More Violence

The sky outside is pitch dark, lit only by the piercing lightning which seems to be coming down directly behind the BOI building, from where I am sitting. While most people would be happy enough just to get home in a reasonable time without getting soaked (I fear it is already too late for me), others are planning to rack up the violence. We have already had a couple of bombs today and at least one death. There may be more confrontations tonight.

The usual people have started to throw around the usual accusations but it is a little soon to tell what has really been happening. Still, to fool the most people, tell the biggest lie.

The PM has been consulting with police chiefs and has said that the latter should get on with investigating what has been going on and arresting the perpetrators. I am sure they would be more than happy to do so but will fear that they are going to be caught in the middle of whatever kicks off over the next few days – we have already seen how willing the PAD mob is to try to murder police officers, with guns, iron spears and even by repeatedly running over them with vehicles. The red side, UDD, has found itself (rather surprisingly) allied with the police because of PAD violence but, were I a copper, I would not like to test how deep that allegiance would be when push comes to shove.

And so, once more, we approach a weekend with violence in the air and the threat of a military coup casting a pall over the lives of honest, hard-working Thai people.

Meanwhile, a bomb in Yala has wounded nine people, three of them critically. I had thought (and wrote) that the government was not doing anything to solve the Southern insurgency problem but, following the PM’s recent visit, it has been pointed out that the level of violence has actually declined significantly over recent months – I had noticed there were fewer stories to post but did not make the connection properly. So, some slow and small progress is being made, quietly, which seems to be the PM’s way.

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