Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Protests in Bangkok

If one is in Bangkok, one cannot help but be aware that there is contempt, loathing and disdain for Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (left) – acknowledged to be a proxy for her brother and former PM as well as being accused of abusing democracy – and her brother Thaksin – in self-imposed exile to avoid jail time for a corruption conviction. 

In fact, the latter is the reason why Thailand is in constant turmoil. And protestors swarmed the capital city, demanding that the former steps down. 


Reuters pic, February 7, 2014. 

The above photo shows an anti-government protester in Bangkok behind a display of tin cans with defaced pictures of among others the ignoble duo – so that Thais can knock them down with tennis balls. Imagine that! 

Image credit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26083347

Certainly, Thailand is in an appalling mess! A furious war of attrition is being waged by the opposition, adamant in wanting to make life impossible for the government. And it won’t end anytime soon. One side insists on holding onto power in a country that is deeply divided and the other wants wholesale reforms of the political system to begin before any elected government can (again) take office. 

The country is wallowing in a mire of discontentment that plainly refuses to go away. What will be, will be! What must be, must be! We will just have to wait and see what happens next!

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