Thailand in the News Week Ending 03/13/10

A Sea of Red in Bangkok

Front Page of the Nation

Picture Courtesy of The Nation

Obviously the only news this week is all surrounding the weekend march to Bangkok by the Red shirts. The Red Shirts have descended on Bangkok in large numbers and they will be heard. Thaksin may be the impetus behind the Red shirt movement and the Red shirts are happy to have him as a poster child but it’s their very real grievances against the government that’s brought them to this point. The Bangkok elite have dismissed the rural Thai people for far too long and now the Reds are making sure they can’t be ignored.

The movement leaders have claimed that this will not be a violent protest and hopefully that is the way this weekend plays out but I am willing to bet the government won’t let this transgression pass easily. The courts have already put out an arrest warrant for the head of the Red shirt movement but I doubt very seriously the police or army will be able to carry out such orders in the midst of a sea of Red shirts.

Here is hoping that the protests remain peaceful and all my friends and fellow bloggers in Bangkok stay safe and sound.

For the most up to the minute news on the Bangkok protests please check out the following sites.

The Bangkok Post

The Nation

Richard Barrow Live Updates Via Twitter


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11 Responses to Thailand in the News Week Ending 03/13/10
  1. Mike
    March 14, 2010 | 12:37 pm

    Talen it is certainly an interesting weekend. Twitter really proves its worth at such times, some really up to the minute reporting. Richard Barrow is actually following the march live, and Tweeting as he goes along, great pics etc.

    What happens next is the big question of course.

    • Talen
      March 14, 2010 | 1:16 pm

      Thanks Mike…I’ll add Richards twitter to the news.

  2. Catherine
    March 14, 2010 | 10:14 pm

    Apparently they are marching through my area tomorrow.

    I’ve stayed up with them for three days as it is. I was going to pass on tomorrow but if they are here, I will be too.
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Red Shirts 2010: The Faces of Day Three =-.

    • Talen
      March 15, 2010 | 9:46 am

      Just be careful Cat…you never know when the mood may turn…stay safe.

  3. Mike
    March 15, 2010 | 8:03 am

    Talen, if anything is going to actually happen I reckon today is the day. Protesters are supposed to be heading for 11th Infantry(were PM is located)this morning.
    Overall looking a fairly meek affair so far, quite civilised and some very mature, from a Democratic point of view, responses from the PM.
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Wat Khlong Wan(??????????)Prachuap Khiri Khan =-.

    • Talen
      March 15, 2010 | 9:45 am

      Mike, I think you are right…The ultimatum that the red shirt leaders issued last night to dissolve the current government though will be the deciding question mark in this affair…they may be at this for some time.

  4. Martyn
    March 15, 2010 | 3:34 pm

    What a great front page The Nation newspaper put out, the white dove flying high.

    I think the red shirts are in for a long stay if they are going to succeed in dissolving the present House. Red shirt numbers are good but not at the million mark they hoped for. Maybe as the rally drags on those numbers will swell. Let’s just hope it’s all peaceful, good humoured and helps the dollar and sterling to strengthen a bit.
    .-= Martyn´s last blog ..Thai Bar Girls – Looking Through Your Eyes =-.

    • Talen
      March 15, 2010 | 4:18 pm

      Martyn, that really is a great front page they made up.

      It may not be the million mark they had hoped for but it is still a good showing and one that will be around for a while it seems.

      It would be great if all remains peaceful because I think at this point they are making an impact in the sense that people are starting to realize that Thailand consists of much more than the Bangkok elite.

      • Catherine
        March 15, 2010 | 4:27 pm

        Talen, Some of the BKK elite have joined the Red Shirts. I’ve been approached by them these past days and they are proud to admit that they’ve switched over.
        .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Red Shirts 2010: The Faces of Day Three =-.

        • Talen
          March 15, 2010 | 5:36 pm

          Cat, it would be great if everyone involved that they are all Thai people and should be working together.

          Bangkok would be in deep shit if it weren’t for the hard working rural Thai’s feeding the country.

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