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Doi Saket District is a big place.. Doesn't have to refer to the town I guess?

The Chiang Mai Mail has reports of people burning tyres in Doi Saket district this afternoon

You are correct Mr. WTK but a reputable news organization would give a location not a tung in cheek comment.

Apologies for the delay, I am not on ThaiVisa regularly. Huay Hong Krai according to the police report we received.

It was also announced at the weekly press conference at City Hall this morning that the Army and police will be setting up joint checkpoints around the city starting around 6 PM today.

The Army bus that was torched was parked at a garage for repairs when it was set it on fire.

Thank you Chiang Mai Mail for your response and update.

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I guess its a civil war when the visa stampers get new bosses? Be easy enough to hide from trouble in Chiang Mai but for the visa runs...tick tock.. over$tay paranoia creeping in. Be very interesting to hear what the US consulate here advises if the kee hits the padlom - (although I dont believe it will up here)

I've got a visa extention today w/o any problems.

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So the current situation in the north is that a few tyres were burned in the countryside and a firework was thrown at a bank's atm at 2am the other day. In England children commit these sorts of acts all the time but they aren't reported as attempts to overthrow the government. It's commonly know as hooliganism.

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Thought I'd bump this to indicate that nothing much is happening in Chiang Mai. Some rumours that were confirmed false, no reports of any unrest anywhere. (Today, Wednesday Afternoon, 19 May)

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Now this is a fact. There are about 200 red shirts are positioned in front of the governor's throwing firecrackers and they have just started a fire on the lawn and brought a bunch of tires to burn. They are walking up and down the bridge throwing the yellow flags into the river. Some have just started to build a barricade on the Chiang Mai-Lamphun side of the bridge. The police have the road closed off. More people seem to be showing up.

There are a bunch of idiots in the group and most have their faces covered up.

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I heard that a large number of petrol bombs (those small ones in m-150 bottles) have been stockpiled today in cm. the reds seem to be waiting for some kind of a signal from their leaders to go for sala klang but that obviously isn't going to come now considering what nattawut was saying prior to getting arrested.

hopefully peace will prevail.

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Does anyone live near the railway station? Can they confirm where the black smoke is coming from? I can see it from my balcony off of Nimmenhaemen Rd. It looks like a huge fire or something.

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Confirmed reports that the Red Shirts are trying to blockade Narawat Bridge with burning tyres, shooting on the scene. Our MD was just there and reported gunfire and we have a reporter on the scene who was punched by one of the Red shirts.

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Chiang Mai: shooting at Narawat Bridge just near the Night Bazaar in the last 15 mins - red shirts trying to block the bridge and burning tyres etc. STAY RIGHT AWAY.

Source: ThaiVisa News

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OK, as had to go town anyway (I live near Mai Rim), I decided to see for myself. This is between 2:00PM and 3:00PM. Things can change.

I saw virtually no activity at City Hall as I went into town. On my way home. as I approached City Hall, I saw a large amount of smoke which was disconcerting, but it turned out to be a good sized brush fire, unrelated. There was a group of maybe 30 people near City Hall with some red flags and busy on their cell phones, but not creating any problem.

I rode by the Red Shirt encampment in Chiang Mai. There were an estimated 100 people listening to speeches. Soon some small groups excitedly left, picking up bamboo sticks on the way. They were giving motions like "follow me", but not many did.

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I later found that group on Narrawat Bridge wielding signs in Thai and one in English saying "Help Us Please". They were on the side of the road, and although there was some traffic congestion, a couple of cops were directing traffic, and there was not much of a problem.

Now, the Railway Station. They have set up a stage in the car park (WHY do they let them do that?) and it is full of cars, although not that many people yet. I rode around the traffic circle immediately in front of the entrance to the terminal and there did not seem to be any impediment to traffic.

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I am hearing on CNN as I type this, the demonstrations in BKK are allegedly over. Whether that will affect the above is anybody's guess.

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my girlfriend who is doing her internship at the traffic police station by warorat market just called me saying there is shooting going on outside

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yes, i was just heading into town from my home by nawarat bridge and had to turn back. they've blocked off the bridge and it looks like they've set fire to the governor's mansion - or at least to some tyres in front of it. big fire with thick black smoke so it must be tyres.

the scene is either portentous with danger or fraught with pointlessness. i couldn't tell. one man kindly advised me to step away from an electrical box that seemed to have had its wires cut - maybe to the traffic lights.

a police truck went by and everyone started screaming at them to get out of there and they sped away as if frightened. lots of guys with handkerchiefs covering their faces. lots of lookie-loos just hanging around. kids, old ladies. a "festive" atmosphere.

just got home and the sound of firecrackers and small explosives can still be heard.

no idea what they plan to do, but i'm staying in.

given that chiang mai is red shirt friendly what can they hope to accomplish by screwing up their stomping grounds? is it all a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, or is there something to be gained?

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Chiang Mai: shooting at Narawat Bridge just near the Night Bazaar in the last 15 mins - red shirts trying to block the bridge and burning tyres etc. STAY RIGHT AWAY.

Source: ThaiVisa News

There were no tyres or rowdyism when I passed about 2:45PM, but I guess things can change rapidly. I would like to see some confirmation of this report.

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just about to set off to open the bar , down end of loi kroh , not sure if i should stay at home ? :)

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According to the Breaking News section on TV shots have been fired there

Best we all STAY AWAY..or better still STAY AT HOME for the rest of the day...better safe than sorry

My Wife was just about to go shopping at AP Plaza, but I have convinced her its really better not to go toady, just see how things pan out over the rest of the day.

IMO this thing is far from over

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