Songkran will provide Thais with a brief respite from the horrendous summer heat and the divisive parliamentary debate on proposed constitutional amendments. But when the lawmakers return after the holiday, tempers could rise to boiling point.
The red shirts have held a commemoration for the violent crackdown on their demonstration three years ago. They will probably return after Songkran to put pressure on parliament to pass the charter change bills speedily and to provide a buffer against any street protests arising from opposition to the amendments.
To their credit, the opposing political groups have avoided open confrontation for quite some time now, allowing peace to prevail, uneasy as it may be, amid the political divide which is as wide as ever.
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