The police is humiliated


Situation around Suvarnabhumi airport became tense on Saturday morning after police set up barriers and checkpoints on all roads leading to the airport to prevent more protesters from coming to the airport.

The measures were implemented after Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat issued state of emergency issued on Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi Airports which were under seizure of the protesters since last week.

However the protesters managed to make police retreat from all roads after about half and hour heat negotiation. (Nation)

The police now negociates… its own retreat ! 😉

A plainclothes policewoman was nearly lynched by angry protesters at the Don Mueang Airport Saturday afternoon after she was identified and captured by guards of the People’s Alliance for Democracy. […]

The guards had to shield her from attacks. Many protesters took her picture and hurled abuses at her. She was taken to a taxi and allowed to leave. (Nation)

I wrote yesterday : “what could be the state of mind of the basic police officer ? He’s shitting in his pants, this is the reality”.

I start to think that it was an understatement… With the very strong idea now that the gvt is going to collapse on december 2… which officer (police or army) would take a risk to please a boss… who could just disappear in a few days ?

Reuters has a very good “feature article“. WIth just a few words, we can catch some vital informations. Better than very long speeches. Here is the beginning :

Thailand’s government may have imposed emergency law over Bangkok’s besieged Suvarnabhumi airport, but it was not stopping a steady stream of people driving up on Saturday to support the anti-government push.

Police armed with automatic rifles blocked one road to the $4 billion complex, one of the world’s largest airports, but were totally absent from other routes, including the main five-lane expressway leading directly to the blockaded terminal.[…] (Reuters)

Humiliated is indeed an understatement. “Clowns” would be good too… 😉

A frightening void.

9 Responses to “The police is humiliated”


  1. 1 tsr 29 November 2008 at 9:27 am

    Welcome to Bangkok airport – no passport needed
    Sat Nov 29, 2008 4:03am EST

    http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssFinancialServicesAndRealEstateNews/idUSBKK8934620081129

    When Reuters starts poking fun at the police…..

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 29 November 2008 at 9:35 am

    A very good “feature article”.

    We need those.

  3. 3 davidb98 29 November 2008 at 10:07 am

    The majority of the Thai population is now politically awake so I confidently claim that, whatever the short term vagaries of the situation that the power and authority of the majority of the people of Thailand will prevail.

    The old, traditional families should recognise the realities and instead of wasting their time and wealth, and the wealth of Thailand, in fighting against the future they should direct their energies and capabilities to learning to live in the new democratic Thailand.

  4. 4 thaichris 29 November 2008 at 10:45 am

    @davidb98

    I fully agree. And that is why we need a disolution of the parlament and new elections. Hopefully the Thai population is mature enough and sends the polititians which ruled this country for the last 30 years (Banharn & family, Snoh & family, Newin & family, Chavalit, Thaksin & family & driver & maid, Chalerm & sons, Kuwit, etc.) to hell and elect a new generation of MPs.

  5. 5 fall 29 November 2008 at 11:13 am

    The old, traditional families should recognise the realities… should direct their energies and capabilities to learning to live in the new democratic Thailand.

    “If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.”

  6. 6 FDL 29 November 2008 at 11:20 am

    Why can’t unwanted leaders take the lesson to heart that when they can no longer govern is the good time to quit. Leaders once they take office should always keep the mindset that their stay will never ever be permanent . . . Their term of office expires the moment these leaders have lost the ‘trust’ of a large segment, not necessarily the majority, of the population.

    Somchai Wongsawat will you please stick your head out from your bunker and listen. The Thai people no longer trust you to lead them period.

  7. 7 Bkk Businessman 29 November 2008 at 12:08 pm

    TC: ‘I fully agree. And that is why we need a disolution of the parlament and new elections. Hopefully the Thai population is mature enough and sends the polititians which ruled this country for the last 30 years (Banharn & family, Snoh & family, Newin & family, Chavalit, Thaksin & family & driver & maid, Chalerm & sons, Kuwit, etc.) to hell and elect a new generation of MPs.’

    Quite so!

  8. 8 Charles Frith 29 November 2008 at 5:04 pm

    It strikes me that the police bungled the attempt so that the follow up can be done with the caveat that they ‘tried peaceful measures’ first. Wait and see.

  9. 9 Bedwyr 30 November 2008 at 1:04 am

    Charles, hi.

    I think you credit the police with too many smarts. They ran because Thais run when confronted. The police, the army, makes no difference. “Yah boo sucks” bluster is generally all they can run to unless there are 4 police abducting a lawyer or something, then they are super-heros.

    Would have been nice to catch that on camera though.

    Bedwyr


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