Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Armed and dangerous in Bangkok
IT'S not a very good time to be in Bangkok. The government has declared a state of emergency following violent clashes between pro and anti government supporters. The street fights have left one dead and many more injured. Many roads have been blocked and literally taken over by the protestors. Pictures coming in from Bangkok have showed angry protesters walking around with parangs. Thousands of protestors who occupied the compund of the Prime Minister's Office have refused to leave as pressure is being mounted for Samak Sundaravej to quit. The defiant PM has insisted he has done nothing wrong and that he won't resign as he has been legally elected by the people. But his aggressive nature has not helped cool down the political temperature in Thailand. No one is sure how the army intends to clear the protestors off the streets but the worse has yet to come. The messages coming in from Bangkok is that no one is ruling out a military take-over if the violence continues.
Click on visual for photo gallery posted on Star Online.