Friday, September 22, 2006


The first photo shows the wall of the new mega shopping complex Siam Paragon (largest mall in SE Asia), and Bangkok's Siam Skytrain station (Bangkok's elevated rail system). The democracy protest was supposed to take place "at the fountain." The fountain is located on the plaza. This is normally open. But today it's empty and roped off -- an attempt to head off the planned protest.

I arrived by skytrain. Once in the station, immediately I began to feel a palitable tension in the air. There was a line of cops leaning over the railing looking down. In other places, Thais scurried over to the railings on the side of the station facing the Paragon complex. What were they looking at?

I went back in the station and then exited at the other end...

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