Thursday, February 28, 2008
Thaksin's Return Over Breakfast
Breakfast was a simple and unremarkable khao mun gai. One my right was a scrawled upon picture of Thaksin Shinawatra looking an awful lot like Adolf Hitler, and on my left upon the wall was a television showing supporters and detractors of his gathering at the airport awaiting his imminent return.
For those of you who do not follow Thai politics, Thaksin Shinawatra is the twice elected former prime minister who was overthrown in a military coup back in September 2006. The coup was mostly cheered by the middle and upper classes in Bangkok, while elsewhere there were some other opinions. Thaksin's proxy party, the People Power Party (PPP), handily won the recent elections, even after a pretty good effort by the military junta to suppress the vote. Here we go again.