Aljazeeras full length recap of Thailands political struggle and the violent clashes. It is featuring great interviews and in depth details about the incidents during the crackdown. Also including some of my video footage.
(Former primemister Thaksin’s Facemask in the middle of destroyed rallysite, burning flames of central world in the reflection of the water, 19. May 8:20pm)
It has been a very long day, but maybe it is the last day which is marked by so much violence. It started early in the morning. At 4am armored vehicles moved into downtown.
Just a weeks ago there was a feeling of a relieve after Red Shirt leaders agreed with Prime Minister Abhisits negotiation plan. But more and more demands on both sides stopped this positive compromise. The army started to seal the Red Shirt rally sites on Thursday night. Barbed wire, armored vehicles and thousands of soldiers hiding in buildings and bushes confronting the remaining Red Shirts.