- Posted May 19, 2010 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Crisis in Bangkok
7-11 at OnNut Looted/Bombed .. as well as Tesco Lotus
Around 5:00 p.m. explosions were heard one after another in my quiet Sukhumvit neighborhood, located by the OnNut skytrain station. The explosions shocked me because my neighborhood was away from the "danger zone". Not anymore.
I had learned that the Tesco Lotus was bombed and there were reports of gunfire, which made the situation hit close to home. The thought that came to my mind was to go stock up in food because the government had announced the curfew and with this new series of bombing, it's uncertain how long we'll have to stay locked inside for our own safety.
As I left my building I discovered an eery scene - people panicking and emergency vehicles driving by, as police helicopters circled overhead. I made my way out to the mainstreet to walk towards 7-11, while walking past telephone booths that have been attacked by bombs, with shattered glass covering the floor.
I started video taping the scene with my phone, but a few seconds into the I heard the sound of angry red shirts on motorbikes, calling me out and shouting "Thai roop Thai roop", calling attention that I was taking pictures. Reports earlier in the day stated that the red shirts are aggressive towards the media and anyone taking pictures. They threw stones at me and waved a stick - this was when I ran for my life. I ran into Sukhumvit Soi 56 and hid there for a while.
As things calmed down and people begin walking on the street again, I regained composure and walked out to 7-11, only to find that it had been attacked and looted by the time I got there. Seeing this, right in my neighborhood, confirmed that Bangkok is in a very troubled state. It's over ruled by the red mobs, the terrorists who are now burning everything that's important to us.
I ran home, shaken, not knowing what to do. I couldn't come to terms with what I just saw and what is happening around me. Bangkok, "The Land of Smiles" is slowly being burned down by the red shirts. All we can do now is sit and wait for this to end.