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Studio interview: Is surrender a real ending?

05-20-2010 13:17 BJT

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Our current affairs commentator, Mr. Gregory Yingnien Tsang, is in our studio to discuss the latest developments in Thailand. Welcome, Mr. Tsang.

Q1: Sources say Bangkok became quiet soon after the curfew began on Wednesday. But there are also reports of sporadic clashes between troops and protesters continuing into the night. So what's your judgment on the end of Wednesday's operation, and the surrender of the protestors? Is this a real ending?

Q2: For two months, Thailand has been suffering from mounting violence. And the standoff between the government and the anti-government forces seems to not be a sudden incident. Rome was not built in a day. So can you explain to us the essential cause that led to the final outburst of violence?

Q3: Some analysts say the Thai government has shown its best tolerance for the actions of the demonstrators. From the eye-catching "blood pouring" in front of the Government House and Abhisit's residence, to the occupation of the primary business zone in Bangkok, they say the protesters have been stretching the government's patience, which seemed amazingly flexible. What's your comment on the Thai government's handling with the crisis?

Q4: On the other hand, we don't see Abhisit's government gaining any benefits from this operation. More than 60 people died in the clashes since April, and it will be hard for the government to shake off the responsibility. What's your view on the political prospects for Abhisit and his government?

Q5: On Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is deeply concerned about the violence and loss of life in Thailand. Similar concerns were reported in some other Southeast Asian countries. But didn't they come too late? Would things be different if the neighboring countries had acted earlier?

Thanks for your time, Mr. Tsang. That's our current affairs commentator, Mr. Gregory Yingnien Tsang, discussing the latest developments in Thailand.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CCTV.com

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