Cartoon backdrop on the main stage - It shows Thaksin sitting atop a Samak head modeled after the demon named Rahoo that causes eclipses. On either side of the Samak head are government politicians.
Thaksin sits on Samak's head and says: Lots of fun!
Under the Samak head: Thailand belongs to me.
On the red flag: Thief state get out.
To the left of the Samak head: Stop selling the nation.
On the foot on the left: Farmer
On the hand on the left: Laborer
On the hand on the right: Intellectual people
On the foot on the right: Poor people
On the hand on the right at the bottom: Students
Sunday morning at the PAD protest - June 1, 2008
Also: Map of the area
It reads: No entry for all vehicles after 16:00
Flags for the crowd to wave
Collecting signatures for impeachment of MPs who supported a constitutional change
Women preparing a vegetarian breakfast for the crowd
Young children in blue Santi Asoke uniforms eat breakfast while other people take a nap in the shade
Monks having their morning meal - These are Santi Asoke monks that wear brown color outer robes and eat vegetarian food. They are part of Chumlong Srimuang's group that is participating in the protests.
The protest was stopped in front of the United Nations building.
The main stage - Left (a quotation from a poem): "Fight for building the free way. The more it is dark, the more the paddy sprouts bloom challenging" - written by Jiranan Pitrpricha
Right: Overthrow the Thaksin regime. Chase the puppet government. Thaksin get out!
Banner under the stage level: E-Pen [Jakrapob] got out - When will Samak go?
The red lettering below reads: Thief politician
It reads: Thailand will has no way to be developed if the "grassroots" do not know about politics.
Police line at the north side of the protest site
It reads: Police state - You can take a photo for a memorial
Homemade riot shields to counter police attempts to disperse the crowd
A Saturday to remember...
Govt cancels to use forces to disperse protesters: Chalerm - The Nation, May 31, 2008
CNN's take: Thai PM threatens forces on protesters
Some 150 motorcyclists with green headband gather at Sanam Luang: police - The Nation, May 31, 2008
Police offer to help PAD relocate rally site - The Nation, May 31, 2008
Deputy police spokesman Pol Maj Gen Surapol Thuanthong said police were talking to the leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy to help them relocate to a new rally site...
PAD forms lines of 100 guards around protest site - The Nation, May 31, 2008
GoogleEarth Placemark for the location
Thread on this situation is here.
And we have to note The Nation's headline for Saturday: 'Easing of political tension' (although few expected PM Samak's surprise announcement this morning that the protests must stop and the PPP will renew attempts to amend the constitution)
200 anti-riot police deployed at Education Ministry - The Nation, May 31, 2008
Urgent: Metropolitan police chief says protesters to be dispersed today - The Nation, May 31, 2008Police will deal with protesters, PAD leaders set to surrender - TNA, May 31, 2008
PM: no coup, constitution will be revised, protest must halt - TNA, May 31, 2008
Stressing that there will be no couip d'etat as he ordered anti-government activists of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to halt their protest, Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej on Saturday said his government would continue to push to rewrite the 2007 constitution...
PM threatens to crack down on protesters - Bangkok Post, May 31, 2008
..."I'm here to say that I will take legal action against them because they have no right to be there. I won't let you, nor will police and soldiers," he said.
"The country needs peace. The rally has caused damages to investment," he added. "I need to take away this scar. You have the right (to protest), but you have to do it somewhere else..."
Earlier: High tension in Thailand
- The little people are corrupt
- Helping the rice farmers
- Do you know how to live?
- Thailand caught in the middle
- Help out or win out?
- Words won’t stop the attack
- While keeping a votive tablet in the mouth
- Profiting from being military
- We will straighten this out
- Suriya chemical is the most dangerous
- Knives out for Sudarat