Thailand: land of smiles wears 2 shirts

fuk halo, its red vs yellow.

Interesting stuff going on in Thailand. Not to mention my lil sis is over there right now and i am on my way soon. Tensions seem to rise and fall, but there is a real power struggle at bay.

check it:

“Thailand is dividing along several lines: Between the “red shirts” worn by the anti-government protesters and the “yellow shirts” worn by the supporters of the present government (who were formerly anti-government protesters themselves); between rich and poor. There are geographical divisions as well, between the people of the Thai heartland, those around Bangkok and between the south and those living in the north and northeast.

The Royal Thai Army also shows signs of splitting. The army was humiliated following its recent bloody but ineffective effort to disperse the red shirts. Many conscripts hail from the same rural classes that dominate the red shirt movement, and it is clear that their officers are uncertain they would obey any future commands to suppress the movement.

The former government, loyal to Thaksin, had some attributes of the Republican or Loyalist side of the Spanish Civil War. They claimed the mantle of legitimacy, endorsed by the most recent election and the elections before that. Meanwhile, it was common (for Westerners anyway) to describe, with some justification, the yellow-shirted protesters as anti-democratic “fascists.”

Yellow shirts and red shirts, fascists and democrats, monarchists and anti-monarchists, class against class – it all seems so retro, like an old movie from the 20th-century. The scourge of the 21st century is supposed to be Islamic anomie, turned to terrorism – not class warfare.”
http://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2010/04/26/thailand_going_the_way_of_spain.html

good overview here:

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/04/23/thailand.thaksin.shinawatra.explainer/?hpt=C2