Bangkok Battlefield – 18/05/2010

BANGKOK 18/05/2010 – The United Nations has urged Thailand to put an end to the violent clashesand restart negotiations. This is easier said than done, because a minority of extreme anti-government militantsare hellbent on violence. It is a very difficult situation for the Thai government to deal withand a tremendous amount of restraint andtolerance, will be required byeveryone here in Bangkok…

The BTS Skytrain and MRT Undergroundservices are suspended on Tuesday 18/05/2010 and Wednesday 19/05/2010. Even considering the numerousroad blocks and Thai Army checkpoints, you can still get aroundBangkok. In saying that, it is highly advisable to stay away from Silom and other red shirt protest sites. However, despite the ongoingconfrontations betweenanti-government protesters and the Thai authorities, life goes on (although somewhat cautiously) for the majority of people living in the Thai capital. Roadblocks and Thai Army checkpoints are around various areas of Bangkok. On my way toSoi Nana last night our car was stopped twice at Thai Army checkpoints. Thai troops checked the boot and we were allowed to drive on down Sukhumvit Soi 3 towards the Soi Nana intersection. I agree with the Thai Army checkpoints, because it is better to be safe than sorry…

ARMED THAI SOLDIERS ON GUARD IN SOI NANA

ARMED THAI SOLDIERS ON GUARD IN SOI NANA

Some foreigners continue to party in the pubs, clubs and go-go bars, as though the Bangkok battlefield is in another city. The go-go bars in Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy continue to open their doors. But, a shortage of bar girls and an anxious atmosphere forced the majority of go-go bars in Nana Plaza to close by midnight last night. Although there were no incidents in the Nana area last night, bar bosses were concerned about their staff being able to get back home. As a precaution, the 7 Eleven and Nana Petrol Stationat the entrance to SoiNanaclosed last night. Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy will open again tonight. At the moment bar and shop owners in lower Sukhumvit aremaking decisionson a day-to-day basis.

Meanwhile, the Thai VS Thai confrontation continues…

THAI SOLDIERS POSE FOR A PHOTO AT THE SOI NANA INTERSECTION

THAI SOLDIERS POSE FOR A PHOTO AT THE SOI NANA INTERSECTION

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