posted on May, 19 2010 @ 05:19 AM
Wednesday afternoon, May 19th - Bangkok is burning.
The protest leaders have surrendered after the army moved into the protester's make-shift fortress to disperse them. Now the protesters are angry and
leaderless, and have been setting things (like shopping malls) on fire to vent their anger.
The grocery store on my street has closed, as have all convenience stores nearby, and the mall. Public bus lines have stopped running, as well as the
above ground rail system and the subway. Traffic is a nightmare. Military helicopters are patrolling overhead, while smoke from fires in various parts
of the city hangs in the sky. People on the streets move about hurriedly with an air of nervous anticipation and uncertainty that is noticeably more
intense than in the last few days of this situation. For the first time, the government has imposed a curfew, which is in effect from 8PM Wednesday to
Journalists have reportedly become targets, both Thai and foreigners alike. I took a quick walk to the nearest BTS station (above ground rail), which
was closed (and has been since last Friday), to take a few pictures of the skyline from a safe location.
For real time reporting by on-the-ground journalists, check out these links: