An impasse continues in Thailand as thousands of supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra demand the existing government dissolve parliament and hold new elections. Crowds of red shirted people have literally taken control of the capitol city and made travel impossible. Army units have attempted to push red shirts from the center of Bangkok, but they refuse to budge. It appears at least 15 are dead including four soldiers and a Japanese photographer with hundreds of others wounded and headed for hospitals. Prime Minister Abjisit has called for calm, but there is no evidence it is being warmly accepted by the crowds.
There is scant doubt former prime minister Thaksin is a shining democrat, but he is able to stir the emotions of those resenting highly educated leaders of their government. As all too often, there is no simple solution to such a situation.