Wednesday, September 20, 2006

A Revolution Under Golden Arches

We move up the street and find ouselves opposite the UN Development Agency building. Across from the building is the same blocked off area. There are more troops, happier ones it seems, positioned under a giant royal banner. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the King's reign, and to celebrate the streets of the capitol are decked out with golden ornamentation, photos of the King, and lights-covered trees.

A man steps forward to give an impromtu news conference beside the tank. I took a video of the interview, and the hotel manager translated. "From now on the goverment will not to be so busy meddling everywhere..." Answering another question the spokesperson said, "The soldiers have gone outside to make things good, and they were ordered to do so by general Sonthi Boonyaratkalin."

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