Bangkok protests: updates and photos

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Re: Graphic pictures and videos from the Bangkok protests.

Post by Caller » 09 Dec 2013 19:36

What will be interesting is to see of Yingluck stands again. If she doesn't and PT win again, it will be interesting to see how the 'Democrats' react as it will be back to square one for them.

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Re: Graphic pictures and videos from the Bangkok protests.

Post by yoursTruly » 10 Dec 2013 03:57

Some pictures of the crowd today. Looks "well attended".

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Re: Graphic pictures and videos from the Bangkok protests.

Post by buksida » 11 Dec 2013 08:22

If this article is anything to go by it'll get far worse before it gets better:
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_ ... 91213.html

Removing the Shinawatra oligarchy leaves a huge power vacuum.

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Re: Graphic pictures and videos from the Bangkok protests.

Post by yoursTruly » 13 Dec 2013 07:56

Mike Parker wrote:Does it solve anything ?
Well, at least it gives the appearance of a Democracy... :cry:

Just like the every-4-year charade in America where the voters are called upon to rubber stamp the status quo. As "Boss Tweed" used to say:
"I don't care who does the electing as long as I get to do the nominating."
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Re: Graphic pictures and videos from the Bangkok protests.

Post by yoursTruly » 17 Dec 2013 07:59

Aljazerra: Thai politics ruled by 'culture of impunity'

Observers say political division is intensified with the rich and powerful immune to the rule of law.

[youtube]http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/featur ... 46150.html[/youtube]
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Re: Graphic pictures and videos from the Bangkok protests.

Post by buksida » 17 Dec 2013 08:06

Police sub-office taken over by PDRC
Anti-government protesters with the People's Democratic Reform Committee have occupied a police station’s public service office in Bang Saphan district and turned it into a "PDRC provincial branch".

The Ban Thammarat public service unit operated by Bang Saphan police station is in Ban Thammarat Moo 5, tambon Thong Mongkol. Protesting rubber and palm growers earlier seized the two-storey wooden house whilst they were blockading the Bangkok-bound lanes of Phetkasem Road in Bang Saphan Noi in November.

Yellow spray paint has now been used to emblazon the words “PDRC Office” over the sign for the unit and on concrete barriers placed in front of the building.

The PDRC, which is led by ex-Democrat Party MP Suthep Thaugsuban, has called on supporters across the country to set up provincial branches of the movement to support political reform efforts.

Around 5,000 people across Prachuap Khiri Khan have officially registered as members of the PDRC provincial branch and its leader would be elected on Sunday, said Santud Dejkerd, coordinator of a rubber and palm growers network for 16 southern border provinces.

Members have been given tasks that suit their competencies and the group has set up a rapid-response team, he said. The team can be mobilised within 24 hours and communicate within minutes through various channels, Mr Santud claimed.

Source: Bangkok Post

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Re: Graphic pictures and videos from the Bangkok protests.

Post by yoursTruly » 18 Dec 2013 03:21

And more trouble coming down the pike:

(Reuters) - Thai farmers who have not been paid by the state for rice bought under an intervention scheme are threatening to block roads in 26 provinces, adding to the problems of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who called a snap election this week.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/12/1 ... 5B20131211
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Re: Graphic pictures and videos from the Bangkok protests.

Post by buksida » 18 Dec 2013 07:51

They could simply protest by not voting for her again ... but they wont because there's a few baht in it.

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Re: Bangkok protests: updates and photos

Post by yoursTruly » 18 Dec 2013 11:03

I guess it's hard to appeal to people's better side when they're poor. You need a certain level of security to say "No" when money comes knocking. (Bread before principles?) I suppose if the Yellow Shirts would start caring about people in the North, people in the North would reciprocate. (but this is speculation on my part. I don't know the facts, only what's dressed up as facts in the newspapers.)
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Re: Bangkok protests: updates and photos

Post by yoursTruly » 20 Dec 2013 01:01

BBC: Thailand's 'red villages' eye Bangkok protests

(I suppose this is the other side of the story)

"...On the day I visited the village head's house - with a giant-sized poster of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in ceremonial robes covering one wall - there was a heated discussion about the comments being made by the anti-government protest movement in Bangkok, in particular the call for the entire Shinawatra family to be forced to leave the country - a call that at one point had reduced Ms Yingluck to tears.

The villagers were outraged by this, and were considering all changing their names to Shinawatra in solidarity."

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Re: Bangkok protests: updates and photos

Post by yoursTruly » 22 Dec 2013 00:38

Democrats have resolved to boycott the Feb 2 election

After a meeting this afternoon, the Democrats have resolved not to field any candidate in the election scheduled for February 2. Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said "We don't believe the February 2 election will lead to true reform and restore public confidence in the system"

(This country is headed for civil war, I'm afraid)

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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakin ... 22666.html
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Re: Bangkok protests: updates and photos

Post by yoursTruly » 22 Dec 2013 00:45

Army Chief Proposes His Own 'People's Assembly'

Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday expressed concern about the risk of civil war if the political conflict continues, proposing the formation of a people's assembly comprising "all colours" to help...

(Sounds like explicit support for Suthep -- voicing the same idea. It is also perhaps a threat that if things don't work out, the Army will step in with a coup.)

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politic ... t-persists
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Re: Bangkok protests: updates and photos

Post by yoursTruly » 28 Dec 2013 01:38

Police open fire on protesters in Bangkok.

A total of 96 people were injured in a violent clash between anti-government protesters and police at the Thai-Japanese sports complex in Din Daeng on Thursday, Medical Services Department director-general Suphan Srithamma said.

Dr Suphan said 82 of the injured were hospitalised.

Four of them were in a critical condition and were being treated at Rajavithi Hospital. The four included a 30-year-old man who was shot in the head, a 17-year-old teen who was shot in his right leg, a 56-year-old man whose left foot was shot, and a 40-year-old Japanese freelance reporter who was hit in the face with an unidentified object.

Other injured victims were recovering at the Rajavithi Hospital, Police Hospital, Phayathai Hospital, Phramongkutklao Hospital, Veterans General Hospital, and São Paolo Hospital.

The Centre for Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) earlier reported that three police officers were injured during the clash, one shot in the chest and two others blasted by ping pong bombs. The officer who was shot, Pol Sr Sgt Maj Narong Pitisit, 45, of Taladphlu police station, later succumbed to his injuries.

http://m.bangkokpost.com/latestnews/386777
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Re: Bangkok protests: updates and photos

Post by yoursTruly » 02 Jan 2014 13:14

"Everything you need to know about the Bangkok Shutdown"....

UPDATE: “Bangkok Shutdown” will start on Monday 13th January from 9 a.m. and could last as long as 5-20 days. Targets so far include Victory Monument, Phatumwan Intersection (MBK/Siam) & Sala Daeng Intersection (Silom)

(this is a work-in-progress obviously. Might be a good website to monitor if you plan to take a trip to "the big city". There's a twitter address for up to date info. (think of it as a political weather channel))

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http://www.richardbarrow.com/2014/01/ev ... -shutdown/
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Re: Bangkok protests: updates and photos

Post by yoursTruly » 02 Jan 2014 13:16

Thai protests: 'Red shirts' plan to hit back

Leader warns of retaliation if Yingluck government is forced to cede power

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http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-sto ... k-20131230
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