Something is happening: people protest against the traffic police’s corruption

I think this picture, published on Nation website, is striking.

And what about this one…

Drivers of some 300 ten-wheeled trucks on Monday blocked two inbound lanes of the six-lane BangnaTrat road, demanding police stop collecting “tea money” from them. (Nation)

A few comments :
-3000 at a rally to protest against the corruption of the police ? It’s an impressive number.

-you need courage to attend such a rally… but the anger must be so deep that people are able to overcome their fear. That’s a sign.

-the police in Thailand is definitely a problem.  We all know (to some extend) the amazing corruption that lashes its ranks.

So to see such protests, with women, in the village, and from professsional truck drivers, is really striking. It could be the signal that the people are fed up : enough is enough !

Rise up Thailand ! Rise up !

Honestly : those 2 news, in less than 1 week, fill me with pure joy. The decent thai people start to understand that what they endure is not normal. Le’ts hope this silent majority will become very loud.

And for once : Change, Yes We Can.

9 Responses to “Something is happening: people protest against the traffic police’s corruption”


  1. 1 KJ 23 February 2010 at 7:11 am

    We have a Thai Policeman terrorizing the management of our condo building because they are attempting to collect his late common fees.
    Board members and manager are under assault from this cop for months.

  2. 2 Mr. V 23 February 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Hear hear!!!!!

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  3. 3 Pricilla 23 February 2010 at 6:18 pm

    It is refreshing to see the average people who get screwed by the police protesting. Problem is of course protesting to the higher up will fall on deaf ears as they are either getting a cut or too absorbed in their own rorts to care. Go even higher up and the same thing applies but multiplied.

  4. 4 KJ 23 February 2010 at 9:00 pm

    A close friend of mine has owned a popular pub/restaurant on Silom for 44 years.
    The cops are “out of control these days” they tell me.
    …and all types of authorities stopping by for inspections(bribes).
    Anarchy is near.

  5. 5 ThaiCrisis 23 February 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I think many of us share this feeling : it’s in the air.

    There is a nefarious “atmosphere”…. It’s like : “take all what you can now, It won’t last” attitude, or spirit.

    Confronted to such emergency… ethics (or what is left of it) has totally vanished.

  6. 6 Avadar 24 February 2010 at 1:11 am

    It´s obvious that things are “going down” these day´s in Thailand.

    It´s in the air… hopefully it will lead to a better and more wholesome country.

    But it´s really up to the common Thai person if changes will be for good or not. No true freedom comes without sacrifices and in order to brake the chain´s of oppression there need´s to a revolution, a bloody one, I´m afraid.

    You can not do it half way through and think chances will follow. You need to go all the way and that will demand blood running through the street´s (it is doing that already but within closes walls and hidden) and a lot of people, elite people, will be running away from Thailand soon.

    Let´s hope the Thai people have the strength and wisdom to finally act and follow it through because it can´t get any worse then it is now. The Junta in Thailand is no better then the Junta in Burma, it´s only wearing cutter mask to show to the outside world….which is actually more damaging because many people still believe the myth that Thailand is a democratic country.

  7. 7 Pip 24 February 2010 at 3:43 am

    If only more Thais would protest more often about the actions of certain Police Officers, then maybe slowly things would start to change. They should also pay the Police and decent and fair salary but punish them more harshly when they are caught taking bribes.

  8. 8 SiamRick 24 February 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Hey this is good news. And I haven’t read these news items anywhere else. Congrats, TC.

    I can’t imagine what it is like for a Thai who must, day in, day out, hand over a bit of his or her tiny hard-earned pay to some BS cop or bureaucrat. I’ve been scammed by these shrink-wrapped thugs with badges. It’s the only time I thought I’d lose my jai yen.

  9. 9 Insanity 9 March 2010 at 4:59 pm

    MUST READ

    Thailand’s Blue Diamond Heist: Still a Sore Point

    …….Despite the deaths, the police tried to return the gems that weren’t yet sold by Kriangkrai in an official visit to Saudi Arabia, hoping this would end the scandal. It didn’t take long, however, for Saudi Arabia to claim that most of the returned goods were imitation baubles. To add insult to injury, local press reported rumors of photos of the wives of bureaucrats wearing new diamond necklaces at a charity gala, ones awfully similar to ones taken from the Saudi royalty…

    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1969920,00.html?xid=rss-topstories


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