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Protesters force Asian summit to be cancelled

Protesters smash glass door at summit venue. Sukree Sukplang/Reuters

Protesters smash glass door at summit venue. Sukree Sukplang/Reuters

The government of Thailand can’t last much longer. They couldn’t provide even minimal security for an important regional summit meeting. Protesters breached security at a “relatively easy to protect” location, smashed doors, and entered the convention building, forcing the meetings to be canceled.

Their PM made a nonsensical non-apology.

Mr. Abhisit apologized for the cancellation of the meeting but did not take responsibility for the breach in security, which he said was “not the act of the government.”

Huh?

Sounds like the rebels have major support within the police and military. If so, then the current government is doomed. In The Anatomy of Revolution by Crane Brinton, the classic sociological study of revolution, he says when the speeches are done and you’re marching on the capitol, only one thing is crucial for victory. The army and police, at the very least, must do nothing. If they join you, so much the best. But they must not seriously oppose you.

Which certainly sounds like what’s happening in Thailand.

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