Thailand Is Close To Civil War As Its British-Born PM Rejects Deal With Angry Red Shirts

April 27, 2010

He came to power as the decent leader:

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva

a smooth British-born and Oxford-educated Thai aristocrat who promised to end political turmoil and restore democracy.

But Abhisit Vejjajiva was cowering behind razor wire in a military barracks in suburban Bangkok as his capital,

turned into a smoking battlefield by mobs in red shirts, braced itself for an expected bloody crackdown.

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