As its political environment remains murky in the wake of the Constitutional Court’s ouster of Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand now stands at a dire crossroads with deepening rifts and growing risks of turmoil and mayhem.
The Democracy Monument is partially hidden by a national flag, punctured with a hole at an anti-government rally. Mass mobilisations by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee and the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship have raised fears of political violence. Panumas Sanguanwong
In the short term, Thailand will either have a problematic election that will be fraught with controversy, or it will end up with an appointed government of questionable contrivance. Along the way, the military’s role in politics is likely to widen as violence becomes more deadly, frequent, and uncontrollable.
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