"Things are about to start happening," a veteran reporter at the Post told me on Wednesday, staring into his gin and tonic. "They'll take to the streets".
The Supreme Court will deliver the verdict Feb 26 on charges against deposed former Prime Minister Thaksin, who is charged with abusing his authority when he was prime minister to benefit his business empire. Although government and military officials keep reiterating that they do not expect violence, almost everyone is Bangkok is preparing for some action. It is rumoured that Thaksin's loyal political party - the UDD, a.k.a the Red Shirts - is likely to take to the streets in violent protests and demonstrations should the court find Thaksin guilty. Some are even predicting ANOTHER military coup.
The office and news services here are flushed with speculation, commentary and constant updates on the situation, but I guess only time will tell. For now, though, I'm keeping out of busy public places - last weekend two bombs were found planted, but were disabled before any damage was done. I'm scheduled to fly home on the 26th, decision day, so let's just hope there's not a repeat of the airport closure!
Here'a link to an article form the ABC - http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/18/2823516.htm
Fingers crossed I'll leave a peaceful Bangkok.
Last day in the office today, before heading to review the Shangri-La tonight.