Tuesday, December 30, 2008

UDD demonstration of red shirts at Sunam Luang in Bangkok

As about 50,000 Thais dressed in red shirts gathered for an anti-government rally at Bangkok's Sunam Luang, the question on everyone's mind was whether this group would imitate the tactics of the yellow shirts -- and if so to what effect? Not a month had passed since the anti-government PAD group had shut down Bangkok's airports. Police and the army declined to step in.

At the end of three days' protest, having taken hundreds of photos and interviewed dozens of red-shirt protesters the German bloggers at Free Thai commented:
. . . . only a few slight injuries, (as with any large event) reported, it seems that the number of victims and the severity of injuries is significantly below what one might expect from spending one evening at a Bavarian beer garden.

. . . the demonstrators from the beginning had made clear their renunciation of violence, and, as far as we can judge today, have kept their commitments.
This was a lesson in non-violent resistance.

Nevertheless, during these three days, a massive military presence was visible -- one that had been bitterly missing during the demonstrations of the yellow-shirt PAD demonstrations.

Nick Nostitz, who had previously live-blogged a violent confrontation between the Yellow shirts and the police, found himself in a position to compare protests. Nick summed up the contrast:
It was a welcome change to be walking away from a street protest without a feeling of disgust and sadness. . .

We know about the potential for violence in any street protest group, including the Red Shirts. Yet this protest was very carefully controlled by the Red Shirt leadership. Violent incidents were the absolute exception, and were immediately stopped by the leadership who were constantly at the frontline. The rhethoric on the stages was a careful balance of edging people on, humour and constant reminders to stay within the confines of the law. At night, Red Shirt leaders took turns singing songs on the stage. The protesters sang along and danced.

Der Weg zur Wahl - Der Beginn, FreeThai/ The road to the election - the beginning (English translation) , 28 Dec, FreeThai (text, 50 photos)
Nick Nostitz, Red shirts and civil disobedience, New Mandala (text, 14 photos)

Jim Taylor, The red army at the gates of parliament, New Mandala (8 photos)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Republican National Convention (RNC) protests


Background, links to reviews and blogs




Sunday, December 14, 2008

Annual dissidents' march in Moscow

Drugoi has photos and more photos and video of the annual "Russian Dissidents' March" in Moscow on Dec. 14, 2008.

Drugoi, Live Journal (photos, photos and video)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Post-election violence in Kenya in 2008

Anne Holmes, AKA "the vigilante journalist" was likely the most prolific live-blogger of the violence following the unrest in Kenya.

Anne Holmes, First Day of ODM Scheduled Protests Brings More Violence, vigilantejournalist.com

List of blogs covering the Kenya elections and its aftermath, White Aftrica

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Terror attack on Mumbai of Nov. 2008

Vinu posted a set of photos the day of the terrorist attack on the Bombay hotels. Vinu was the first live-blogger to post photos. Vinu's four Flickr photo sets concerning the attack and its aftermath are titled, "Bombay Blast," "Navy Activity Nov. 28," "Nov. 28," and "Nariman House Aftermath."

Vinukumar Ranganathan, "Bombay Blasts," flickr.com

Another photographer who was on the scene the night of the attacks was Soumik.

Soumik, "26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack," Flickr.com

Some French tourists operating out of YouTube Channel Pranavdamle83, present an unusual collection of video clips filmed in a hotel under attack. They explained:
"The police tried to get in through the glass windows of doors. None of those who went in came out. Just five minutes after they entered there was a huge explosion. . . We tried to sneak in to the Taj Mahal Hotel. The cops wouldn't let us go through as the terrorists were throwing grenades on the passers-by"


Local Mumbai blogger Arun is a blogger who lives in the Colaba district of Mumbai near the Taj Mahal Hotel. Shanbhag got dressed and headed off to the scene of some blasts as soon as he woke up:

"Even though we are only a block from the Taj Hotel, I slept through the blasts. . . I took my camera and headed to the Terrace and took a few pics of the Taj Hotel. The hostage situation is still ongoing. I could see smoke billowing out of several windows. . . . Every time we heard a blast or gunfire, everyone would look at the Taj and try to figure out where it came from. Will keep updating as I venture out and take more pics. That is if my parents let me get out. . . ."

