Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Trouble brewing in Thailand

Trouble seems to be brewing in Thailand – a country which I have great affection for and which we visited in January. Even then there were signs that trouble lay ahead as protesters besieged government house in January. The Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is not popular in the urban areas but appears to be much more popular in the rural areas where the majority of the population live hence his gamble in calling an early election.

see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4749992.stm

The most worrying aspects of the latest reports are the suggestions that Thaksin Shinawatra may declare a state of emergency if the protests continue and the statement from the opposition that they intend to boycott the election on 2nd April. I fear that after the 2nd April life in Thailand may become much more difficult If as I expect Thaksin Shinawatra wins and the opposition refuse to accept the result.

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