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Interview: How did crisis escalate?

05-16-2010 12:51 BJT

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For more on Thailand's developing crisis, we're joined by our current affairs commentator Jiang Wenran. Mr. Jiang, thanks for your time. Just days ago anti-government welcomed the Prime Minister's five point reconciliation plan to end the standoff. Today, it seems a non-violent resolution is out of the question. How did this escalate so quickly?

Q2. Both sides in this battle are refusing to retreat as the death and injury toll mounts. How do you see this crisis playing out from here on in?

Q3. For nearly two months, Thailand has been experiencing a clash between the rural poor and an elite that traditionally holds power. The protestors call it "street politics", or "street democracy." Does this form of standoff tactics usually work in Thailand? Will it work now?

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