Only tyrants stay in power by sending tanks on to the streets. So why won’t Abhisit call an immediate election? Answer: he knows he would lose.
Soldiers stand under a sign saying “We Won’t Use Violence.” The guns are obviously for eating noodles.
Abhisit says these people are terrorists!
Keeping the streets safe from democracy.
Giles Ji Ungpakorn is a Thai socialist, currently in exile in the U.K. His latest book Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy will be published in April 2010. See, also, “Thailand: Seeing through the Mist of Tear Gas” (MRZine, 16 April 2010).