A Thai government spokesman says the prime minister, Somchai Wongsawat, will stay in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai indefinitely because of tensions with the military. The prime minister was forced to return to the city from a trip abroad because thousands of anti-government protesters have shut down the main airports in the capital Bangkok. Mr. Somchai has rejected calls for his resignation from the army chief, fueling rumors that a military coup might be imminent. The protesters say they'll defend themselves against any attempt by police to remove them from the airports.
"We are seeing, in effect, the complete collapse of any kind of normal law in Thailand. The protesters have carried out the most extraordinary breathtaking actions and the police have been powerless to stop them because they're not liked, they are demoralized and because the country is deeply polarized."
—Jonathan Head on standoff in Thailand