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RAW: Redshirts: Battle of Bon Kai - UPDATE: Troops Begin Massing in Central Bangkok

Bangkok residents living in the "war zones" are running out of patience after being trapped inside their homes for five days.

The Bon Kai community in Klong Toey district and residents near the Ratchaprarob intersection in Phaya Thai district have been the hardest hit by sporadic clashes between demonstrators and security forces since the Centre for Resolution of the Emergency Situation forces began surrounding the red shirts’ Ratchaprasong encampment on Thursday.

Bon Kai is located on Rama IV road, which has become a major battleground between protesters and security forces.

Ratchaprarop intersection emerged as another intense fighting zone after security forces set up barricades to stop people travelling to the rally site.

Thirty-seven people have been killed and more than 300 injured so far, many of them shot on Rama IV and Ratchaprarop roads. Red shirt sympathisers livi

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Added: May-18-2010 Occurred On: May-18-2010
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Tags: Bangkok, Bon Kai district, Thailand, anti-government, protests, war zone, redshirts, clash, security forces, soldiers, snipers
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  • this isn't gonna end well...........

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  • lol gonna be one dead white dude in moment.

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  • Welcome to the age of chaos..

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  • I haven't yet seen any good analysis of which side I should be rooting for. I mean I know the Red Shirts claim that the current govt got there by fixing the election, but the govt claims the outgoing guy was a corrupt thug. So who to believe? Right now the only people I feel sympathy for are the citizens stuck in their homes while this bullshit goes down.

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    • The ousted dude, Thugsin, was a real fuckin prick. But also a successfull business man, all in all a very controversial dude. I fuckin hated him for taking credit of the tourist boom of the late 90's and 2000, calling it his victory is pretty fuckin far out there... Read more from Wikipedia. One of his pet projects was:

      - The War on Drugs:

      In the first three months, Human Rights Watch reports that 2,275 people were killed.[72] The government claimed that only around 50 of the deaths were More..

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    • Thats what ALL of the world needs to do. If you sell drugs and get caught they kill you. That would end the war on drugs fast.

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    • And what I heard was that the military drove the legally elected President out off office(2006).
      A military dictatorship.So what ever the red-shirts stand for, their discharged President is the actual elected leader.
      Why doesnt the military allow ellections?
      Why do most rightwingers here stand behind this dictatorship? Why is our media so compliant with this military dictatorship?

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    • Did you not read what I pasted from Wiki? Somewhat 60% were extrajuducial killings... People who had nothing to do with drugs...

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    • First off, Thugsin was not the president, Thailand is a monarchy. The ex PM is as crooked as they come and he was ousted for that very reason... That's why the military took control.

      Furthermore the Reds were offered elections in November, one year ahead of time, but that's not what they're really after. It's all about Thugsin, the ousted, crooked as fuck ex PM who shops in a Louis Vuitton boutigue on Champs Elysees while his followers are destroying the capital of the kingdom. THAT'S WHY peo More..

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  • Why don't they all put down the weapons and walk to 7-11 for some taquitos? That's what I would do. Mmmmmm taquitos...

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  • Brought to you by 7-11.

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  • These people are really brave! Kill police and army! Free the country from junta!

    Posted May-21-2010 By 

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  • Now the ousted ex PM on Thailand, Mr Thugsin also known as cube head "hinted" that the militarys intervention of the "Red camp" might result in nationwide guerrilla warfare. This fucking dude is sitting somwhere in Dubai in his 8 star hotel and inciting people to civil war...

    The Red radio station are already flaming supporters to burn everything in sight etc. My friends just reported seeing the smoke rising. Shopping centre (WTC) has been set ablaze and also the main stoc More..

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  • I like how there's explosions nearby and gunfire, yet during filming he looks at random guys and asks, "Hi. How are you?"

    LOL.

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  • I'd say that was pretty good amateur reporting from a guy who probably is a tourist. Kept it together pretty well and tried to explain what was going on as best he could.

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  • Really? not one bicycle tire in the pile?

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  • What do they have Bob Ross over there running a camera?

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  • What a waste of tires!!!!!! WTF?!?!

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  • The red shirts will now disperse, arm themselves, & start killing troops & officials. Here comes your payback, tyrants. You asked for it. Now you're going to get it.

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  • Tony Jaa needs to show up and straighten this whole thing out...OngBak2 style!

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  • Any clue about the reason for that 3 decades long demonstration ?

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  • It will be interesting to see how the western world will react if a supposedly democratic country ends up re-enacting Tienanmen Square.

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  • *my opinion
    "my eyes" is german

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    • how well do you know the history behind the current clashes? do you know how it all started and why they started and how far back it goes? do you think the reds are really fighting for democracy or just to get Thugsin back into power?

      it's easy to read a few stories on the news and go to thailand for a while on holiday. that still hardly makes anyone an expert on why exactly things are going down like they are now. i lived in bangkok for 4 years and witnessed Thugsins politics in action and t More..

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    • and one reason they wont just "let someone have elections" when they want is because that's not how countries are run. and if you understood the thai system better, you would realise that Thugsin would buy the votes of the ignorant, just like he's done before with idiotic promises of free health care etc... running hospitals out of business to gain more control for himself and the love of the people who are less fortunate. imagine that, a corrupt multi billionaire as the head of a rura More..

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  • They should all get together and have a few slurpees at 7-11 while they discuss the problem if that doesnt work then they should throw refer bombs so they can all get high and make friends.

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  • Awesome action, awesome commentary.. Defiantly Vote

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  • The army could steamroll the whole opposition if they didn't restrain themselves, the fact that "only" 65 people died in over two months says about the troops ROE. They're firing rubber bullets (which have caused some fatalities) and destroying the barricades, there's no shelling or serious firefights.

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  • stupid americaan comentary uh the firing uh ah stupid people nuke them

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  • looks like KNLA in Myanmar.

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