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Red-Shirt Aftermath: Siam Paragon

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Published on May 21, 2010

Apparently Siam Paragon had security guards on duty and Central World did not. Which is why Siam Paragon survived without a scratch while Central got burned to the ground. If that's the case, then those guards are quite literally the bravest men in Thailand. I don't know what they get paid, but the owners of Paragon should give each of them a million+ baht bonus in their next paycheck. They totally deserve it!

As for the red camp under Siam Station, what can I say? How the HELL did all that stuff get down there. I can understand people sneaking food into the camp, but speakers? tents? water cisterns? truckloads of tires?

COME ON! That's just a complete failure on the government's part. I understand that they didn't want to lose the propaganda war, and every time they roughed up a red-shirt, there'd be some foreign journalist conveniently located nearby taking video and talking about government violence against "democratic (HA!)" protesters, but seriously, I don't think anyone would blame the government for stopping a shipment of TENTS into the area. Political protests are one thing, setting up shanty towns in the middle of the street is an entirely different matter.

The other matter is the fact that A LOT of money was spent on this camp, but not on arming the protesters. Nobody can make the claim that this was a non-violent protest. Not anymore. They intended all along for things to get ugly. So if they REALLY wanted those farmers to win, they'd have snuck in a shipment of machine guns, but then they'd have to start listening to the farmers too, and they didn't want that. So instead they whipped them up into a frenzy and then set them lose against the army equipped with nothing more than slingshots.

It's a farce. And just ONCE I'd like those idiot reporters on CNN to take off their ridiculous helmets and flak jackets and actually DO NEWS, instead of simply repeating red propaganda verbatim without questioning it's verasity AT ALL.

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