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, (text, photos)

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