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In the red and yellow corner... Welcome to Thailand

What complete chaos Thailand has become. The whole situation seems to increasingly resemble a south-east Asian version of a heavyweight boxing match.In the yellow corner, we have the yellow-shirted People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) – who by most accounts want just about everything except democracy. Meanwhile in the red corner – and all clad in red – are the Government supporters, who have just witnessed their heroes getting knocked out by a Constitutional Court ruling.OK, I’m being a bit flippant, but with both sides firmly entrenched I fear this may just be round one. Benjamin Zawacki, Amnesty’s Thailand researcher, has an excellent blog on the subject on The Telegraph website today but the situation is changing so quickly it is already a little out of date.The Independent reports of one PAD supporter being killed in a grenade attack last night. And the very latest from the BBC is that the PAD is set to call off their occupation of Bangkok’s main international airport – too late for Amnesty’s LGBT and Death Penalty campaigner Kim Manning-Cooper who had to cancel her flight to the city this week. Meanwhile, the Constitutitional Court has not only forced the Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat to step down over election fraud, it has also forced three main political parties – the ruling People Power Party (PPP), the Machima Thipatai party and the Chart Thai party – to disband.Naturally, this being Thailand, political interference is being cited all round. The PPP’s response has been simply to reform under another name allowing a vast majority of their MPs to stay in parliament and, more importantly, in government.Watch this space for news on round two…

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