Already the government has declared large parts of downtown Bangkok a live-fire zone and has attempted to prevent fresh food and supplies from reaching the protesters. At least 5000 people have burrowed in behind walls made from tyres and concrete, fearing there will be more deaths. Eight more lives were taken on Saturday in Bangkok, with the army cracking down.
The government allowed this protest to grow and spin out of control. The government has been indecisive at key times and overreacted at other key times. I can only speculate this is due to not knowing how the military will react. The common question is “where is the military?” My only answer- the government fears the surge of troops necessary to stop the protest, the fear- how many of the troops will not fight for the government?