As society is trapped in political warfare, rumours of an impending coup are escalating, especially after the fatal clashes between police and anti-government protesters at the Thai-Japanese Stadium on Dec 26.
Political chaos inevitably lies ahead. The anti-government protesters have vowed to disrupt the Feb 2 election, with People's Democratic Reform Council (PDRC) leader Suthep Thaugsuban vowing a "shutdown" of Bangkok to press for caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's resignation. Poll registration has already been blocked by protesters in some southern provinces.
All eyes are now on army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, who last week, for the first time, implied the possibility of a coup as a way out of the political deadlock.
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