50 000 security forces deployed in Bangkok

Starting Wednesday night, a total of 50,000 soldiers, police, civilians and volunters had been deployed for peace-keeping operations. They include 30,000 troops.

He said they are not equipped with weapons, but have protective gear. Members of the peace-keeping forces have a clear authentication tag, he said.

Only a few companies of special forces, on special missions, were armed, he said. (Bangkok Post)

This number is simply huge. Even if we discard the “civilians”, a total of 30 000 troops is huge.

And it’s very difficult to know if it’s a fantasy, a reality, a propaganda trick, or a mixing, in order to discourage people from joining the Red Shirts rallye.

Add to this apparatus in the capital, deployments upcountry. For instance :

A crucial place to watch is the checkpoint at Pratunam Phra In in Ayutthaya where four battalions of security forces have been deployed to block the red shirts, Jatuporn said. (Nation)

The atmosphere is surreal, stakes are high, media frenzy is at its maximum.

4 Responses to “50 000 security forces deployed in Bangkok”

  1. 1 Tarrin 12 March 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Wow I didnt see they deploy that much troop when they are dealing with… say… the deep south and the neighbor? what a joke,

  2. 2 Pricilla 12 March 2010 at 6:16 pm

    The Deep South and neighbor have no chance of forming a government and getting their snouts in the public money trough, thus they are not the real danger. The danger is losing government and the money train that supplies, though in all fairness this isn’t a unique Thai concern.

    Get the impression the Dems/Army/Yellow/and Other coalition are looking for fight, they have certainly ramped up the rhetoric. They may be right that the Reds are too, guess we will find out soon enough.

    Never a dull moment here in the Land of Smiles.

  3. 3 thaichris 13 March 2010 at 10:59 am

    Maybee an overkill – but as the reds openly called for violence, it is better to be prepared. And as you see in the YOUTUBE video referenced bellow, the reds are willing to use force:

    By the way – why you don’t comment the behaviour of the so called ‘red army’? Or is it only a bunch of paid mercenaries as documented in the following video?

    Would be great if your columne is balanced not only blaming one side about the crisis? Both sides play there game.

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 13 March 2010 at 3:01 pm

    You are perfectly right : I blame over and over again the gvt side. Why ? Because I always did it.

    -Thaksin when he was PM
    -The Junta and Surayud (when I started this blog)
    -the infamous Samak (read my past posts : I was pounding hard)
    -The empty Somchai
    -and since last december the dashing Abhisit

    I don’t like governments. All of them.

    It’s a basic principle for me : distrust of those who hold public offices.

    But distrust doesn’t imply a possible change. I would be happy to change my mind. But in matter of politics, governments are so corrupted (in Asia and western countries as well), that… I never have had the occasion.


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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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