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    Wink is there a demonstation in bangkok today????

    hope everything is alright in bangkok today!

    first post on teakdoor thanks for having me xxx/ooo

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    No idea about a demo, but that cat avatar carries a negative aura.

    Welcome aboard.

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    Foreigners warned of Saturday's Thaksin demonstration:
    "Stay home!"
    Read more:
    http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=58962

    Attention American Citizens:

    The Royal Thai Police (RTP) authorities have confirmed that a large demonstration is expected to occur in the area of the King Rama 5 statue, Rajdamneon Avenue, near Sanam Luang and Government House in Bangkok on Saturday, February 4. Police estimate up to 100,000 people will gather in an anti-Thai Prime Minister Thaksin demonstration headed by Sonthi Limthongkul, a prominent Thai government critic. The crowd will include several diverse groups of demonstrators and is expected to start assembling in the morning with no announced starting or ending times. Organizers have not indicated a marching route, should they leave the area.
    Bangkok demonstrations are usually peaceful in nature, but all demonstrations are unpredictable and conditions can change unexpectedly. The RTP has indicated that 2,000 – 3,000 police officers will be on hand to maintain public order. There are concerns that anti-Sonthi groups may attempt to confront the demonstrators, which could lead to violence. For this reason, please do not approach the demonstrators.

    The Embassy encourages all Americans to avoid this area. Should you find yourself in or near the demonstrators, move indoors for shelter until the demonstration has passed, or ask for police assistance to leave the area. While the demonstration is not expected to pass near U.S. Embassy facilities, Embassy entrances and functions may be restricted depending on circumstances.

    For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at
    http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Public Announcements, and Travel Warnings can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-317-472-2328. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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    Kind of makes me want to go when I'm told not to

    Contrary fucker that I am!

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    "The Embassy encourages all Americans to avoid this area. Should you find yourself in or near the demonstrators, move indoors for shelter until the demonstration has passed, or ask for police assistance to leave the area."

    Ask the police for assistance - ha - I'd like to see that!

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    Announcement from the US Embassy - BKK

    Note:

    Attention American Citizens:

    The Royal Thai Police (RTP) authorities have confirmed that a large demonstration is expected to occur in the area of the King Rama 5 statue, Rajdamneon Avenue, near Sanam Luang and Government House in Bangkok on Saturday, February 4. Police estimate up to 100,000 people will gather in an anti-Thai Prime Minister Thaksin demonstration headed by Sonthi Limthongkul, a prominent Thai government critic. The crowd will include several diverse groups of demonstrators and is expected to start assembling in the morning with no announced starting or ending times. Organizers have not indicated a marching route, should they leave the area.

    Bangkok demonstrations are usually peaceful in nature, but all demonstrations are unpredictable and conditions can change unexpectedly. The RTP has indicated that 2,000 - 3,000 police officers will be on hand to maintain public order. There are concerns that anti-Sonthi groups may attempt to confront the demonstrators, which could lead to violence. For this reason, please do not approach the demonstrators.

    The Embassy encourages all Americans to avoid this area. Should you find yourself in or near the demonstrators, move indoors for shelter until the demonstration has passed, or ask for police assistance to leave the area. While the demonstration is not expected to pass near U.S. Embassy facilities, Embassy entrances and functions may be restricted depending on circumstances.

    For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at
    http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Public Announcements, and Travel Warnings can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-317-472-2328. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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    I look forward to that!!!

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    "Should I stay or should I go" "I say, should I stay or should I go" Nice to know my country is looking out for me. Jeez, I hope that information is better than the Pakistan village we bombed when we were looking for Osama's right hand man.

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    Ya, know? If we followed the 'travel advisories' put out by the US foreign affairs dept. i think we'd all stay home and watch reruns of happy days.
    Those were the good ol's eh? No need to go where the action was our gov't and media was lookin' out for us.
    WE bought cigarettes without a care and expected the cops to search without warrant. You know, the days of stingy-brim hats and skinny neckties?
    What ever happened to the days when Americans stayed home like good couch potatoes? Fuckin' adminstration is sure missin' them days aint they?

    Folks, if you can, go to the demonstration, take lots of rocks. Make a day of it.
    When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty -- T. Jefferson


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    Quote Originally Posted by kenkannif
    Kind of makes me want to go out
    This should be etched in gold and framed

    never get KK to any TD dos..but he wants to go the the demo...and probably get trampled by the mob

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    two threads on the same topic guys...merge perhaps

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    Sorry Klong, no merge button on my control panel! Agreed though

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    I go to the TD dos at my house

    You know what I mean though...like a red flag

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    So ken, if we pohibit you from coming tothe Chinagmai TD soiree. you'll feel an irresistable urge to violate that ban?
    Hmm,...

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    Damn that reverse physcology (sp?) gets me everytime.....probably mate (but I only get one day off a week so not reallt doable)

    One day though!

