Olympic Tourch Run in Thailand

(Photo: Alexander)

Photos of the Bangkok torch run - April 19, 2008

(Photo: Alexander)

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Thai security keeps torch protests in check - CNN, April 19, 2008

A reader mentions: Not mentioned in the story is that pro-Chinese demonstrators vastly outnumbered pro-Tibet ones and that when someone tried to unfurl Tibetan flags, Chinese officials ripped them out of the protester's hands; that was reported on BBC Television.

Police threaten to arrest Olympic protesters - The Nation, April 17, 2008
Those who disrupt the Olympic torch run in Bangkok Saturday will be unconditionally arrested and charged with causing public disturbance, police spokesman Pol Lt General Watcharaphol Prasarnratchakij said Thursday.
Foreign protestors will have their rights for immediate residence and their future entry in Thailand revoked, and those with also Thai nationality will have it revoked permanently.
...Free Tibet Network member Pokpong Lawansiri disagrees with the stance against pro-Tibet protests.
"Under the Constitution, an individual - local or foreigner - has the right to rally for a cause," he says. "Peaceful rally should be allowed"...

(Photo: Greg)

Above and below: Greg sends these photos from Wong Wien Odeon and notes: Strange feeling - it's the first time in my life that any government has stopped me from doing something that's supposed to be a guarantee under a 'democracy'... another nail in the coffin for democracy in Thailand, I guess.

(Photo: Greg)

Cruise of Thailand's cultural heritage -- Olympic torch relay route in Bangkok - Xinhua, April 17, 2008
The designed route of the April 19 Olympic torch relay in Bangkok embodies Thailand's traditional culture and history...

Thailand sets flexible route to ensure security for Olympic torch run - AP, April 17, 2008
...They also said they were prepared to shorten or change the torch relay route if protesters threaten to cause chaos, as they have in other cities...

Thai CSOs organise Tibet torch protest to highlight China’s human rights abuses - ForumAsia, April 12, 2008
...The Free Tibet Network and a coalition of Thai civil-society organisations are urging people to join a “No Torch in Tibet” march in Bangkok on April 19 in protest against the Chinese government’s refusal to stop the Olympic torch relay through Tibet in June, a land still awash in the blood spilled in China’s recent crackdown.

And a map of the route is here.

From NoTorch: Preparatory meeting to prepare for the protest of the Olympic torch relay
Free Tibet Network, together with Thai Labour Campaign, Social Critic Group - Chulalongkorn University, Workers Democracy Group, Social Democracy Study Group - Thammasat University, Young People for Democracy - Thailand, would like to invite all student activists, NGO activists, and peace-lovers to join the preparatory meeting to prepare for the protest of the Olympic torch relay (which is set to be held on Saturday 19 April).
The meeting will be held at the Students Christian Center (SCC) near Rajathewi BTS Station at Thursday 17 April 2008, at 7.00 pm.
For more information, please contact 086 603 8844, 081 176 3110 and http://notorch.blogspot.com/

Thailand assures smooth passages for olympic torch relay - Bernama, April 11, 2008
The Thai government, which will conduct the Olympic torch relay next week, believes there will be no violent protests over China's crackdown in Tibet as had happened in some other cities, Thailand's news agency TNA reported...

(Billboard for the San Francisco protest)

Will there be protest in Bangkok? - April 9, 2008
The torch comes to Bangkok on April 19...

The Official Website of the Torch Relay
Torch in Bangkok section of the Official Olympics site
Thailand pledges to ensure smooth torch run in capital
Submit your best wishes for the torch relay
Reporters without Borders Olympic campaign

Left: Official logo

Right: One of several protest logos for the games

And on this page, a photo of Thailand's "Grand Palace?"
Suthinee notes: Actually the wat in that picture is in Phrae Province Amphur Denchai.

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