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Plunder Blog! Resume from Thailand

 A friend from Thailand a few days ago sent me this. I was around on a book tour and I found no time to post. I do it now, it is still interesting stuff even if already out of the official media...

 

Just another update from Thailand.  As many of you may have heard, the protestors have now left the airports and the authorities are working on resuming full function of both airports.  These protestors have been protesting for several months, 24 hours a day, believing that their voices will be heard and that the collective group can peacefully end the corrupt regime.  They remained at the three sites, the two airports and the government house, despite almost daily bomb attacks by the government.  Each day, I kept hearing more news about these women and elders being killed and their limbs being lost (it's a shame that the foreign press doesn't report the source of attacks on these people).  It has been unbelievable.  As much as many disagree with the airports being shut down, it should be recalled that these protestors have not once used any violence despite repeated attacks against them.  Well, they have now succeeded. A quick recap of how this finally came to an ended...The country has been in a deadlock for over a week.  The protestors won't leave the airports unless the PM resigns, the PM refused to resign but instead has resorted to hiding in Chiang Mai.  At the same time, neither the police force, nor the army would follow the PM's order to disperse the crowd (you would think that at this point, the PM would have realized that he has lost control of the government and the country but some people are just stubborn!).  The only way to resolve the conflict at that point was through the court.  Fortunately, the Constitutional Court has rules (9 to 0) that the political party of the PM, and two other parties, have engaged in election fraud.  Therefore, the Court dissolved the three political parties and banned the parties' executives, including the evil PM, from running for any office for 5 years.  At the announcement of the judgment, the crowd cheered on, cried, celebrated their last night at the airports.  The sentiment was very much like when Obama won the election.  After they have been bombed by the government almost nightly, they finally won!  Let's see what the next chapter holds for Thailand. I wanted to share some photos from the airport so you can get a feel of what the atmosphere was like.  Contrary to what has been reported in foreign press, the scene inside was like a temple fair!   
At the entrance of the protest site, the People's Alliance for Democracy have armed themselves with pee bombs  in plastic bags to fight off the police and army, who have been using Vietnam war grenades. 

Here is the booth of translators to assist foreigners. These are tents where reporters sleep. Taking a family stroll inside the airport. As you can see, the protestors include children, teenage girls, and even dogs! Below is the station to come and charge your cell phone when it's out of battery... Here is the station to receive donations from supporters of the People's Alliance for Democracy.  There are mountains of instant noodles and pretty much anything you can think of.  It wouldn't be Thailand without a night market.  Here you can buy People's Alliance for Democracy t-shirts, hand-clapping devices (to cheer on the speakers), and even fake hand bags.   Food stands...free food donated by supporters.   The crowd of protesters cheer on with their hand-clapping devices!  As you can see, this is a group of mostly women. On the back side, people are picnicking and sleeping.Here is a meditation group.  "If we concentrate enough on our thoughts, may be the evil PM will resign!" 

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It's sort of sad.....they

It's sort of sad.....they ousted Thaksin a couple of years ago...and ended up with someone much worse.   There is great, justified, concern over what will happen after the King cedes the throne....he has been the one stabilizing influence preventing chaos from reigning supreme.  Evidently the heir apparent is a known reprobate....the King himself is aware of this, and would like the throne to pass to his daughter, who is a fine young woman who would continue the progressive course of Thailand.   It could all end overnight if the prodigal son gets in.

 The shame is further exacerbated when the incredibly gentle Thai people are compelled to protest in such a manner....it's definitely not their nature...but enough is enough.

 I just hope and pray they get a good queen. :)

eric