Today is the D-Day set by anti-government protesters in launching the "final battle" to uproot the so-called "Thaksin regime". Also today, red-shirt leaders plan to mobilise their supporters to protect the Yingluck Shinawatra government, and that, again, risks escalating the current political conflict into violence.
During the past few days, there have been reports of clashes between supporters of both camps. Although they were only minor scuffles, they have the potential to trigger a much larger confrontation and start a major clash.
Some academics and leading political observers suggest that the conflict needs to be brought to the negotiating table, and Prime Minister Yingluck has offered publicly to hold talks with the anti-government groups. However, anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has flatly rejected her offer and firmly declared: "No talks, no negotiations."
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