Monday, April 19, 2010

Thailand's crisis

With an upcoming trip to Thailand in August, we are monitoring the Thai political crisis. The yellow shirts and the urban elite reminded me of an earlier post that referenced John Adams who worked hard to keep democracy out of the hands of the poor and uneducated and in the hands of the educated and and experienced who know how to exercise democracy responsibly. Any similarities to the Venezuelan coup attempt?

Alternatively, can the attempts by the red shirts to overthrow the government be compared to the colour revolution of the past?

Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva said that because the red-shirts have been occupying parts of Bangkok for six weeks and that "Because they use violence and intimidation I cannot accept this".

Could the previous color revolutions be considered use of violence and intimidation?

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