Patrick WinnMarch 20, 2014 09:51
CHIANG MAI — For months, Thailand has grown frighteningly chaotic. The nation has lacked a parliament since December. Protesters have sabotaged elections needed to pick a new one — all while invading ministries, blockading parts of the capital and vowing to abduct the premier. In Thailand, such mayhem historically triggers a coup. But this time is different. The army is standing back. The nation is so divided that a government takeover could spark civil war. Most Thais dread the specter of army intervention. But not Mahawon Kawang. “I want it to happen as soon as possible,” says the influential Red Shirt member.