on February 23 for well over 2 million of the country’s 48 million registered voters who were prevented from casting their ballots by anti-government protesters on January 26, with more blocked at more than 40 polling stations yesterday.

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6 thoughts on “Thailand votes and dances down the road to possible civil war

  1. AR

    My abiding memory of Thailand is Bankok uni during the ‘unrest’ of the 70/80s which overthrew the government and abolished,”for fourteen years..” (so protoThai), democracy.
    It duly lumbered back, in & out, to the corporatist/fuedal state that exists today.
    The only Asian nation that was neither conquered nor colonised,has had a strange history with the West. (The name meaning FREE in the stew of “bharasa/pidgin of French and whatever else was in the offing.)
    As a boom child I recall the astonishing adulation of the new, young King & his stunning wife – heavily featured by the OZ Debret’s, the WW and the Woman DAY, once a sturdy rival for a different demographic – the ultimate in high class, regime ancien totty)
    I digress…
    A student’s body, hanging by the neck from a branch and a fellow student is screaming, from the look of his mouth and the bulging neck veins shown in that instant, as he belabours his fellow with a folding chair, from their lecture room.

  2. DF

    Just a small correction for the sake of accuracy, MBK shopping centre is at Siam Square, not Chidlom. The huge shopping centre at Chidlom was the World Trade Centre until it was burned in the last round of reds v yellows and is now rebuilt at Central World. On the other corner is Gayshorn Plaza.

  3. DF

    I doubt the military would let it get to a civil war – curfew will be imposed long before that.
    There’s a whole lot of other stuff you haven’t mentioned, like the relationship between the Crown Prince and Thaksin and the fears of the traditional BKK courtiers about the royal succession – which of course is not allowed to be reported or openly discussed in Thailand.

  4. DF

    Damn autocorrect, small dialogue boxes and tiny fonts – The World Trade Centre at Chidlom has been rebuilt AS Central World.

  5. Peter Snashall

    One thing hardly ever mentioned is the increasing disinterest of people all over Thailand who hate both sides. The department stores were jam packed and far more crowded than the protest sites yesterday, though international journalists won’t tell you that.

  6. green-orange

    Same old, same old.

    The military will impose a “consensus” government (ie their mates) and start an “anti-corruption inquiry” – netting them billions in bribes – and then steal another few billion from foreign investors.

    Nothing new here.

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