The police is humiliated… again

This morning, we had this.

Now, we have that…

Riot police have fled a checkpoint near Bangkok’s main international airport after coming under attack by several hundred anti-government protesters.

About 150 police at the checkpoint jumped into their vehicles and drove away when they saw a convoy of protesters speeding toward them.

The checkpoint was about a mile (2 kilometers) from Suvarnabhumi airport. Protesters have occupied the airport since late Tuesday, forcing the halt of all flights.

Some of the protesters carried guns. Many were armed with metal rods and hit the police vehicles as they drove off, smashing windshields and throwing what appeared to be firecrackers at police.

About 2,000 police were deployed Saturday around the airport. (AP)

This is really going to end badly…

8 Responses to “The police is humiliated… again”


  1. 1 Bedwyr 29 November 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Looking at the video clips on Fonzi’s blog, it seems clear that the situation is far, far worse than is being reported in the Thai English-language press.

    A friend of mine was driving around Bang-Na earlier today, and reported bugger all police anywhere near the main airport entrance roads. And yet, inside the airport there is no security whatever. This surely must mean that international air travel to and from Bangkok will stop pending re-certification.

    Really, this is a complete farce. Even by Thai standards this is crazy.

    And it must now be evident that the palace is supporting these things.

    That is just scary.

    Bedwyr

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 29 November 2008 at 4:45 pm

    It as always been the speech of AOT. They were careful to say that “1 or 2 days” would be necessary to… you know… check everything.
    πŸ˜‰

    The clip of CNN was really an eye-opener for me… “plastic film on the shelves”… Those people can be so neat, right ? They all left, and they perfectly knew that It would take time… πŸ˜‰

    Other surprise : no (apparent) looting. This is strange. The building is so huge, easy to sneak inside… and have some free shopping…

  3. 3 chinesethai 29 November 2008 at 5:02 pm

    ThaiCrisis:

    The Chambers of Commerce throughout the country have issued a joint statement, calling for Somchai to act decisively to remove PAD from the 2 Airports by now or step down either by dissolving the parliament or resigning immediately.

    However, my friend in Chiangmai just told me it appears his wife, Thaksin’s sister Yaowapa, hands him an ultimatum that he stay on in power no matter what to amend the Constitutions!!! UDD Red Shirts, the Government’s de facto security force, will gather at Sanam Luang tomorrow, threatening violence to march to Suvarnabhumi Airport to force PAD off the way.

    So, ThaiCrisis, how can you expect democracy to be working in this country since even their electors don’t even know what they elect their leader for? Do they elect a leader to only bitch about the problem?

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 29 November 2008 at 5:13 pm

    I’m not sure to understand. But basically, of course elections are about bitching. At least, this is how it’s work in Europe for instance.
    πŸ˜‰
    People are unhappy, they’re bitching, and they vote. πŸ˜‰ And at the end of the term, they’re bitching even more, so they vote against the current admninistration. And a new cycle begins…

    Anyway, I think those considerations are not really relevant right now in Thailand.

    We have a big freaking problem, and nobody can foresee an exit.

    Or to put it in another way : ALL THE POSSIBLE EXIT ROUTES are not satisfactory.

  5. 5 chinesethai 29 November 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Can you see now that the time of Royal Succession will not be the end of the turmoil but the beginning of this country’s long-term instability?

    What we are seeing now is just the very Prelude.

  6. 6 Bedwyr 30 November 2008 at 12:52 am

    I wonder what would happen if there were a certain anticipated demise right about now?

    Bedwyr

  7. 7 thaichris 30 November 2008 at 1:37 am

    @TC

    … Other surprise : no (apparent) looting. This is strange. The building is so huge, easy to sneak inside… and have some free shopping …

    Have you ever been to a PAD protest site?. They are perfectly organized. There guard are currently protection the airport. They carefully monitor who goes in and out. They let the CNN guy s in because they know that this would make ‘propaganda’. But they don’t let the PAD protesters into the backstage of the airport. And you also need to understand, that the protesters join PAD to chnage the current political landscape. They are not interessted at looting. It’s not ‘red mob’.

  8. 8 Philly 30 November 2008 at 2:00 am

    Chinesethai, your remarks are RIGHT ON TARGET. We are only seeing a prelude right now.

    My question is, will this end before 5 Dec? My analysis is blood needs to happen before this will be over. When will that take place is the real question.

    With the state of emergency announced, the police will have to shoot and kill a few before PAD moves. Once they kill a few–necessary blood letting, like with a leech–then the RTA will mop up and perform their coup. This should happen before the King’s Birthday.


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Thailand Crisis

Coup, Economic slowdown, Terror In the South... The situation is worsening in Thailand. Bumpy road like often before.

But this time, it's different.

The key to understand the present turmoil is the inevitable... succession of King Bhumibol.


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