Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Looks Like the Protests are Spreading

It appears the Thai government may have made a mistake in its crackdown on the Bangkok protestors. Anger over the crackdown seems to be spreading the protests to other parts of the country. While it remains to be seen if this will be a short lived outburst the more events spread outside the capital the more difficult it will be for the state to retain control.

The real question is what happens after the next election. Opinions have been hardened on both sides so will a government headed by either side be seen as legitimate? At this stage it looks doubtful without some other event occurring to lessen tensions. Better hope that the region starts experiencing some rapid economic growth since I don't see what other event is potentially on the horizon.

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