Bangkok
April 15
2009

After
the Reds
Had Left


Bangkok, April 15, 2009, After the Reds Had Left



by Kanda P.


The unrest ended peacefully, thanks to the government. In addition, we got two unexpected extra holidays to celebrate what we had missed for Songkran.   On the morning of April 15, 2009, we went downtown to see how fast Bangkok recovered from the "shock".   All pics were taken from inside our car mostly by me, who can never have a good control of any cameras.

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We drove on the roads where the soldiers had marched with their guns and shields to disperse the angry protesters.   We saw the wooden houses where the mobs had confronted the outraged locals.


We did not expect to see any remnants of burned buses but we did see dark patches on the roads where the mob had burned the buses with the intention of blocking the roads.
blackened street


Painting and cleaning were carried out right after the government regained the control.
painting

cleaning


Nevertheless, I hope the soldiers can return to where they are supposed to be before we get used to constantly seeing them around in the city center!

Around Victory Monument where the Reds had gathered.
Patrolling

Patrolling

Patrolling

Patrolling

Patrolling

VictoryMonument

Patrolling

Patrolling

Patrolling

Patrolling

Patrolling


This one belonged to the police.
police


It was good to see them relaxed, not tensed.
These were taken near Sapan Khao and UN building (United Nations Conference Centre ).
relaxed

relaxed

relaxed

relaxed

relaxed

relaxed

relaxed


The square in front of Ananda Samakhom Hall was empty.
It had been very crowded with angry people and tensed soldiers.
the square

the square


Almost all the soldiers and policemen on the streets that we saw were in a relaxed mood.
relaxed

relaxed

relaxed


This pic was taken outside Khao Din Zoo ( "Dusit Zoo").
relaxed


This belonged to the Police.   Not seen often in peaceful time!
The dark color of the vehicle looked a bit too awesome.
police

We followed the truck for a while.
police


On the way to Sanam Luang.
It looked normal...
We have free buses in Bangkok.   I myself have never tried these yet.
FreeBus

Democracy Monument.
DemocracyMonument


I was so glad to see things back to normal and that people were able to enjoy Songkran regardless of what had happened.
DemocracyMonument

DemocracyMonument

Songkran

Songkran

Songkran

Songkran

Songkran


We passed by Poo Kao Thong ("Golden Mountain", or Wat Saket ).
PooKaoThong


And we saw lots of tourists both the Thais and the foreigners at Wat Phra Kaew, or the Emerald Temple.
WatPraKaew

WatPraKaew
For your info, the UFO thing in the sky was of course not a UFO.
Our car was splashed with water + talc.   You know, Songkran!

tourists

tourists

tourists

tourists


We saw them at the entrance to Khao san road, too.
In the evening we saw TONS of people splashing water on Silom Road and many other places, but we did not take any pictures.


And funny thing is, no one wore red.

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UPDATE:

Well I had thought we could relax for a while after the reds went home. 

Guess what? The Yellow-shirt leader was shot yesterday (April-17-2009)!   Luckily he survived.

For your info, this is about him at Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonthi_Limthongkul

Scroll down the page you can find the part that says "Assassination attempt".

Who did it?   The Reds?

What were the soldiers and the policemen that were all over the cities doing?

Now I am inclined to listen to any conspiracy theories.

This is not funny.......
 


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