Monday, January 13, 2014

The Bangkok Shutdown has Begun!

Protests are going on all around the city today by basically locking up many of the key intersections and bringing Bangkok to a halt. By what I witnessed today it is working pretty well. I walked up to the Asoke intersection that is about a 15 minute walk away from where I live and then later I went to Central which is about 20 minutes away in the opposite direction. Thousands upon thousands of people, but at least so far it is a very festive atmosphere. A giant street party where people are singing, blowing whistles, clapping, eating, sleeping, smiling, holding up signs and just basically having fun. This could go on for weeks or perhaps only days so it will be interesting to see how long the good mood lasts. Apparently in some of the other protest locations there was some violence and shooting incidents. Here are a bunch of photos I took that should be of interest to absolutely no one but me!



YTSL said...

Stay safe Brian!

Brian said...

Thanks. So far so good and if things go bad I have an exit plan. Basically run for the border!

Anonymous said...

You should be okay.
They wouldnt hurt an American ... right ?

Brian said...

No. This has nothing to do with foreigners at this point but if it gets violent and some sort of civil war breaks out then all bets are off. Not likely though.

Steve said...

Good luck, Brian. I hope this time it doesn't turn violent. Might still be a good time to visit some other country in the region.

Glenn, kenixfan said...

Thanks for posting these pics...I almost recognize one or two spots from my only trip to your beloved Bangkok. Stay safe. Looks peaceful so far. And post more if you can. Bangkok's a lovely city full of friendly people. I hope things don't turn ugly.

Brian said...

Thanks guys. All quiet on the Eastern Front. Glenn - if I recall you stayed in a hotel in Central World Mall? If so, yup some of the photos were taken right outside of it.

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