Arun Shanbhag, Mumbai Blasts: Day 2 Live Blogging, arunshanbhag.com (photos, text)

Blogger and writer Amit Varma was in downtown Mumbai at the time of the attack:

. . . we headed to All Stir Fry, the restaurant in the Gordon House Hotel in a lane down from there. They told us we’d have to wait 20 minutes. We stepped out again, and as we did so, we heard gunshots, and saw people running towards us from the left side. One of the hotel employees rushed out and told us to get back in. “There must have been an encounter,” he said. “Get back in, you’ll be safe inside.”

Amit Varma, "A Night Out In Mumbai (Updated)," India Uncut (text)

Blogger Rahul found himself in downtown Mumbai with his wife and baby. Rahul blogged:

“There’s been a shootout,” he said, walking on. Behind them, the crowd that began streaming into this lane grew seriously thick. They were running, the ones further behind going faster. “Gang war.” “Encounter.” I turned tail and ran indoors.

Rahul, Nightmares, Green Channel

Media Live:

The Wikipedia article, "November 2008 Mumbai attacks" was a much-lauded source of timely information.

Gauravo, List of Indian bloggers live blogging the mumbai terror-attacks, Gauravonomics

Based in Washington D.C., Gauravo was among the most comprehensive and analytical of the media live bloggers.


Mumbai online: the attacks reported live (updating), Journalism.co.uk

'I am surprised by the lack of user-generated content', says Mumbai attack live-blogger, Journalism.co.uk

Real Time Citizen Journalism in Mumbai Terrorist Attacks, Gauravonomics blog

My Interview with Indian Weekly Tehelka on the Role of Citizen Journalism in the Mumbai Terrorist Attack, Gauravonomics blog

Citizen voices and the Mumbai attacks, My heat's in Accra

Mumbai India blasts, Global Voices

Twitter comes of age, Guardian

Twitter edges out blogs, and Youtube suvive, DNA

Tweeting the terror: how social media reacted to Mumbai


Two days of terror - The New York Times

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

PAD hijacks Bangkok airport

The People's Alliance for Democracy took over Bangkok's two major airports.
I shot this video with my cell phone at 6:30 am on Wednesday, November 26 - this shows the area at Suvarnabuhmi, Thailand's main airport, that is normally used for drop offs for international departures. The airport was taken over by tens of thousands of protesters late in the afternoon the day before. I went to the airport at about 5 am and attempted to get out on an 8 am flight to Hong Kong but no luck. Shot this short video before leaving the terminal.
Nleh63, mlehm63, YouTube Channel nlehm63 (posted at Global Voices)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Celebrations of Obama's election victory on Nov 4, 2008

November 4, 2008 will go down as one of the greatest and happiest days in American history. Little-covered a mainstream media focused on vote-counts, bloggers captured remarkable images from American cities when the public spontaneously took to the streets to celebrate Obama's victory.


Kadfly photo-blogged the celebrations, writing on his blog: "I'll let the pictures and the videos do the talking tonight."

Kadfly, Wow, Kadfly: a radical moderate, (photos).


For African Americans, the election of Obama was the fulfillment of a dream. They recognized it at once as the opening of a new chapter of American history. I listened to a some women sing "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at the front gates of the White House. Witnessing this scene was one of one of the real highlights of the extraordinary night.

Jotman, Six victory themes: how Washington DC celebrated when Obama won the election, Jotman.com, (text, photos, 7 videos)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

car bomb explosion in Damascus

Medaad, Syria: Chilling Eyewitness Blogger Account on Damascus Explosion, Global Voices (translation by Amira Al Hussaini). Original at Medaad (Arabic). Medaad blogged:
This morning, on September 27, 2008, a huge explosion shook the Syrian capital Damascus, about 200 metres away from my car which I was riding from the Sayida Zainab area towards Damascus. That was about 20 minutes ago. . . .

