Thursday, July 10, 2008

Black Tuesday

There Live:
Nick Nostitz, http://rspas.anu.edu.au/rmap/newmandala/2008/10/11/what-happened-on-7102008/#more-3196

Media Live:
Bangkok Pundit, http://bangkokpundit.blogspot.com/2008/10/tear-gas.html
Tear gas


Context:
http://bangkokpundit.blogspot.com/2008/10/pad-surround-parliament.html
http://jotman.blogspot.com/2008/10/bangkok-nick-nostitzs-live-blog-of.html

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)