- Posted August 22, 2012 by
Thailand's PAD protesting at the US Embassy in Bangkok
21 August 2012 - Demonstration in Bangkok, in front of the US Embassy; estimation of 300 people, which included curious onlookers and undercover police. Started as a non-violent protest by civilians, some in military fatigues, some waving flags, a handful wearing red-star caps and others at the pavement, listening to the speeches and enjoying the fresh food. The Yellows (People's Alliance for Democracy) were protesting against US' decision to allow their former prime minister, Thaksin access to a visa. Something about US of Anarchy not respecting the concerns of the Yellows and demanding that the US ambassador leaves Thailand... yeah, something to that effect.
Its refreshing to see the carnival-like atmosphere of many demonstrations in Thailand, especially in Bangkok. Admittedly this government has shown tolerance and respect (perhaps grudgingly, as this is indeed Thai-style politics) for the rights of Thais to participate indemonstrations, unlike the 2010 crackdown during the previous regime, zashnain reported.