In Thailand you read about violent attacks on peaceful protesters and bombs being thrown at the court. You hear about anti graft agencies being attacked and protests against other protesters being launched. Then when you think of how a cornered animal acts, you start to see the comparison in behavior.
The behavior of violence towards people who look to follow the law and have others follow the law is not new or unique to Thailand. We have seen many instances in history and even portrayed in the movies where when the bad guys get cornered, they start to attack the people that are looking to bring them to justice.
That behavior is a combination of aggression, arrogance, and the triggering of the survival instinct. Should the person who is being sought be innocent, they would most likely opt to prove their innocence in a court of law. Because the guilty know they would likely be convicted in that same court, they would tend to decide on the before mentioned violent behavior towards their accusers in an attempt to get them to back off.
The assorted Arab Spring movements have shown the same truths. Even outside of the Arab influence we have seen this behavior of violence coming from the guilty in places of power. In fact you can throw a dart at a map and find examples in just about every place where the dart lands. Even the United States is not immune as the violent behavior of the guilty does not need to come from some official and can come from organized crime.
So in a way the level of violence is a gage of how threatened the guilty feel. In the instance of Thailand’s latest political uprising, the Government ignored the court and proceeded to attack protesters and killed a few. Needless to say the court has now accepted murder charges against certain members of the Government in the chain of command that lead to that incident. Some of those charged with murder levitate towards using a heavy hand by their position on quick justice towards people sentenced to death for drug offenses. Seeking that the execution be carried out in 90 days of sentencing is very fast and only places like North Korea where the sentence is done minutes after the guilty ruling is it faster.
So more or less as a rule of thumb, you can tell that violence towards people that look to see justice served is an indicator of guilt in the people that are being pursued. In Thailand, there are way too many people looking to end the corruption for the violence to work, but that will not stop the guilty from trying.