The situation’s touch and go. Now with the emergency decree, we have moved to the next stage of brinkmanship…They [the People’s Alliance for Democracy] want to draw blood and they’ve come to the point where they’re willing to be martyrs in order to achieve their aims.

– Chulalongkorn University’s Dr. Thitinan Pongsudhirak, quoted in “Emergency declared in Thai capital after clashes”, AFP, 2 September 2008.