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was yesterday everywhere, on CNN, BBC. He was scaling down rhetorics, "talking peace". Abhisit accused him in "instigating the violence" but was rather unsuccessful in damage control, not many outside Thailand would now believe what he or his government say about Thailand's commitment to democracy. Last year Thai Army refused to intervene and crush yellow shirted protesters, because Army generals were instigating anti-government violence. So pro-Thaksin forces now gave up, preferring to save their lives to fight another day. They hoped that raising anger in provinces would force government for talks, but it's unclear at this juncture how far they succeeded in winning over the population. Hostility of Bangkok residents was unsurprising as many well to do in the capital participated in last year yellow shirted rallies which brought down two pro-Thaksin governments. But troubles for Thailand's ruling junta are not over yet.
by FarEasterner on Tue Apr 14th, 2009 at 01:56:28 AM EST

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