As promised, a few more images from the shutdown in Bangkok. Thus far – with the exception of the well publicized incidences – the protests have been very peaceful. This weekend, families came out and turned the protests in a pick nick like event, with food, naps and chats, while waiting or someone to take the stage at their location and give a rousing speech about how everything will be better when victory is theirs.
All that protesting is making a man hungry and tired, while others brought their crafts projects.
More waiting and more napping.
Apparently a lot of people stay directly at the protest sites. Near MBK is also a museum – BACC – with a sculpture outside of a bust with very generous motherly curves. She has one arm stretched out invitingly – similar to Michelangelo’s painting “The Creation Of Adam”, under her protection, the protesters have set up base camp like tent city.
I was also mentioning, that the real winners of the protests appear to be the T-shirt and whistle sales people. About that, There are tons of T-Shirt, proclaiming the Shutdown of Bangkok.
However, for me personally a mere shutdown is similar to abandonment, to giving up. That’s why I like the few T-Shirts that also proclaim what will happen after the shutdown, it gives a motivation, a reason if you will – it gives a WHY.
Shutting down Bangkok, in order to restart Thailand.
The protesters have five demands, that they need to have met, before reconciliation. Chief among them is the buying of votes – actually paying voters to vote for a certain party and the wasting of tax money on ill-conceived pandering (such as the Rice Pledge Scheme), one tablet PC for every school child – a promise that was made during the last election campaign and is still unfulfilled, even though it’s harebrained. Tablet PC will not improve Thailand’s education level and system, teaching how to think critically will); the start of a serious effort to end corruption in the government and police; more independence for the provinces – Bangkok apparently appoints provincial governors and of course the amnesty bill, which essentially would pave the way for a smooth return of the refugee brother of the current prime minister.
Interestingly, while there are protests at a few locations, life still continues for the many millions of people in the rest of the city – they go about their business.