In what appears to be an escalating amount of violence coming from Thaksin’s red shirt army, the threshold of what is an acceptable form of protest may have just been passed. The use of explosives being thrown in protest, is an uncomfortable reminder that not too long ago military ordinance was being used by Thaksin supporters.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva may have made an error when he said that throwing things was an acceptable form of protest. In most countries that is viewed as an assault. The worlds best shoe salesman in Iraq who threw not one but 2 shoes at then President George Bush has just been sent to jail for a 3 years. So throwing an explosive at Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban is a bit more serious. This was not a protest, it now is classified as an attack.
The concern now is the chance fear and intimidation may once again become one of Thaksin’s tools to regain power. So needless to say a line has been crossed and the Abhisit government needs to react quickly and appropriately. If not this very quickly could grow out of control.
Quoting The Nation:
Pathum Thani – A ping pong bomb was thrown at the car of Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban when it was driving through red-shirted protesters in Pathum Thani.
Chatchai Kebui, a photographer of the Public Relations Department’s Pathum Thani office, suffered minor injury on his stomach when he was hit by the bomb.
The bomb was thrown at Suthep’s car when it was leaving the National Defence College at 11:30 am.
The explosion also terrified the protesters.