Small bombs went off at the two international airports, but there were no
injuries. Both airports are closed by demonstrators. Pro and anti-government
demonstrators in the capital have begun shooting at each other. The battle is
basically between the educated urban royalists, who want to overthrow the
populist politicians that have attracted the support of the majority of voters,
most of them poor, less educated, rural people. The urbanites believe these
populist politicians are corrupt (which some are, but that is common in all
Thai political parties) and not fit to rule, even if they got the most votes,
and seats in parliament. The military, whose officers largely side with the
anti-government demonstrators, does not want to run the country again, because
most Thais oppose military governments. But unless the demonstrations stop, the
escalation is headed for a bloody civil war. Many politicians, from all
parties, want to avoid this, but it's all spiraling out of control.
the Islamic violence in the south continues, with the security forces
continuing to grind down the terrorists.
also suffering from the global economic recession, and the months of
demonstrations in the capital have interfered with government attempts to do
something about the growing unemployment and banking problems.
Cambodian troops still face each other on a disputed section of their border,
near an ancient temple. In neighboring Myanmar, the government has sentenced
nearly a hundred democracy protestors to prison terms, some as long as 65
years. Most of those sentenced were arrested as a result of demonstrations
against the military government last year.
2008: Demonstrators in the capital surrounded parliament and prevented the
legislature from doing any work. Demonstrators then moved to the two
international airports, shutting them down and stranding over 3,000 travelers,
including many foreign tourists. The government called on the military to clear
the airport. Thus far, the military has refused to use lethal violence, and
insisted that they do not want to stage another coup.
2008: Three small bombs went off near the headquarters of the anti-government
demonstrators. No one was injured.
2008: Another 40mm grenade was fired
into a group of anti-government demonstrators standing near a government
building in the capital. Eight people were wounded.
2008: Someone fired a 40mm grenade into a group of anti-government
demonstrators gathered near a government building the demonstrators were
occupying. One person was killed and 29 were injured. This angered the demonstrators, who are now going to escalate
their operations. For the last three months, demonstrators representing urban
political parties, that lost the last two elections, have been occupying government buildings,
trying to gain control of the government. The 40mm grenade is strictly a
military weapon, and this attack indicates that some of the troops,
particularly the many soldiers recruited from rural areas, are very hostile to
the demonstrators. Some officers are as well, and both groups are becoming more
vocal about it.