Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva is getting back a dose of his own medicine. He led his party to stage a series of massive demonstration in Bangkok which culminated with the seizure of the Bangkok international airport and other airports, crippling air travel and costing milions of dollars in losses.
He succeded in toppling the government. Now he is complaining the lost of the country's reputation following the protest by the pro-Takhsin Shinawatra supporters, imposing emergency rule, clamping down media criticism of the administration and sending armour vehicles to the streets.
From Pattaya, the protest has spread to the capital, where red-shirted protestors, backing Takhsin, are converging in crowded sky train stations. Usually, these stations are packed on Sundays, so the maximum impact of these protests can be felt.
A protest leader has been arrested by Abhisit's government. Strangely, when he staged the airport seizure, he justified it in the name of democracy. As the politicians squabble for power, the biggest losers are the ordinary people, who depend on the tourist dollars. The global financial crisis saw a drop in tourist arrivals and with the latest episode, there can only be further cancellation of trips to Thailand.