Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 16, 2012 9:38 PM Last Post By: bun_cha
Nov 15, 2012 10:49 AM
Bangkok ProtestI read a report that there will be protests in Bangkok by Pitak Siam while I'm visiting. For those familiar with these sorts of things, is this something I should be concerned about? Are these protests generally peaceful? Is there any feeling that this one could get out of control?
And are there any colors we should avoid wearing as not to get mixed up into the politics of it?
Nov 15, 2012 2:14 PM
1I wouldn't worry about it as long as you stay out the actual protest then it shouldn't be a problem. It is unlikely to turn into the sort of protests we saw a few back, and even then very few people where caught up in it who didn't so wish to be. Most protests are fairly peaceful and no worse that you would see in most European countries.
As for colours, assuming that you are non-Asian/non-Thai I once again don't think it will be a problem simply because you won't look Thai and so you won't be assumed to be part of a protest.If you wish to avoid certain colours then it would be red and yellow - (the 'redshirts supported taksin shinawatra and now his sister in power and are mainly from rural areas, and the 'yellowshirts' which are royalists and strong nationalists). So these would be the colours to avoid, although you may also wish to avoid pink as a lot of yellow shirts are wearing pink royal shirts as well.
Hope this helps
Nov 15, 2012 7:47 PM
2I generally agree with #1's advice. You should not be overly concerned. Just avoid the immediate area where the demonstration is taking place. In other parts of the city you will have no idea that it is even going on.
And as long as you don't look Thai, you can wear whatever colour you like. Nobody is going to think you have a certain view on Thai politics just because of the colour you are wearing. But for your information, the people who will attend this rally are against the current government. The government is generally supported by the 'red shirt' group.
Nov 16, 2012 12:05 AM
Nov 16, 2012 4:59 AM
4I've been in Bangkok before when there were protests and unless you were on the streets concerned, you (as a tourist) would not have known about them.
The few I have seen have been peaceful, with some music and dancing. If you see one, just take photos like everyone else (including the Thais) does.
They can play havoc on traffic on affected roads though.
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