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    ROYAL PLAZA RALLY: Officials ‘prepared to handle protest’
    Published on February 03, 2006
    Anti-Thaksin gathering expected to draw 50,000; thousands of police on standby
    The government has ordered full preparations to pacify and rein in the rally against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra tomorrow at the Royal Plaza, security and intelligence officials said yesterday.
    Organised by government critic Sondhi Limthongkul, the rally is expected to draw around 12,000 hard-core protesters while the crowd of onlookers is expected to surge to about 50,000.
    Many people are expected to show up in a bid to learn more about the tax-free sale of Shin Corp by Thaksin’s family and in-laws.
    Government Spokesman Surapong Suebwonglee said yesterday that Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister Chidchai Vanasatidya would monitor the rally while police would be mobilised to ensure everybody’s safety.
    “We have taken measures to prevent a scenario in which pro-government mobs may come to rally in the same area. We have already asked government-supporter groups not to gather,” he said.
    He said he believes the rally led by Sondhi is unlikely to get out of control and that it had not been deemed necessary to summon military reinforcements.
    Metropolitan Police commissioner Lt-General Wiroj Jantarangsi added that thousands of police would be on standby to ensure that the proceedings progressed peacefully. However, he admitted he was concerned about interference from third parties.
    In a separate interview, the Royal Thai Army’s commander-in-chief General Sonthi Boonyarattaklin ruled out reports that armed separatists in the deep South would travel to Bangkok to incite violence at tomorrow’s rally.
    “That’s impossible. They are not familiar with places around the capital,” Sonthi said. He also said the Fourth Army Region had already stepped up security in the southernmost provinces.
    A Thai Rak Thai Party source said key TRT members had asked provincial governors to help prevent mobs from travelling to Bangkok to join the march.
    The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has prepared toilet facilities, water supplies and first aid kits for up to 50,000 people. The Royal Plaza is large enough to hold a crowd of about 70,000.
    Basic services, including electricity, will be made available for protesters throughout the day and to facilitate overnight camping.
    Another source said as a “contingency measure”, the government had mobilised anti-Sondhi protesters and billeted them in Saraburi. The source said that the protesters might descend on the capital “if deemed necessary”.
    In the deep South, Yala Islamic Committee chairman Abdulromae Jehsae said Muslims in Yala would gather in every mosque tomorrow to pray that the country can avoid tragedy. “We will pray that there’s no more bloodshed,” the religious leader said.
    Chat Thai Party leader Banharn Silapa-archa said the rally led by media mogul Sondhi was unlikely to get out of control unless pro-government mobs or a those of a third party gathered in the same area.
    “If there are several mobs, they may clash,” he said. However, he said he did not believe there would be groups who would gather specifically to confront Sondhi’s followers.
    Banharn said he believed the Sondhi-led rally could have a significant impact on the government’s stability.
    In the latest development, it has been reported that seven new regulations have been imposed in preparation for tomorrow’s rally. Police officers have been given the power to take action against any violators of these regulations. Those found violating the rules will be arrested and charged.
    The seven regulations, which will be printed out on 20,000 leaflets to be distributed prior to the gathering at 1pm, include refraining from lese majeste, obstructing traffic, causing a disturbance to the nearby Dusit Throne Hall and instigating social division. A total of 176 senior investigators, two from each of the 88 police stations in Bangkok, will be mobilised to handle the charges stemming from violations of the seven rules. Those who requested leave over the weekend must also return to work unconditionally, a police source said.

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    Britain, Australia urge nationals to avoid Thai anti-government rally
    Published on Feb 03 , 2006

    Britain and Australia on Friday urged their nationals to avoid an anti-government rally planned for the weekend in Bangkok, which Thai officials have warned could turn violent.

    "A large political rally is scheduled for February 4, 2006 at King Rama V monument in the vicinity of the national zoo and parliament building in Bangkok," the British embassy said in its updated travel advice for Thailand.

    "This could cause congestion and disruption. You should avoid large crowds and demonstrations."

    Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade echoed that warning.

    "You should avoid demonstrations and political rallies as they have the potential to turn violent," the department said, adding "police estimate that over 100,000 people may attend" the Bangkok rally.

    Thai authorities have in the past used force to break up protests.

    The US embassy issued a similar warning to its nationals on Thursday.

    Tens of thousands of people at least are expected at the rally Saturday, where anti-government protesters plan to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

    Thai officials plan to deploy 4,500 police, and have warned that the demonstration could turn violent.
    Agence France-Presse

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    Right! Where is my hat?



    Yes dog, I got me camera.

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    I know I said we needed more pics, but I think that one maybe a bit dangerous

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    Ok Cap you wanna to write a sign;
    "ชินวัตรเป็นตุ๊ด"
    This will make you firends with the police and and demonstators alike, waving it high an yell real loud, Being drunk as a lord might help.
    One day though!
    Been hearing that for two years man.

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    Any news yet on the demonstration?

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    Do you think it will be quiet on monday? My wife will drive to the embassy that day.

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    Seems it was a pretty sedate protest. http://www.2bangkok.com/06/feb6rally.shtml Lot of sitting going on.

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    Ah, yes, I have seen those pictures. I think they are still sitting around there until early morning.

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    I've seen that statue before. Apparently my wife and I had to go and present it with a pigs head, a bottle of brandy and a packet of cigars. Please don't ask me why.

    It was a pleasant evening and there were a few nurses there for some purpose even more vague than our own, plus some chap who spent a half hour jogging around it.

    Still all good cultural and uplifting stuff no doubt, and far better than spending the evening in some sordid bar in Soi Cowboy being pestered ny scantily clad young women <sob> <sob>.
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