Bangkok’s Central World shopping mall, May 19, 2010. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif), via boston.com
Boston’s Big Picture has some shocking photos from the street war in Bangkok, Thailand. Personally, I think the Thai government is illegitimate. There was a military coup that overthrew the elected government and constitution. Then there was another election which the Reds (Thaksin’s proxy party) won. Then they disqualified that PM for taking cash to appear on a cooking show. Then the yellow elites protested against the replacement. Then they installed their own. The rural, disenfranchised poor protested and they’re being shot in the streets.
That’s a generalization of course, and a biased one. I’m not a particular supporter of either side, being largely ignorant, but it’s fairly obvious that Thaksin, whatever his sins, was tossed in an urban, elite led coup. That type of street politics has become the norm in Thailand, with street warfare being the end result.
On the plus side, you can get a 5 night stay in Bangkok for Rs. 40,000 now. On the minus side, Thailand can look forward to continuing instability and cheap Sri Lankan tourists for years to come.
Anyways, aside from my jaundiced view, the photos on boston.com are shocking and amazing.