In a society in upheaval, just who are “the People”?
Clashes of colors — red shirts vs. yellow shirts in Thailand, a faded orange revolution in Ukraine — have many people reaching for the rainbow in response.
As the economies of Southeast Asia integrate, Thailand’s social divide is as stark as ever.
Nearly a week after the event, Thailand is still stunned by the military assault on the Red Shirt encampment in the tourist center of the capital city of Bangkok on May 19. The Thai government is treating captured Red Shirt leaders and militants like they’re from an occupied country. No doubt about it: A state of civil war exists in this country, and civil wars are never pretty.
Thailand’s Red Shirt leaders surrendered to authorities, leaving their followers to fend for themselves.