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23 March 2010 :: 11:03:56 am 16373

Interesting Red-Shirt Related Happenings in Bangkok

The latest Red-Shirt ploy will be to festoon the capital in stickers urging immediate House dissolution, apparemntly. The good thing about these is that they will serve as a constant reminder as the stickers, if laminated, will remain on the lamposts for a considerable time after the last Red-Shirts have left the city, if they ever do!
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Meanwhile, blatant attempts to freak out the protestors by spreading rumours of A(H1N1) flu-infected Red-Shirt individuals roaming their ranks, ready to spread the flu like wildfire seems to have fallen flat, somewhat. It was revealed that the infected person in question, now hopitalised, wasn’t one of the reds, but an Interior Ministry volunteer monitoring the situation. The medical authorities haven’t yet ascertained or revealed whether this flu-ridden individual caught it at the demos or from his home in Phetchaburi.

It seems that the Bangkok public transportation systems owe a debt of gratitude to the Red Shirts for forcing commuters off the streets and onto the Skytrain and Underground. Underground operator, Bangkok Metro Plc (BMCL) reported a record surge on Saturday from their normal traffic of 80,000 passengers to 200,000, whereas the company that runs the Skytrain, Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTSC), after reporting a drop of 20% in their ‘ridership’ for the first few days of the Red-Shirt demos, stated that their norm has now recovered and even been surpassed.

Sourced from www.economist.com website

The Thai media apparently can no longer get away scot free with blatant manipulation of the news as they once did, according to Simon Montlake in the CSM, as canny news-addicts turn to the Internet and cable TV and other alternative media sources that are not quite so much the mouthpieces of either of the political parties or the powers-that-be as the big dailies and mainstream TV channels.

The Internet has also helped to overcome the lese majesty news clampdowns about speculation on the succession and other taboo subjects, albeit that that audacious mag, The Economist, was banned from Thailand’s streets when it wrote a succession piece. That makes four times the outspoken but highly objective British magazine has been banned in Thailand.

The government may be able to suppress hard print in this way, but the website of The Economist still carried the story, as did Google News and other web-sources. There’s hope for the country yet!

Taliesin Verity

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