Friday, January 1, 2010
Threat of total chaos in Thailand
Thailand’s red shirts to bring down government in the first two months of the year
Coalition figures expect another difficult year for the government, with the opposition movement likely to renew its violent bid to bring down the administration in the first couple of months.
Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said red-shirt protesters would engage in "street politics" in late January or early February aimed at overthrowing the national leadership and plunging the Kingdom into "complete chaos" in the process.
Suthep, who is in charge of security affairs, said chaos would likely occur but added he was not committed to invoking the Internal Security Act just yet.
He insisted the red shirts' plan went "beyond overthrowing the government".
The deputy premier said pressure would be applied from both inside and outside Parliament, as well as inside and outside the Kingdom. However, he remains confident any impending political chaos can be handled sufficiently.
Meanwhile, the growing number of military |personnel joining the Pheu Thai Party signalled the coming of a "people's war", but he expressed confidence in the government's ability to handle it.