Wednesday, May 5, 2010

An End to the Red Madness?

It looks like the red shirt protests might be over soon.  The Prime Minister has proposed a road map to reconciliation that includes new elections on November 14th.  He laid five conditions down in order for that to happen.  The red shirt leaders have apparently agreed, so it is very likely that the protests will end in the coming weeks.  A poll showed that sixty percent of people supported it and only fifteen percent opposed. 

Interestingly, this is not a huge move from the Prime Minister's earlier position.  When they started negotiations a month or so back, he apparently floated the idea of elections in nine months, which the UDD flatly rejected. 

Its not clear who really "won".  The red shirts will get their election, although I'm not sure that the prolonged rally, particularly the invasion of the hospital will help their cause.  The government will get a few months to operate without focusing virtually all its attention on the protests.  At least the Thai people will get back to a "normal" life, at least for a little while. 

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