Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fears of civil war, situation in Bangkok tense

Eyewitnesses describe how a tense standoff in Bangkok Wednesday night led to a violent clash between two groups of protesters.  Assembled in the vicinity of the business district of the Thai capital are some 60,000 troops, perhaps 10,000 red shirt protesters, and thousands of "no-color" or yellow protesters (marching in opposition to the reds).

Shawn Crispin of the Asia Times (h/t JF) points to how the crackdown of April 10 may provide evidence of murderous disunity within the ranks of the Thai military.   Although any attempt to purge the military of the disloyal officers could spark a civil war, some observers believe this may happen irregardless of the risk.

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