Thailand’s Manic Monday

Photo courtesy Al Jazeera: Elections are set for February and political polarisation is intensifying [Reuters]

Photo courtesy Al Jazeera: Elections are set for February and political polarisation is intensifying [Reuters]

In case you are stuck on (stories about) a bridge, the rest of the world will be taking notice as protestors in Thailand plan to shut down the nation’s capitol today, January 13. According to Al Jazeera reports, “The turmoil is the latest episode in an eight-year conflict that pits Bangkok’s middle class and royalist establishment against the mostly poorer, rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was overthrown in a military coup in 2006.”

The intended protests plan to keep the city in limbo for 15 days, or until the current Prime Minister Shinwatra steps down. Thailand’s king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, aged 86, “has remained quiet. In past political crises, he has intervened only as a matter of last resort, at times when military intervention led to dozens of civilian deaths. But the royal palace has long been a major influence on Thai politics behind the scenes,” reports Al Jazeera.

The city has closed schools, businesses and most public offices to prepare for the shutdown. More than 14,000 police and military are expected to be positioned in key places for protection, such as the international airport, water and electrical facilities and other major areas of concern. The military states they intend to remain cautious even about comments they make, wishing to avoid escalation of problems. They are attempting to stay neutral in this latest struggle.

Occupy World Writes believes the protestors in Bangkok have taken a stance for democracy which must be respected. As such, we stand in solidarity with those in Thailand and elsewhere who believe that governments must respond to the needs of their peoples for the peaceful and meaningful betterment of both.

In-depth story from Al Jazeera: Thailand braces for new set of mass protests

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