Life With Red Shirts (Sua Daeng) in Bangkok

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It is hard to get around the city with many streets being closed to pedestrian traffic. Troops have sealed off certain parts of the city to prevent the violence from spreading. Today a child was charged with torching 3 houses. The Sky Train and Metro have canceled services indefinitely. This makes it expensive getting around in taxis. Many have to take a roundabout way to get to your destination. The city is deserted with people unable to get to work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week were declared holidays. Most embassies are closed, as are immigration offices. Life goes on otherwise. The Red Shirts have just announced that with outside meditation talks can begin. We are all basically being held hostage. There is no random violence. The violence is directed towards the military. It is safe as long as you do not go into the closed zone. Half of the military support the Red Shirts so the military is afraid to go in and start shooting. There are about 5,000 Red Shirts, including many women and children in the closed zone. The government should have taken action weeks ago before things got out of hand. Both parties are to blame. I would suggest as would your embassy that you do not come to Thailand at this time. Civil war could break out.
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