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Gun battle at Songkran celebration in the north - residents flee in terror.


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Yap yap yap...is what I hear reading this. Same same.

So what do you want the cops to do--------- come out and shout at these young boys and endanger their own lives standing in the line of fire.Leave it for 24hrs and do a local house search---much safercheesy.gifcheesy.gif

It would be nice if the cops helped protect the innocent bystanders. This was not out in the boondocks, it was in the center of the city.

About 5 years ago, not more than 100 meters from where this happened, we were in the middle of something similar. Picture a 4 lane road where the pickup trucks filled with people are not moving since everyone is water playing. A bottle was thrown, severely cutting one of the young lads. Out comes a gun and everyone scrambles for cover. Understand that the people playing water include many little kids. There were many hundreds of people in that section of road.

IMHO, the cops should try to prevent this from happening, and if something does happen, they should try to protect the innocents.

How, exactly, should the cops prevent this from happening.

Well, for a start owning firearms in Thailand is Illegal. Doing something about the illegal ownership of guns would be a manner of preventing such things from happening. Doing something about the drug abuse and drug trafficking could be another - just saying.

Oh wait, T.I.T, lets just wait until someone populist politician come in with "60 days to zero gun violence/zero drugs on the streets". We all know what happened with that!

Quite one thing saying Thailand's gangland shootings and deaths by gun related violence is parallel or 2x that of USA but in USA guns are easily accessible and citizens have the right to bare arms, and then you have all of them school shootings that happen every couple of months in the states. Thailand and Thai people have no right to bare arms and there is really no high school/public place shoot out and mass killings..make the stat presented quite scary if you consider those facts!

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Yap yap yap...is what I hear reading this. Same same.

So what do you want the cops to do--------- come out and shout at these young boys and endanger their own lives standing in the line of fire.Leave it for 24hrs and do a local house search---much safercheesy.gifcheesy.gif

It would be nice if the cops helped protect the innocent bystanders. This was not out in the boondocks, it was in the center of the city.

About 5 years ago, not more than 100 meters from where this happened, we were in the middle of something similar. Picture a 4 lane road where the pickup trucks filled with people are not moving since everyone is water playing. A bottle was thrown, severely cutting one of the young lads. Out comes a gun and everyone scrambles for cover. Understand that the people playing water include many little kids. There were many hundreds of people in that section of road.

IMHO, the cops should try to prevent this from happening, and if something does happen, they should try to protect the innocents.

I believe there was an attempt this year with the call to not use vehicles laden with water drums and people. In my area the army and police stopped and prevented any water activities on the road or roadside before the 13th . From the 13th on I saw few utes like in years past. And on the few occasions I have travelled to the nearest town I have seen not one place on the main road where people were throwing water.It appeared to be restricted to the side roads so not a problem to the traffic flow which is now in major reverse .Nobody around here seems disappointed. smile.png

And also noticed a lack of drunken teens on the roads. Maybe the heat helped this year. Sad to see the excuse of Sonkran being used as a venue for rival youth. And 2 police up against ? number? I think maybe they did the wiser rather than the braver thing.

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''Gun Battle at Songkran Koral''

guns drawn at high noon,,

the bullets went that a way

and i'm going to sell up in my country and move

permanently to Thailand N-0-T

3 times i have been to festivals where long knife

wheeling fights broke out, kids chopping into each

other, now put your beer down, turn off the tv and

go see what the real Thailand is like, i avoid many

festivals now.

And how many school massacres have there been in the good ole......? Maybe should not send kids to school there either ! wink.png

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Nice peaceful Buddhists, This county lost its way along time ago.!

Because these few represent all of Thailand and further, all of Buddhism.

Got it.

And all Christians are peace loving.

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Yap yap yap...is what I hear reading this. Same same.

So what do you want the cops to do--------- come out and shout at these young boys and endanger their own lives standing in the line of fire.Leave it for 24hrs and do a local house search---much safercheesy.gifcheesy.gif

It would be nice if the cops helped protect the innocent bystanders. This was not out in the boondocks, it was in the center of the city.

About 5 years ago, not more than 100 meters from where this happened, we were in the middle of something similar. Picture a 4 lane road where the pickup trucks filled with people are not moving since everyone is water playing. A bottle was thrown, severely cutting one of the young lads. Out comes a gun and everyone scrambles for cover. Understand that the people playing water include many little kids. There were many hundreds of people in that section of road.

IMHO, the cops should try to prevent this from happening, and if something does happen, they should try to protect the innocents.

@1 rule for Songkran: no water containers - large or small - should be allowed on any pick up truck for water throwing in Thailand! No water throwing from any vehicles should be allowed. This little measure would eliminate already a lot of accidents. Why doesn't our present military government think of such a rule?

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Nice peaceful Buddhists, This county lost its way along time ago.!

Nice to see that the simple minded, "guide book", two dimensional expectation of Thailands people is alive and well.

What did they stamp on your papers when you were born?

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i think the average cop here who has to buy his own stuff is sad , and low pay for what they risk. if that was in us swat would have been there in a flash and a lot of other cops . as well . here they know there will be little or no response to this kind of action . the police here are under funded, as a force. and i know all will say they make good behind closed doors . but the average beat cop ?

well your lucky because it happened in the uk and the police could not cope with it and stood and watched as they looted and burnt down shops houses and if i remeber you in the us have had your fair share of gang murders and masacres police done some thing after the event these young men have no respect for anyone or anything high on cheap drugs crack and a loaded gun that sure a recipe for disatster

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As an ex-UK unarmed cop, we always knew to hang back when there was a large pub fight, for example, as 1. You become the common enemy if you steam in 2. You want people to use up some energy before you, in the minority, go in and start fighting and arresting. 3. All the damage is covered by insurance.

So I have every sympathy for cops who realise they can't cope with a major incident like this and make a strategic withdrawal.

What they do need is the ready availability of backup heavily armed Army/Police resources to jump in and quell the trouble before someone, especially an innocent, gets killed. Sadly that takes planning and financial resources, and well TIT.

Hope I don't get caught in any future crossfire.

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Are the cops pointing in the direction the bullets went?

Yes, thought we'd lost it for a while, but the old "pointing finger" is back! The chief photographer must have been on holiday for a few weeks!

Regarding another point, the cops here are underpaid (in a civilised country, the cost of their uniforms, motor bikes, guns etc would all be paid for out of taxation - surely here the brown envelopes could do the job?) And if only 2 cops are on duty at a given time, then they should be provided with more heavy duty armaments (after adequate training, of course!) - maybe a couple of machine guns and stun grenades? Could make a good line for a film don't you think i.e. "Call that a gun? THIS is a gun" - and a short sharp burst over their heads would probably be enough to disperse the cowardly "Men in Black"!

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Rather cheap backpacker type place to live anyway, .

It has the highest per capita GDP of ANY province in North Thailand. Definitely richer than Thailand average and definitely not a backpacker place.

It is a UNESCO Heritage site. Many temple ruins.

Has the major in land oil fields of Thailand. etc etc

You can research more yourself.

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I was in the Sai Mai area of Bangkok for Songkran and I have to say the people were a credit to Thailand. They never threw water over motorcyclists, instead they stopped them then put a sprinkle of water on them and the white powder. They were an example of how Soogkran should be celebrated.

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