The New York Times article about the situation can be accessed by clicking on the title. Basically it is a travel advisory saying, it is time to cancel your trip to Thailand.
I have always had a lot of faith in the peaceful nature of Thai people during this stand off of political and cultural rivals, but it does appear that Bangkok is no longer safe.
There are efforts being made to bring an end to this ugly political turmoil; however, both sides have been suffering and my fear is that neither side is ready to stop the acts of violence that have been spinning off from the protesting. In truth the demands of the Red Shirts are so extreme it seems they are demanding a violent answer to their violent protesting. This is terrible for both sides.
Both sides need to stay calm and try to do their best to reign in the violent elements who have become far too vocal during the past few weeks.