Al Jazeera reports that at least one person has been killed by rocket fire against protesters in Thailand. An entire world expects a bloody outcome, and have been watching tensions rise for over a month, without in any way interfering. How is this possible?
I find it outright absurd - think whatever you like about the red shirt protesters, but their demand today is new parliamentary elections. Is this not preferrable over blood shed in the streets? Is not free parliamentary elecions, overseen by international observers the only solution that the international community could accept? Still we here nothing about international pressure on the Thai government to accept this demand.
Of course Thai politics should preferrably be dealt with in Thailand, but isn't this a special situation, where foreign pressure would be called for? If the international community's voice can change anything, it is a shame not to use it now, before we count the dead in hundereds.
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