The armed forces commanders have assured the
government that there will not be another coup, but at the same time, the
generals refuse to provide troops to deal with the anti-democracy mobs. This
leaves the government with only one option, to call in pro-government mobs from
the countryside. Another option, of course, is to surrender to the demands that
the government be run by officials from the urban minority (that considers
itself morally superior to the majority that elected the current government,
and thus more worthy to rule.)
Thai and Cambodian officers met on the
border and agreed to work out procedures to avoid any future gun battles.
October 15, 2008: Thai and Cambodian troops fired on each
other, leaving two Cambodians dead and seven wounded. At least seven Thais were
wounded in a firefight that lasted about 40 minutes. There are several thousand
troops in the area.
October 14, 2008: Cambodia demanded that Thai troops be
withdrawn from disputed territory on the border, otherwise there will be war (a
small one, anyway.) In response, Thailand sent more troops to the border.
October 13, 2008: The police chief told the government that he
would not use his anti-riot forces to break up future anti-democracy
demonstrations. However, the police will defend their headquarters and other
police facilities. The police are led by urbanites who often agree with the
October 7, 2008: In the capital, anti-democracy demonstrators
again tried to shut down the government, but for the first time the riot police
were sent in and used force to clear away the rioters. Two died and over 400
people were injured, out of over 5,000 involved. The rioters had attempted to
shut off electricity and water to parliament and government buildings.
October 6, 2008: On the Cambodian border, two Thai soldiers
were wounded by a landmine. It's unclear whose mine it was.
October 5, 2008: Police have arrested the leaders of the
demonstrators who have occupied government compounds since late August. The
demonstrators represent urban activists who wish to overthrow the elected
government and replace it with one run by a more righteous and anti-corruption
minority. The government has been unable to negotiate a peace deal with the anti-democracy
October 4, 2008: Thai and Cambodian military commanders met on
the border to work out arrangements to prevent further clashes. The Thais
insisted that Cambodian troops entered Thai territory and opened fire first.
In the Moslem south, a pickup truck
full of gunmen opened fire on an army patrol, killing two soldiers. The trend
in the south, however, is less violence. In any event, most of the civilians down
there with guns are gangsters, not Islamic extremists.
October 3, 2008: After over a month of quiet, Thai and Cambodian troops exchanged fire for a few
minutes on the border. One Cambodian and two Thai troops were wounded. There has
been a confrontation over exactly where the border is, and who controls land
near an ancient temple.