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Thailand: From the ballot box to the barricade


Malcolm Cook

4 September 2008 11:51

It is never good news when the political centre of power of a democratically elected government is taken over by weapon-wielding protestors, yet that is exactly what we see in Thailand today. For a nice succinct analysis of the power struggle taking place on the streets of Bangkok (and the country’s airports, as stranded and delayed travelers can attest), a good place to go is the Asia Foundation’s In Asia  blog. John Brandon’s downbeat appraisal also rings true with a blog post I wrote when the demonstrations against the popularly-elected Samak government started. 

Let’s hope Thailand is not in line for yet another coup or a new political situation where barricades become the first resort of those who don’t get what they want from the ballot box.