Two bungled operations against “Red Shirt” protesters in less than a week may point to a split in Thailand’s military that has stymied Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s government, analysts say. The failed actions — an attempted crackdown last weekend, which killed at least 18 civilians and five soldiers, and a botched arrest of Red leaders Friday — came after the administration vowed to instill order in the capital. “This puts the government in a very difficult position. They can never really be sure that their orders will truly be implemented,” said Michael Nelson, of Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University.
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