I make no claim to understand what the hell is going on in this country right now. When foreigners who have lived here for over 20 years tell me they are no closer to understanding the intricacies of Thai culture it is little wonder I cant get my head around what is happening.
The Prime Minister dissolved the Government and is now operating in a ‘care-taking’ function. The opposition party resigned parliament as a show of disrespect for the system. The protest movement is being led by an ex-politician and clearly states that a win-win outcome is not acceptable. The Army Generals have neither confirmed nor denied that they might stage a military coup. The king is remarkably quiet on the whole affair, and while he has the power to veto the outcome – he believes the people should find a solution.
There are thousands of people crowding the streets 24 hours a day to block intersections, disrupt government process and make threats that they will storm political offices and capture politicians. When you walk amongst them you can see that they are dedicated to their belief. Old woman and families are sleeping on the roads. Everyone is smiling and dancing to around the clock entertainment. Whistles blow, music blares, voices fill the city from loudspeakers. At night there have been some gunshots. Redshirt clashes, or angry lash-outs at Political targets. It’s not an entirely peaceful protest.
Some speculate on the outcome and the timing, but not me.
Meanwhile the carnival continues…