Sunday night PAD protest

Sunday night PAD protest


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Anti-PAD protesters on the south side of Democracy Monument intersection yelling at the PAD crowd.

Sunday night PAD protest

Also: All the earlier rallies - High tension in Thailand

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Protesters throwing things - May 25, 2008
Raw, unedited footage of a small group of about 40 anti-PAD protesters (right side of the street) throwing things at PAD protesters (left side of the street) at Democracy Monument in Bangkok.

Not the Nation: People’s Alliance for Democracy Protests Against People, Alliances, and Democracy
...As an expression of their democratic principles, the PPP supporters pelted the PAD with bottles, rocks and plastic bags full of feces before being pushed back by police. The PAD, in response, exhibited their traditional defense of Thai values by turning up the volume on their loudpeakers and chanting insults about their opponents’ masculinity. Meanwhile, neutral passers-by showed their civic spirit by cursing at both sides to stop blocking traffic.

Police fail in their job to protect - Bangkok Post, May 28, 2008
Acting National Police chief Pol Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwan owes society a clear explanation for the poor performance of his subordinates in handling the protest by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) _ and the counter-protest by the pro-government group at the Democracy Monument _ over the weekend. On the surface, the two sides appear to be fighting over the 2007 Constitution _ whether to keep it or to change it. But we all know that deep down the conflict is all about that one controversial man named Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister and de facto leader of the People Power party...

Crowd size - May 25, 2008
[We estimate the rally at its height at Democracy Monument was perhaps 15,000.]
Bangkok Post: The protest, which drew about 5,000 demonstrators, was to continue overnight and today.
TOC (ASTV): Ten of thousands of People's Alliance for Democracy supporters joined the massive street protest at the symbolic Democracy monument.


Size of the Friday crowd? - May 30, 2008
The Nation: About 8,000 people join PAD rally Friday evening
TOC reports 25,000
Bangkok Post: ...PAD leader Sondhi Limthongkul, along with other core leaders, went on stage yesterday evening and read out a statement attacking the PPP-led coalition government to the cheers of over 10,000 supporters of the alliance who gathered at Makawan Rangsan bridge...


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After the second round of water bottle throwing, police line up in front of the anti-PAD group.


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The PAD crowd gathered around Democracy Monument.


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PAD stage



Reporting on the Sunday night rally

Komchedleuk, May 27, 2008
Yellow headline: Members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy gather on the Makawan Rangsan Bridge
White headline: Two mobs fight aggressively
Smaller white headline: Throwing feces, rocks, punching and hitting others - Fearing that a third party may cause trouble

Khao Sod, May 27, 2008
People’s Alliance for Democracy members fight against members of the National United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship – the police block them from bursting into the Government House

Daily News, May 27, 2008
The main headline with white letters: Turning on the Rak Kan Wai Terd song to awaken good conscience – Two mobs violently attack each other [The song tells people to love each other because they are all Thais living in Thailand.]

Matichon, May 27, 2008
Members of the National United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship chasing and hitting the People’s Alliance for Democracy’s members – about 100 people injured – about ten seriously [No other outlets reported this level of injury. Matichon's later editions the same day omitted this injury information.]

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