In 2012 the Pheu Thai Party was ascendant. It was piling up legal cases against the opposition Democrat Party while avoiding blaming the military for violence against the Red Shirts.
There was no force that could match the might and boldness of the Red Shirts who were openly threatening judges who might rule against the government.
The public seemed little concerned about government pledges to rewrite the constitution to prevent non-elected bodies from being able to oversee government actions. Pheu Thai continued to spend on its populist pledges and Yingluck was popular across the political spectrum.
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