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    Quote Originally Posted by Beadle View Post
    UK and US Embassies have closed according to AFP.
    For tomorrow too...

    May 13, 2010

    This warden message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in
    Thailand that the Royal Thai Government through the Center for the
    Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) has announced its plans to
    close off the demonstration area at the Ratchaprasong rally site in an
    attempt to disperse the protesters. We understand that beginning today,
    May 13, at 6:00 p.m., authorities will take the following measures:

    --limit transportation services, including the BTS Skytrain, MRTA, canal
    routes, and possibly bus routes.
    --set up check points at all access routes to control and limit access
    to the rally site. For details on what routes may be affected, please
    refer to local media.
    --cut off electricity, water, and telephone to the rally site and
    possibly surrounding areas. It is currently unclear how large an area
    will be affected. It is also unclear how the UDD will respond.

    The U.S. Embassy, including visa operations, will be closed tomorrow,
    Friday, May 14.
    American Citizen Services (ACS) will be available for
    emergencies only. If at all possible, the U.S. Embassy recommends
    against coming to this area on May 14. If U.S. citizens currently have
    appointments with ACS for May 14, you may go online or call us at
    02-205-4049 to reschedule.

    U.S. citizens should avoid travel to and lodging in this area and the
    areas in and around all demonstrations, if possible. If U.S. citizens
    must travel to these areas, they should exercise special caution and
    remain vigilant with regard to their personal security. U.S. Embassy
    personnel who live around this area have been given the option to
    relocate to housing outside of the affected area until the situation is
    resolved. U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution and vigilance
    at all times.

    The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (aka UDD or
    "red-shirts") continues to demonstrate in central Bangkok. The UDD may
    change or expand their demonstration locations at any time. Various
    other groups are engaging in pro-government or counter-demonstrations.
    There have been several clashes between the security forces and the UDD
    and other demonstrators. These clashes may escalate with no warning.
    For areas currently affected by demonstrations, please refer to local
    media. These demonstrations are expected to continue in Bangkok
    indefinitely.

    U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be
    peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence with little
    or no warning. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid the areas that may be
    targeted for demonstrations and to exercise caution in their movements
    around Bangkok.

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    Where is that spiffy man about Bangkok reporter better known as the Gentlemans Camp. Can't he go out and get the scoop for all of us?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    Where is that spiffy man about Bangkok reporter better known as the Gentlemans Camp.
    Under covers ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    Where is that spiffy man about Bangkok reporter better known as the Gentlemans Camp.
    Under covers ?
    He specifically noted that he would be taking his beer and fancy meals on the roof this evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robuzo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    Where is that spiffy man about Bangkok reporter better known as the Gentlemans Camp.
    Under covers ?
    He specifically noted that he would be taking his beer and fancy meals on the roof this evening.
    Under his Mosquito covers then

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    Quote Originally Posted by sccrhound View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Beadle View Post
    UK and US Embassies have closed according to AFP.
    For tomorrow too...
    That will give them time to clean up the gore in the gutter before the embassies reopen...

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    Well I've just been out, for the good of the board you understand, although I felt a powerful urge to stop for some lubrication commonly referred to as Vodka along the way, anyway, I digress, but just wanted to say that there's a buttload of police and army bloody everywhere, it's crawling with them. They've closed every road leading anywhere remotely near to the rally area or setup intimidating barricades which are swarming with 30-40 armed uniformed personnel. It is really quite a sight. I didn't snap any photos, but trust me, this place is crawling!

    Tomorrow will no doubt be interesting.

    Was ridiculously quiet out. A lot of the usual Sukhumvit tourist trap hadn't bothered to turn up and understandably so.....there weren't many tourists to trap!

    Roll on tomorrow...
    "Slavery is the daughter of darkness; an ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction; ambition and intrigue take advantage of the credulity and inexperience of men who have no political, economic or civil knowledge. They mistake pure illusion for reality, license for freedom, treason for patriotism, vengeance for justice."-Simón Bolívar

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    The Foreign Office has confirmed to Sky News that it is to close the British Embassy in the city and is warning British nationals against travelling there unless the trip is vital.
    Businesses have also been told to let their employees take the day off and some embassies have told their staff to leave the area.


    Bangkok: Gunfire And Four Explosions Heard Where Anti-Government Protesters Are Camped | World News | Sky News
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    Let the undercurrent drag me along.

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    It looks as though the big squeeze will be tomorrow then...

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    Quote Originally Posted by astasinim View Post
    The Foreign Office has confirmed to Sky News that it is to close the British Embassy in the city and is warning British nationals against travelling there unless the trip is vital.
    got a friend flying in the next week or so, i think he would probably call it vital as the wife has been home alone for 4months lol

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    He might just have to play with pam and her five friends a little while longer.

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    How long do we think this would have been tolerated in London?
    About 5 days before the police and army would have moved in and sorted it it 5 mins.

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    Is soi4 nanna anywhere near all this drama flying in next week ? might have to change venue

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher View Post
    How long do we think this would have been tolerated in London?
    About 5 days before the police and army would have moved in and sorted it it 5 mins.
    Same in the US. Black heli's with sidewinders raining down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    CNN reporting that a Red Shirt leader might have been shot and killed by a sniper bullet.
    Right after he proclaimed that NO ONE WOULD DARE shoot him.

    Glad to see that humorous timing still rules the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy dog View Post
    I imagine a few glasses will be clinking tonight and the assassin will be well rewarded so much for a political solution and reconciliation. Abhisit and his paymasters are just murdering tyrants who could not compromise and in the end just resorted to killing, fuck them.
    I find it amazing how you clearly seem to have irrefutable evidence for the gov't being behind Seh Daeng's shooting -- considering the guy's had plenty of enemies, including among the Reds, he just presented any of them with a golden opportunity to eliminate him, while at the same time doing the country a favor.

    Thaksin should try to take away an important lesson from this incident.

    All the while, of course, the less fortunate farang peanut gallery, like yourself and a couple of others, sit around wailing about conspiracies, murder, and other inconsequentials....

    Quote Originally Posted by crazy dog View Post
    Anyway im off down the pub, just popped by to call Abisit a murderer
    Oh, what a beautiful illustration of irony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larvidchr
    Shysshhhh do not mention the Thaksin war on drugs murders, because some of the people having been whining about those murders without trial, are here on this thread celebrating the murder/shooting of Seh Daeng
    oh because killing one man known as a terrorist is the same as killing hundreds of possible innocent ?

    get a brain, will you ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog View Post
    RT [at]PatJit: Dr.Malinee said Seh Daeng's brain, lungs R dead, only his heart still beating w/ respirator.Waiting 4 BP 2 go up enuf 4 surgery.
    4 minutes ago via TweetDeck

    This doesn't make sense. If his brain is dead, he's dead....you don't perform surgery on a corpse. Maybe they mean a coma.
    Uhmmm.. he *is* Thai, and he'll probably still be useful without a brain.

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    [at]tulsathit ‘WHO WOULD DARE TO GET ME?’ Seh Daeng told our reporter shortly before he was shot.
    that's what I call OwNED

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    He said he disappeared coz he was talking secretly w/ Gov
    or hiding the under stage on in a 5 star hotel

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    Rogue general wounded, 1 killed in Bangkok fighting | Reuters

    "The shooting of Khattiya and the security cordon around the red shirt encampment mark the start of a violent crackdown in which the Thai government stands a good chance of clearing the streets, the Eurasia Group political risk consultancy said.
    "But it will not end the polarization that has led to the current instability -- ensuring that the pressure from the red shirts will persist and that political volatility will remain a persistent problem for Thailand for the foreseeable future."

    The beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning ?

    The divisions in Thai society will not end simply by rousting the redshirt protesters in Bangkok. In fact it will only drive the wedge even deeper. The ONLY way to heal the divisions and allow democracy to function is through democratic elections and government free from military interference.

    There are some posters here who are so short sighted that they see the redshirt protests in Bangkok as the only problem facing the nation when in fact it is merely the current focal point of a much bigger problem that wont simply go away when the protesters leave or are removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panda
    "But it will not end the polarization that has led to the current instability -- ensuring that the pressure from the red shirts will persist and that political volatility will remain a persistent problem for Thailand for the foreseeable future."
    and that's fine, as long as they fuck off up North in their villages to talk about it, who cares. It's obvious the reds are not interested in anything, might it be Democracy, national resolution or even an election. They are a group of zombie idiots leaded by a group of petty thugs. All they wanted what to throw shit, and they got served.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panda
    There are some posters here who are so short sighted that they see the redshirt protests in Bangkok as the only problem facing the nation when in fact it is merely the current focal point of a much bigger problem that wont simply go away when the protesters leave or are removed.
    not really, it has been clear now for a few weeks that no solution is possible with the reds, no talks, even on election. They are a group that only purpose is to throw shit, a bit like the yellow, and accomplish nothing else, so yes the only solution seems to clear them out.

    Obviously, you haven't thought of it through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Panda
    "But it will not end the polarization that has led to the current instability -- ensuring that the pressure from the red shirts will persist and that political volatility will remain a persistent problem for Thailand for the foreseeable future."
    and that's fine, as long as they fuck off up North in their villages to talk about it, who cares. It's obvious the reds are not interested in anything, might it be Democracy, national resolution or even an election. They are a group of zombie idiots leaded by a group of petty thugs. All they wanted what to throw shit, and they got served.
    You display precisely the short sighted mentality I am referring to Butters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaffyDuck View Post
    I find it amazing how you clearly seem to have irrefutable evidence for the gov't being behind Seh Daeng's shooting -- considering the guy's had plenty of enemies...
    Government announces the snipers are deployed and ready to be used. Their most likely target is killed by a sniper shortly afterwards. Of course, he could have been killed by anyone at all, Nicholas Cage included. However, it's not a big leap to conclude the group who was pointing snipers at him and threatening to shoot few moments before, actually shot him.

    Sae Daeng is a murky character, and an extremist, possibly responsible for instigating violence. However, a government-sponsored assassination does not bode well for Thailand. If they took him out during the clashes (e.g. on April 10th), it would be easier to swallow, but he was shot in cold blood while giving an interview. A shady extremist character just became a pro-democracy martyr.

    Whatever he did, I don't remember Sae Daeng being sentenced to death by a Thai court, with authorization to be executed on the spot. Who was just talking about upholding the rule of law?

    This is unprecedented and opens a horrible can of worms. Murdering political opponents in public was not a Thai custom.

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