Yes, there are pockets of protests around Bangkok, and sporadic violence, but for the most part, there are a few intersections shutdown, public transit (BTS and MRT) are not affected at all. I have been here for a week now and other than a few places closed near the protest areas, all seems fairly normal. It is more of a festival type atmosphere rather than the violent unrest the media is depicting. Sunday seems to be the heaviest day as most people aren't leaving their day jobs to protest 24/7 so today the bands are playing, flags are waving, whistles are blowing, but only in the gathering places. Oh, and alcohol sales are stopped for 36 hours but start up again at midnight tonight once polls are closed....brilliant idea here! Probably curbs more of the possible violence so I do not disagree with that. I hope they get through their issues soon and Thailand gets back to it's unique self!