Red Protests – May 21, 2010

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(Source: YouTube video)

"Bangkok ablaze" - YouTube, May 21, 2010

Dramatic collection of the Red Shirt revolutionary threats. First from the 2009 Songkran riots and then from the May 2010 events. Some of 2009 quotes were part of "people's decrees" read out from the stage saying any law could be violated in service of the revolution. Ironically the Songkran 2009 rhetoric overall was much hotter than from the rallies this year.

(Source: YouTube video)

Earlier: Nuttawut threatens to burn the city (with English subtitles) - YouTube, May 20, 2010
Earlier: Arisman urges protesters to be ready to burn the city (with English subtitles) - YouTube, May 20, 2010
Earlier: Jeff Savage threatens to burn down Central World - YouTube, May 20, 2010

(Source: YouTube video)

Thaksin still stands amid Thai turmoil - WSJ, May 21, 2010
...At other times, he lashes out at the soldiers and royalist bureaucrats who toppled him from power, urging on his so-called Red Shirt followers to launch a full-blown revolt and regain control of Thailand. He regularly extols his followers via video links, Twitter and other media to take on the authorities. Government investigators go further and say he has provided significant financial support for Thailand's antigovernment movement.
People on both sides of Thailand's political divide with knowledge of the negotiations say that Mr. Thaksin's interventions—which they say included a number of new demands that ended up slowing the talks intended to end the standoff—delayed an agreement for elections that might have enabled the protesters to call off their months long rally. His machinations prompted the most senior Red Shirt negotiator to quit in frustration, according to these people...

From Daily News, May 21, 2010

The headline reads: Thailand in tragedy - Chaotic city torched - turns ruined
CRES rally dispersal led to clashes at flash points - UDD leaders surrounded themselves - Curfew announced - Torching tremendously ruined Central World
On the banner across the very top: 2 hot campaigns of Daily News for World Cup football match to win live tickets 'sport page' - 41 million winning opportunity, cut the coupons, page 2

A farewell to Siam Theatre - The Nation, May 21, 2010

Mop-up operation in Bangkok under way - Irish Times, May 21, 2010
...Rumours swirl in the capital. Many say the Black Shirt hardcore rioters were made up of Khmer mercenaries from Cambodia. I witnessed one fighter with elaborate Khmer style tattoos on his neck and arms, but these are also popular in Thailand...

Burmese lottery shut down by burning of Thai stock exchange - The Irrawaddy, May, 2010
...The winning numbers in the lottery are based on the last two digits of the SET Index, and are picked four times a day: at 9:30 in the morning, 12:10 in the afternoon, 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm, when the stock exchange closes.
The updated prices are televised on Thai channels Modernine TV and ITV, available to cable subscribers from Thailand's MCOT Public Company...

(Photo: Bernd Mechsner)

Update 2: Expat’s Eye-witness Report: Ratchaprasong -, May 21, 2010

From Krungthep Turakit, May 21, 2010

The headline reads: Torching the city
World Trade-Paragon-Siam-SET-Channel 3 suffered arson ruin
Bangkok under curfew - Ratchaprasong dispersal led to 5 dead and 42 injured

From Matichon, May 21, 2010

The headline reads: 27 spots under city torch - Core leaders turn themselves over to police - Mob turns wild - Uncontrollable chaos spreads to the whole city - 24 provinces announced under curfew
Town pavilions in 4 provinces torched in Red fury

From Thai Rath, May 21, 2010

The headline reads: Town torched in ruin - Soldiers tackled [the situation] - Rally end
Chatuporn-Nutthawut turned themselves over to the police - Arisman escape but seized - Reds staged chaos around Bangkok and other provinces - Central World tremendously ruined!

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