Bangkok red-shirt rally April 2009 pictorial special (galleries)

Bangkok red-shirt rally April 2009 pictorial special (galleries)
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Bangkok red-shirt rally April 8, 2009 photo slide gallery

 

 

Bangkok red-shirt rally April 10, 2009 photo slide gallery

On April 9, 2009 taxi drivers blocked access to the Victory Monument traffic circle in the Ratchathewi district, northeast of central Bangkok. Victory Monument is one of Bangkok’s busiest traffic circles as well as a major commuter transportation terminal catering to a large number of private and public bus services, a BTS Skytrain station and a major nearby expressway. The audacious move by the UDD to disrupt Bangkok’s notoriously bad traffic at Victory Monument caught the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and the public totally off-guard.

Mr Abhisit declared the next day a public holiday adding an extra day to the Songkran (Thai New Year) holiday due to commence on the weekend. By the morning of April 9, 2009, more than 2,000 people were still camped at the Victory Monument traffic circle while around 5,000 people were still at the main protest site in front of Thailand’s Government House.

 

Bangkok red-shirt rally April 12, 2009 photo slide gallery

On Sunday, April 12, 2009 Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Veijajiva declared a state of emergency in Bangkok after red shirt UDD protesters stormed an Asean economic summit in Pattaya, causing the 10 Asean heads of state plus those from six regional dialogue partners to flee and the 14th Asean Summit to be postponed (See: Thailand Prime Minister dead man walking as Asean leaders flee Pattaya).

With the Thai military now on the street red shirt protesters extended their blockade of Government House blocking road intersections with government buses and erecting blockades at others. At one point an army tank rammed several taxis blocking an intersection but withdrew as protesters rallied. Late in the evening the first casualties began to arrive as the result of clashes with unidentified groups of people.

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John Le Fevre is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer and editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Most recently he was the Thailand editor/ managing editor of AEC News Today . Prior to that he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

Opinions and views expressed on this site are those of the author’s only. Read more at About me

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