I have not been having much luck with my Bangkok trips. In late 2008, my family trip with Mom and Brother was cancelled because supporters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) stormed the main terminal of Suvarnabhumi airport……
Just when I thought that Bangkok is safe to go again (and the tourism industry is starving = cheaper price, better bargains), I have to kena Red Shirt Protesters in main shopping areas. It was quite an experience but so long as it does not kill me, I am glad I went through it. 😛
Here’s the life footage of the red shirt protesters on their trucks taken from my trusty camera on the BTS bridge linking to MBK:
Here’s how it all started:
March 26: Thousands of Thaksin supporters in trademark red shirts begin rallying in Bangkok, calling on Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his government to resign and allow fresh elections. They are spurred on by Thaksin Shinawatra, who starts a series of almost nightly addresses to the crowd by telephone and video link.
March 27: Thaksin accuses Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda, privy councillors Surayud Chulanond and Charnchai Likitjitta of being behind the 2006 military coup that toppled him.
March 28: Gen Surayud rejects Thaksin’s claim, saying privy councillors are not involved in politics.
April 2: Red-shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan says a mass rally planned for April 8 is aimed at pressuring Mr Abhisit, Gen Prem and the privy councillors to resign.
April 3: Thaksin refuses an invitation by Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban to negotiate with the government, and calls on his supporters to come out in force for a mass rally on April 8.
April 7: Mr Abhisit’s car is attacked by red-shirts in Pattaya as he heads back to Bangkok after a cabinet meeting. Thaksin’s three children and ex-wife leave Thailand.
April 8: More than 30,000 red-shirts rally at Government House, their main protest site.
April 9: Taxi drivers block main roads and Victory Monument, bringing the city to a halt. Mr Abhisit vows tough action against red-shirts who break the law, but no action is taken.
April 10: Thaksin’s supporters, already spread out across Bangkok, launch a separate protest in the beach resort of Pattaya, where 16 Asian leaders are to meet for a major Asean-sponsored summit, with Asean chairman Thailand as the host.
April 11: Thousands of protesters storm the venue of the summit, forcing its cancellation. A state of emergency is declared as foreign leaders are evacuated – some by helicopter from the hotel roof.
April 12: A state of emergency is declared in Bangkok and surrounding areas as new anti-government demonstrations spring up. Pattaya protest leader Arisman Pongruangrong arrested in Bangkok. About 50 protesters force their way into the Interior Ministry grounds while Mr Abhisit is inside. He escapes. Thaksin says he will lead an uprising if there is a coup.
April 13: Army cracks down on protesters in Bangkok. Two people die and 123 treated for injuries in army assaults on groups of protesters and several ugly confrontations between red shirts and local people who formed neighbourhood militias.
April 14: Thousands of demonstrators who had retreated to their main camp outside Government House agree to disperse in the face of an overwhelming military operation to close down days of protests.
Government extends the three-day Songkran holiday for two more days.
Text By: BangkokPost.com, AFP
Videos from: Youtube
I have to go out in my blue singlet (which I have intended as pyjamas) over the last 2 days cos my remaining tops were Yellow and Red…..
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