Do as I say, not as I do. That seems to be the motto of Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajva as savage clashes between red-shirt protesters and Thai soldiers on the streets of Bangkok killed at least 18 people and injured hundreds.
The irony is not lost on anyone as Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajva came to power a few years ago on the back of such protests. At that time, the Thai military excised restraint and refused to use force on the protesters and Vejjajva came to power.
He’s trying to avoid making the same mistakes as he ordered the Thai military to force the protesters off the streets. Instead his orders spark off street fighting with even Molotov cocktails and live rounds been used.
After the clashes, I fully expect more bloodshed in the future. The only other option now is negotiations between the government and the Red-shirts but Vejjajva can’t and won’t call for new elections because he will lose; and that’s before the clashes, now he’ll probably be slaughtered! The Red-shirts can’t turn back now after coming so far and even if they want to, arrest warrants have been issued for at least 27 Red Shirt leaders, so their arrest would probably spark off more protests.
It’s going to be a lot worse before it get better in Thailand.