Friday, September 26, 2008

White House financial crisis meeting and protests

Jotman was outside the White House talking to angry American citizens as Obama, McCain, and Congressional leaders failed to agree on a rescue plan for the economy. Jotman interviewed two protesters and photographed Senator Obama.

Jotman, Live-blogging "day of chaos" in Washington DC, Jotman.com, (text, photos)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Bangkok mobs clash after midnight

Nirmal Ghosh, Thailand Correspondent for the Straights Times, Clash of the Thai-tans

media live

Friday, August 8, 2008

Geogia-Russia crisis over South Ossetia

We could identify one reportedly "there live" blog.

The Georgian murderers

Citizen war reporter, Open Democracy

Timeline of conflict between Russia and Georgia, JOTMAN.COM

Monday, July 7, 2008

PAD rally at Governement House in Bangkok

When Richard Barrow live-blogged a PAD rally at Government House in Bangkok, he saw something truly horrifying.

In the summer of 2008 a group of anti-government protesters called PAD (People's Alliance for Democracy) took over Government House in Bangkok. As the Thai army was unwilling to get involved, PAD's move eventually forced the government to move to an abandoned airport. By November 2008, PAD had taken over both Bangkok's airports, forcing the government to retreat to another city. Barrow blogged:
. . . I didn't think too much of it at the moment, but it did look a bit strange in the way they were acting. I had walked away about 15 metres then I decided to turn back just to see if this guy was alright. My instinct was right. Through the railings I could see him being beaten twice with the iron rod and I could hear him crying out. I don't know what his crime was, but these guys were intending serious bodily harm. . . .
Richard Barrow, The PAD at Government House, September 7, 2008, Thai-blogs.com (text, photos)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Thai pro-government rally of September 3

Richard Barrow was there live at a gathering of the yellow shirt anti-government mob, who would eventually take over both Government House and the main airports in Bangkok. These actions precipitated the fall of the PPP led government in December. Barrow blogged:
I heard yesterday that the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship (DAAD) were moving their rally site from Sanam Luang to the city hall at Samut Prakan. This was due to the recent emergency decree forbidding five people or more gathering in one place. I decided to go and check them out for myself. But first, I had to make a careful decision on what colour I would wear. . .
Richard Barrow, The pro-government rally, September 3, 2008, Thai-blogs.com (text, photos)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

May Day rally in Jakarta, Indonesia

Jotman live-blogged the May Day demonstrations in downtown Jakarta, Indonesia.

Jotman, Indonesians protest Jakarta's response to globalization, JOTMAN.COM

Friday, April 25, 2008

The 2008 Olympic torch relays in Asia

The Olympic torch relays during the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics of 2008 presented an interesting forum for live-bloggers. I blogged two of the Olympic relays: Bangkok and Jakarta.

Below, various quotes are followed the "there live" source on which they appeared.

There was the Pro-Tibet sides, full of Thais, the press, some hippies from Khao San and of course the activist groups and some resident Tibetans. Yes that was my side. . . . The Chinese crowd was bigger, louder and more visible than the Pro-Tibet group. . . But one thing I was proud of the PT (Pro-Tibet) group was that they kept their promise. . . .
Knarly Kitty, Twittering the torch, KnarlyKitty.blogspot.com (text, photos at Flickr).

I attempted to document the torch relay in Bangkok, covering most of the 10 km route on foot. I got pushed around a lot. It was hot day, and taking good pictures often required sprinting ahead of the relay.
Jotman, Live blogging the Olympic torch relay in Bangkok, Thailand. Jotman.com (text, photos, videos)

I just got back from the whole event and it was a scary experience. . . . I brought with me a yellow banner with the word “LIBERTY” on it. After awhile walking, I was harassed by volunteers from PRC at the Dataran Merdeka and the police did nothing to help me. About 20 thugs from the so-called volunteers youth from PRC surrounded me while flying their red flags-as if trying to cover up their action-and pushing me around.

