Red Shirts in Bangkok – Penfold’s assessment
Instead of diffusing the tension by diplomacy and negotiations both sides resorted to violence and what started as a political protest risked becoming a full blown insurrection.
Whilst Thailand is far from being a failed state it is on the edge of a very slippery slope and needs to take a step back and reflect. The violence does little help the country’s economy, with tourists staying away in droves, businesses and factories being forced to close and investors rapidly losing confidence. Any further damage, to the already weakened economy, will add to the woes of Thailand’s impoverished masses and could be a catalyst for future hostility.