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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     "I find [the protests] kind of frustrating, because as a Westener I have a different view on how they should handle the political situation," said nicoleeis, who shot this photo in early January. "I feel like they don't even truly know why they are protesting; I ask them to explain it and they can't really. Living here now I feel like I am in a bit of a prison; my Thai friends are bit more scared/nervous for the expats and they don't think we should leave our homes."
    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    I have been living and working in Bangkok, Thailand for about 23 months. The last couple of months there have been protests at the major intersections throughout the city, one of those intersections being right outside my office building. Living with these protests has been a bit frustrating, since I work with Thais I am constantly told never to leave my house or to go to areas where there could be a protest, I feel like a prisoner. At points I don't even want to leave the comforts of my office or condo because I don't understand or know what is going on. When I ask about why exactly they are protesting I get a pretty unclear answer and if I was to go out into "the mob" of people I would have no idea what is going on because it is completely in Thai. I don't feel threatened because up to now the protests have been mainly peaceful, but I am constantly told about what happened in the past. I do feel a bit uneasy because there is a large "unknown" factor when you leave your apartment. It is unclear if there will or won't be a protest where you are going. There have been large protests for the last two days and we are all unsure of when it will end. In the past they have had big days, which last a day, but this round of protests seems like it will last longer.
    The one saving grace for me in Bangkok is the BTS, if I didn't have that to go over the protest areas I don't know what I would do. All I hope for is that this is resolved peacefully with minimal damage to Thailand and its people.
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