The two-month-long mass protest that has paralyzed the Thai capital is nearing resolution, as the besieged prime minister looks ready to accept new elections. But some observers wonder, with rival mobs ready to march in perpetuity, if Thai politics will ever really stabilize.
If more unruly protest movements are successful in swaying politics by paralyzing Bangkok, the country is in danger of never-ending unrest, said political scientist Thitinan Pongsudhirak of Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University.
“The election campaigns ... could actually be very nasty,” he said. “It could actually exacerbate the confrontation. It could end up in the same vicious cycle: whoever wins, the losers won’t accept it.”