Here is part of an email I received from a close friend who lives in Bangkok.:
"Its amazing to see the effects of the terrible greed of one man and how much damage he can inflict on the country to satisfy his lust for power. I feel sorry for him, somewhat, because no one, except his family, perhaps, will remember him with any fondness and that he's so much in the thrall of dosa and akusala that there will probably never be any turning toward kusala, at least in the foreseable future. That people are willing to believe his lies, especially foreigners outside of Thailand who don't really know what went on here, is amazing. Well, it is not called amazing Thailand for nothing. Luckily the government was able to diffuse the violence and wanton destruction which severely damaged anything the Red Shirts might have stood for. However, they are home for the Songkran holiday and let's see what happens after that.
If you would like to follow events in Thailand here are 2 excellent websites which will give you up to the minute and accurate news of events: http://www.manager.co.th
(Thai language) and http://www.thailandoutlook.tv
(English language). Please pass that on to others who would like to know the truth."