Wednesday, May 19, 2010

May 19: Thailand crackdown and the burning of Bangkok

The Thai capital is now enveloped in smoke.  Throughout the city, shopping malls, movie theaters, banks, and media organizations have caught fire and some have burned to the ground. There have been many explosions and shootings. It would appear that journalists are being targeted by red shirts. "Black shirt" snipers roam the streets. Soldiers have been instructed to shoot anyone causing disorder. Some Bangkok residents have begun to evacuate the city. Other residents are prisoners of their homes, many going without electricity.

In the northern city of Chiang Mai soldiers have opened fire on people gathered on a bridge. In the large northeastern town of Udon Thani, protesters have taken over the government building.  France 24 reports that "Along with the province of Ubon Ratchathani (its capital is of the same name), 21 other provinces (out of the country's 76) have been placed under a state of emergency. Most of them are in the northeast of the country, the heartland of the Red Shirts."

As always, blue indicates those who blogged events live in real time, red indicates persons reporting "there live" from the streets.

Mong Palatino, Thailand: arson in Bangkok, protests spread to other provinces (New)

Bangkok Pundit, Breaking: Military move in on protest site UDPATE: LIVE BLOG

Jotman, Bangkok is burning: live-blogging May 19 - many firsthand twitter reports, sorted by time and topic.

New Mandala community, Burning, curfew

Thai Report, hourly timeline, videos

Reuters, Timeline of May 19, Live-blog Bangkok 

Keng, A paramedic’s account of the 19 May slaughter - "Bullets were fired right at the medical tent, Keng said." (New) 

Andrew BuncombeEyewitness: Under fire in Thailand - "I cannot believe they are shooting in a temple." (New)

Steve TicknerAustralian reporter hides out in Buddhist temple (New) -

Mark MacKinnon, The revolution shall be tweeted (New),  In a Bangkok Temple, the groans of the wounded shot seeking sanctuary (New) - "... a place of death and terror as perhaps 1,500 civilians huddled inside." 

Bangkok Post, Unholly night in the temple compound (New)

Florian "Flo", A Dark 19 of May  - "a group of six red shirts chased me, threw me off my motorbike and tried to get the camera."

New Mandala, Ubon Ratchathani  red shirt protests turn violent  - "Suddenly two loud explosions were heard and the crowd very quickly did an about face and came running back to the main protest site."

Simon Roughneen, Bangkok Eyewitness – hardcore protestors run amok as army moves in

Nirmal GhoshThai army moves in, slowly and Showdown at Ratchaprasong - "... the state of affairs at the epicenter at Ratchaprasong, will remain engraved in the memory of many for years to come, and have a deep bearing on the future of Thailand."

Claudio, After the dispersal - May 19 part 1- "In red painting, a haunting but polite question: “Father, where are you?

Memock, Ubon Ratchathani Provincial Office gutted by fire, "Red Shirts" still fighting, burn down city hall  - "...the protestors also set fire to this fire engine as it was on its way to the scene."

Thilo Thielke The day the Thai army moved in (via GJBKK) - "Snipers from a side street were targeting us..." (New)

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