Troops finally seized Red Shirt protest areas today. Several leaders of the Red Shirts surrendered. Angered protesters took to the streets and started setting buildings on fire. The air is buzzing with people stocking up for tonight's government curfew extended to 23 provinces/hotspots and Bangkok. The smell of smoke fills the air. The fwop-fwop-fwop of helicopters evacuating terrified workers from burning buildings shakes my windows. Up to twenty buildings at this moment victims of arson. Many will burn through the night as snipers are keeping the fire fighters from extinguishing the flames.
Central World, second largest shopping mall in S.E. Asia, has been burning for many hours and authorities are warning that it is likely to collapse, bringing back visions of 9/11.
Thai stock exchange torched, many banks burned, television stations and newspaper outlets attacked, burned, terrorized. City hall in several provinces set ablaze.
Today is a bad day in this country's history. The past couple weeks were bad already, today's images from tv are now recorded forever in international eyes and the hearts of Thai people forever.
Lets see where we go from here.
August 16, 2017
6 months ago