"I make a proclamation for the emergency, and we think we solve the problem. The military says that no, this time we must kick the ball out of the field first," says Samak, referring to declaring Bangkok in a state of emergency on Tuesday and stressing the need to be patient.
"We need time, we must consult by the side of the field. We'll come back again. The game must end, the game must end," he says. "Give me time."
While the protest area has primarily been isolated to one area in the capital -- surrounded by barbed wire, barricades and, at times, the military and police -- the Bangkok Post reported that on Thursday night two students were shot and injured while marching with a protest group about four miles from Samak's residence.
Publicly absent from these events is King Bhumibol Adulaydej, who has intervened in the past to bring about a resolution to political crises. Samak visited the king last weekend and provided him with a report, the contents of which have been kept private.
"Give me time," Samak tells ABC News. "We must do it soft and gentle, because it's not only the Thai who are looking at this, it's the whole world, it's the whole world."