The Yellow Shirts have been protesting for 12 days. A stage is setup with a PA, toilets have been built, speakers address the protesters and music plays between speakers. The protest crowd has been small, it swelled “into the thousands last evening”. The protest is located in a street, the total areas in only a few blocks.
This protest is nothing like what is happening in other parts of the world, nothing at all.
The Yellow Shirts have released their big threat to the government via a press conference: “The People’s Alliance for Democracy will move its crowds from Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge rally site to rally at an important place on Friday to put more pressure on the government to step down”.
The government now has 5 days before the Yellow Shirts parade to the important site.
I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok.
I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally, I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore.
I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region. I moved to Singapore in 2016...fallen behind on this blog since.
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