Thursday, April 22, 2010
Red Fortress at Bangkok's Business Central District
The red protesters have declared an area around Rajprasong Interesection off-limits to outsiders in an attempt to block any possible crackdown by the military. Six "checkpoints" have been set up around this "special fortress" and red security personnel have imposed a strict check on everybody who attempts to get in or out.
Bangkok's "Central Business District" has turned into a "Red Town" of its own. The military has labelled it a "dangerous zone" and said it will clear the protesters out if they don't disperse voluntarily. But nobody is saying when that will take place.
PM Abhisit Vejjajiva has said the task is difficult because the reds have in their possession "war weapons" but the reds say all they have are bamboo sticks and rocks -- and traditional "bung fai" (home-made rockets) that could down helicopters.
The tense stalemate drags on.