Well, the most you could say about this recent conflict in Thailand is that even if the rancor remains for decades, there is a whole generation that is now politicized. The Reds from up-country have undergone a process known here as ta sawang, or a “brightening of the eyes” — an awakening, a realization of a truth they had not recognized. Unfortunately their eyes followed Thaksin who recognized them as a huge voting block.
But in the northeast the rage goes on. The nation reported this morning that Education Minister Chinnaworn Boonyakiart on Friday formed two panels, one in charge of fact-finding related to the arson attacks of three schools in the Northeast and another responsible for assessing the damage.
During the first day of curfew on Wednesday, two arson attacks were reported in Nong Khai and Yasothorn.
Ban Tha Chiang Krua School in Nong Khai’s Seka district was burned down. The arson happened at Ban Yang Krue Nong Thom School in Yasothorn’s Muang district.
During Thursday’s curfew, Ban Wang Keng School was torched at Khon Kaen’s Nam Phong district.
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