Most people in Bangkok are calming down. Especially the last two days including the cleaning process by soldiers and citizens give the impression that Bangkok regained its safety – But is this the end of conflict?
(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.
I just came back from Hospital and carrying some new metal in my right arm. Unfortunately my broken bones from the gunshot during the protests grew back together in a wrong way – so I had to do surgery on Friday.
Everything went well but I had a lot of pain afterwards. It was a good decision to stay there for a few days because they supplied me with this heaven-like morphine injections. It was also very nice to meet Thansarut. A redshirt protester who was lying next to me. I did this interview with him yesterday…
The afternoon was not very tense in Bangkok. During the political discussion panel at the FCCT I saw some tweets about three explosions at BTS Saladaeng. I left the conference and headed to Silom. It was a very intense night with several deads and injured! Pics and Videofootage…