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Political protests in BKK tomorrow, 16 August??

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Is there anything we farang need to know about this?  Time, place?  It can change a lot of bus routes for one thing..and might be best avoided for a plethora of other reasons.  

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Sunday, August 16, 2020 at Democracy Monument, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, in Bangkok between 15:00 - 21:00 according to recent alert message.

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17 minutes ago, lopburi3 said:

Sunday, August 16, 2020 at Democracy Monument, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, in Bangkok between 15:00 - 21:00 according to recent alert message.

Thanks, last time I went to KSR, I had to take a taxi home, because the busses weren't going by Democracy Monument.  Their rally dragged on until midnight.  I won't use the term "big" like the media, and in fact the ones I have seen have been quite small, but this one may be a bit more coordinated.  They were out at Nonthaburi Pier last night..interrupted my casual drinking and my random meetings with a nice lady I met over there.  When the bullhorn appears; I disappear (only to a different place).

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7 minutes ago, tribalfusion001 said:

Yes in BKK tomorrow and activist arrested. I think these could be the real deal with the general economic situation around the world and especially in Thailand.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/15/thailand-protests-police-arrest-student-activist-for-sedition

Telling the universities to control their students will likely increase attendance (at the protests).  As far as the global economy, look at the US housing and stock markets..red hot.  But yes, if you have never saved money, and work in a closed service job, you have troubles.  Everyone is a victim...sheesh.

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Last nights protests were the most uninspired, funeral like gathering I have seen since my last visit to Sukhumvit.  At least encourage drinking, and have a few attractive ladies in your group..a little BBQ for sale never hurts, either.  I recall them selling drinks in front of a temple anniversary..and the whole thing was respectable and suitable for families..more likely to happen in Pyongyang, nowadays it seems.

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16 minutes ago, moontang said:

Last nights protests were the most uninspired, funeral like gathering I have seen since my last visit to Sukhumvit.  At least encourage drinking, and have a few attractive ladies in your group..a little BBQ for sale never hurts, either.  I recall them selling drinks in front of a temple anniversary..and the whole thing was respectable and suitable for families..more likely to happen in Pyongyang, nowadays it seems.

I saw a student protest just after the last coup in 2014 outside Terminal 21 in BKK, managed to get a quick selfie when the army turned up and blocked the entrances to the mall and BTS. It was a pretty tame protest, the same 3 finger gesture mainly.

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It's mainly a young Thai thing. You have to be into Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Japanese anime, or whatever, to get it; no wonder the powers that be are bemused, as are most ex-pats, I would imagine.

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4 minutes ago, TooBigToFit said:

You either support the regime or know nothing about Thailand.

I agree, after living here for 10 years+, I know nothing, or almost nothing, about Thailand, layers of the onion and all that. You're a Hobbes supporter, I would guess.

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