The Songkran festival was a great joy for many Thais and tourists alike. For Bangkok residents, it was also a temporary escape from the latest round of colour-coded political conflict, now entering its sixth month.
The festival is now over and it is back to business as usual, including the harsh political reality that both sides in the crisis appear as far apart as ever.
The war drum started beating once again when the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship announced on Tuesday a plan to stage yet another mass rally in Bangkok, one day before the Constitutional Court is due to deliver its ruling on Thawil Pliensri’s case against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
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