Hafiz Noor Shams, Thugs from PRC. KL4FreeTibet, (text, photos)


The Jakarta event was not a normal torch relay, it was an invitation-only spectacle for friends of China in Indonesia. . . . I was present when some local Jakarta students showed up. They were from the outskirts of Jakarta. Waking up before dawn, they traveled a long way to come and watch the torch relay. . .

Jotman, Live-blogging the Jakarta torch relay, Jotman.com (text, photos, video)


We had "Free Tibet" written on our t-shirts, which we thought was a great idea until we showed up at Seoul City Hall and saw all the Chinese people and their flags. . . . To lighten the mood a little Rodney, myself and some others started to sing the Backstreet Boys song, "I Want It That Way". The funniest thing ever happened, once we started to sing the song the Chinese thought we were singing some chant in favor of Tibet, so they started their chants again. It was hysterical. Rodney and I kept singing after everyone else stopped including the Chinese because we knew all the words, so we had to finish the song and it was hysterical to see the Chinese students faces while we were singing.

Julia, Rebels With A Cause...Olympic Torch Relay in Seoul!!, Julia's Asian travels, (text, photos)

. . .what a day it's been! I was (literally) in the middle of a clash today between hundreds and hundreds of Chinese people and a small group of anti-China protestors as the Olympic Torch made its way through Seoul.

Beth, Olympic torch in Seoul - craziness, Moseys and Musings, (text, photos, video)

  • Oh my, Moseys and Musings, (text, photos)

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tibet uprising of March 2008

Kadfly was the only Westerner to live-blog the Tibet uprisings of March 2008. Kadfly blogged:
A quiet morning stroll down Beijing Street turned into running away with a crowd of Tibetans as an empty PLA convoy pulled through. Maybe 100 meters further there was a massive crowd of Tibetans surrounding a narrow alleyway. As it turned out, they were throwing stones and abuse at PLA soldiers who were blockading the passage to a monastery. . . .
Kadfly, Lhasa Burning, March 14, 2008. Kadfly, (text, photos, video)
Kadfly and commentary by Jotman, The live-blogger of Tibet responds to allegations photo and video depict fake rioters, Jotman.com (text, photos, video)

A Shenzhen girl, How Can I Forget Lhasa, March 14, posted on ifeng on March 18, 2008, translation by ESNW posted March 23. A Shenzhen girl working in a eyeglass store in Lhasa reported:
A new American-style fast food restaurant named Dicos had just opened up this year on Youth Road. Several dozen Tibetan youth regarded that this was their main target. Of course, they were not going to spare the stores around it either. They threw rocks and applied force continuously. Behind them, the police tried to stop them without much effect. . . .

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Former Thai PM Thaksin returns to Bangkok

Jotman blogged about Thaksin's return to Bangkok after over a year in exile. The Thai Prime Minister had deposed in a coup. I blogged: "We love Thaksin," was a phrase I heard more than once. However, Thaksin's stay in Thailand would be short-lived, a few months later, facing a court conviction, he would decide to flee Thailand once again.

Jotman, Exiled Thai leader Thaksin arrives in Thailand, Jotman.com (text, photos, 2 videos)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Attacks against the Hazara of Afghanistan

Live-blogging is a means of publicizing events that the mainstream media does not cover. Although Afghanistan has received a lot of press coverage, the suffering of Afghanistan's Hazara minority under the Taliban was largely ignored, and members of this six-million strong Afghan minority continuee to be oppressed.

Fortunately, Frontline blogger Alex Strick van Linschoten is there live, updating us on this little-known but severe humanitarian issue from Afghanistan. Van Linschoten bogs:
The story is so small and on such a local level that nobody is particularly interested. With an ever-growing insurgency, are international readers really interested in a conflict within the conflict, in which there are no international actors, nor anyone the ‘international community’ need particularly pay heed to… Even within Afghanistan, it doesn’t merit any attention from local journalists. This is undoubtedly on account of ethnic biases against the purported ‘victims’, the Hazaras.
Alex Strick van Linschoten, Behsud: Kuchi atrocities? From the Frontline (text, photos)

The Hazara People, Wikipedia