As it happened, we were at Viphawadi-Rangsit Road on Saturday, since our daughter was visiting her dentist on one of the sois off the road in the afternoon. Red-shirted pro-democracy demonstrators were up and down the road all the time we were there, while many of those people who were still working were wearing red in solidarity with the struggle against aristocracy-rule. People visited the shops along the soi handing out ‘dissolve parliament’ stickers. The atmosphere was again one of celebration and anticipation – this time, there really can be the change that people want.
I haven’t been to the centre of the city to see the occupation of the retail centre areas but, on the way to work this morning I travelled along Ratchada Road and there were some thousands (I find it very difficult to estimate numbers) protesting in and outside the grounds of the court there.
The opposition is plain to see: a motley crew of ageing fascist sympathizers and PAD thugs, as well as the usual useful idiots who have sucked too long on the teat of state-mandated ideological state apparatuses, gathered in a masquerade for ‘peace’ in their pink shirts (wonder whether they were paid for by the same person who cannot be named otherwise … well, for obvious reasons – the same person who is believed to have paid for the occupation of government house and the international airports). While there, they sang the song ‘Scum of the earth’ (nak phaendin), which was used in the massacre of dozens of students by military butchers in the 1970s.