By JIT Mukherjii
Bangkok, 27th April: Massive anti government protests are going on in Thailand for the past few weeks and it has already claimed 26 lives. The protests have spread outside Bangkok and government is seriously anticipating chances of a civil conflict. The protests have been initiated by the red shirted supporters of the former Premier Thaksin Shinawatra and they are seeking fresh elections and want to overthrow the present one. They have set up blockades at different parts of the capital and trying to stop the police from entering the city. In spite of several arrest, the situation is going out of control and the movement is spreading outside the city of Bangkok. At this moment, the city of Bangkok is totally paralyzed and the movement is spreading to the areas outside the city.
The Prime Minister Mr Abhisit Vejjajiva is not willing to meet the red shirt supporters. Meanwhile the yellow shirt supporters of the Prime Minister are pro government and they are demanding imposition of martial law to bring the situation under control.
This demand has increased the tension further and the red shirt supporters are claiming that they are under oppression and there is no democracy in the country. The streets are deserted and only army personnel are seen patrolling the streets. Political pundits say that this is the worst political violence in Thailand since the last eighteen years.