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2010 Thai Political Protests

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An ongoing series of protests against the ruling government in Thailand that turned violent in March-May 2010.

The 2010 Thai political protests are an ongoing series of protests against the ruling government in Thailand. The protests are the result of an ongoing political crisis and turned violent in March–April 2010.      Anger against … see full wiki

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All hell has broken loose!

  • May 22, 2010
It wasn't too long ago that Thailand has been an Asian paradise. People was friendly and despite having its fair share of problems, it's a tourist destination for many. In fact, @jrjohnson had requested a list of this destination because an associate of his intended to celebrate and spend his 10th anniversary in this country. Now, that I believe is no longer a feasible or good idea.

Last year, Thailand lost many tourists $ due to an unrest (of similar nature) for a week or so when its airport was "hijacked" by (I believe) another group of people. If I remember correctly, they were wearing some yellow shirts. Anyway, the international airport was closed for some 3 days or so although the disruption was controlled. Tourists were stranded and other than spending more time discovering the city of Bangkok, there wasn't that much they could do about it unless they choose to travel by road to northern city like Chiangmai or southern cities like Phuket and Krabi and took a plane out of the country from there if they must. Otherwise, it's just another excuse for a longer vacation ;-)

This time though, it has taken another twist. As far as I've read these 2 days, the country is now under a curfew. Many are afraid to go out in the day too, lest they got caught up in the "heat of the moment" & lose their lives! At last count, 50 people had been killed and 400 or more injured!

So, what is it all about? Well, in all essence, just one word: THAKSIN.
Who is he? Those of you who visited Thailand often enough know he's the last prime minister of Thailand. He was accused of corruption and was ousted last year. The red shirts protesters are mostly his supporters.

To read in detail all about the why and the who of this event, check out this article on CNN.
Explainer: Thailand's Political Crisis

The article explains in detail the why, the who and the future implications including Cambodia role if the protests cannot be quelled. As for what is happening now & if it's safe to visit, well, I don't suggest you make a trip until at least after the end of this month. Watch the news closely and let the dust settles before you plan on a trip. Political unrest is of no joking matters. I've had friends and relatives told me about what happened in the 1997 political unrest in Indonesia and how homes, buildings and cars were torched. People were killed too and some atrocious activities were going on back then. It's a horror which you do not want to be caught in. Innocents are being targeted and it's one sad ending which no one will go sought for justice even after the entire matter has blown over. 

On a more personal note, I am not into politics and haven't really studied all the issues involved. However, I believe the current government of Abhisit Vejjajiva is much better than that of Thaksin. It's not unknown that Thaksin had been in business deals that gave him and his family large "incentives" although that's not uncommon in Asian political scenes. In any case, my only concern is safety when traveling to this country. Like most of its citizens, I feel any instability in the country is always a negative for the people as a whole, regardless of who's in power. Hopefully, Thailand will resolve its issues soon! I look forward to visiting again! 

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May 23, 2010
What a very sad situation. Thailand is such a beautiful country with such kind people, I would hate to see all of that broken down by politics. These scenes that are described do not sound like the Thailand that I remember at all. I hope they come to some sort of resolution soon. Thanks for your take on it, Sharrie, and for all the extra info!
May 27, 2010
I think perhaps human nature is universal... when they are angry, they are out to destroy! For most part, herd instinct plays a big part in this kind of situation too! Not to mention the politics behind the scene ;-)
May 22, 2010
It is unfortunate when political unrest hurts one of the primary economic sectors (like tourism) of a country. I have never been to Thailand but would eventually like to visit. I certainly wouldn't go right now! First, the tsunami destroyed Phuket...a paradise destination, which I'm sure hurt tourism...now this. Thailand is a strong country...I hope they recover quickly.
May 22, 2010
I hope so too! I was planning on moving to Bangkok sometime in near future!
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