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    Thai Army, M-16's and blockades - Why?

    Seems to be a lot of activity around the North part of Bangkok. Soldiers armed with M-16's checking cars and trucks at blockades.

    Are their protests planned?

    Anyone know why?

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    Just to get people used to it, so when the next installment is running the country the militarian dictatorship will just seem slightly more suffocating than normal.

    Gotta slowly condition the people to accept such a life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    Thai Army, M-16's and blockades - Why?
    You think too mutt, mai bpen rai.

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    It sucks. I was living in a quiet neighborhood until the judicial coup resulted in Assabit being slid into the PM's office.

    Now I am woke up to the blaring of loud speakers at 6am droning away about being 100% loyal to Buddha, K and country.

    I am thinking of scaling the huge tower that has the speakers on it and snipping some wires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    I am thinking of scaling the huge tower that has the speakers on it and snipping some wires.
    Just cut them at the bottom and yank really hard on them. Much easier.

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    True, but they might notice and reconnect them. I am hoping they would be to lazy to climb up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    Anyone know why?
    A possible connection.

    "'Red-shirt' anti-government protesters from the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) announced on Thursday they would protest against Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva at five locations in central Lop Buri province, during the premier’s visit this Saturday."


    MCOT English News : Red Shirts to protest PM's Saturday visit to Lop Buri
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown View Post
    Are their protests planned?
    Probably not very well, unless they got a foreigner to help

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    Could be but the road blocks were going into Bangkok. They were pulling people out of cars and searching vehicles en route to Bangkok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    Anyone know why?
    Well ther's another thread and with regard to the police being out in force with their breathalyzers and I expect they are in the process of showing everyone in LOS they have M-16's as well.

    They will also start again with the pollution/ emission check points on the highways which will last for about 2 weeks and before all this equipment will be safely stored somewhere out of harms way.

    They go through these stages and then foget about their promises of clampdowns on certain illegal activities.

    Rare show of force and authority IMO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao
    Just to get people used to it, so when the next installment is running the country the militarian dictatorship will just seem slightly more suffocating than normal. Gotta slowly condition the people to accept such a life.
    One of the main reasons for the 2006 coup was to ease the transition when the time comes.

    Thailand will change unrecognisably in the next 5-10 years, possibly sooner.

    I just pity everyone that has bought into the whole lifestyle thing and won't be able to go anywhere else similar when they are forced out.
    Mortals you defy the Gods, I sentence you to travel among unknown stars, until you find the Kingdom of Hades, your bodies will stay as lifeless as stone.

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    ^ Planning on kicking the farangs out are they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    Planning on kicking the farangs out are they?
    It will be an inevitable consequence of what is to come.

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    ^ I am sure and have thought that for some time. As long as they allow Mrs. Chi out of the country so we relocate to Vietnam, Laos or even Panama, then I am fine with it.

    Can you expound on your thoughts / predictions?

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    ^^ That's a FACT cos Turd says so.

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    Teakdoor 2011. The Thai ex-expat forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmperorTud View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    Planning on kicking the farangs out are they?
    It will be an inevitable consequence of what is to come.
    Just the wasters or everyone?

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    We are already seeing the start of a clampdown on dissidents within Thailand. On a daily basis, freedoms are being eroded and those disagreeing voices being quietened through legal action, abuse of human rights and media censorship. The coup in 2006 ensured that military rule was an inevitability for the future of Thailand.

    These are the increasing warning signs that somebody doesn't want people, especially Thai people who don't have access to the English media sources finding out what is really happening in terms of the established order.

    In the long term I don't see much difference from what Burma has become to where Thailand is going unless the military relents and it is clear that under the Institution and guidance of the Privy Council this is not going to happen.

    The foreigners who have recently become scapegoats in Thai courts are a clear warning to the expat community not to get involved.

    Foreigners, as we have seen, are surplus to requirements if the military continues to exert its influence to such a degree.

    Unfortunately the only other options may be a prolonged bloody struggle or a disintegration of the country entirely neither of which is conducive to foreigners remaining here.

    I was right in predicting the coup in 2006 so we'll see if I'm right about what the future holds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    That's a FACT cos Turd says so.
    The halcyon days of 5/6 and more years ago are over. A new era in Thailand is upon us.

    How you deal with that is entirely up to you.

    But you will have to face facts eventually.

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    ^ do you have a prediction as to when things will go down the toilet?

    Months?

    Years?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    do you have a prediction as to when things will go down the toilet?
    The health of one man is a factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    do you have a prediction as to when things will go down the toilet? Months? Years?
    You will know the time has come when people all dress in black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles
    You will know the time has come when people all dress in black.
    Cryptic but nice one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown View Post
    ^ do you have a prediction as to when things will go down the toilet?

    Months?

    Years?
    Economically? Politically? Or, both?

    It all depends. We have to wait and see.

    The question is, will it affect foreigners.


    That is the question.

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