Sunday, September 19, 2010

Coup 4th anniversary: From Lebanon to Ratchaprasong: Message of 'peace' and 'sounds good'

The re-shirts are back at Ratchaprasong this afternoon. The rally has so far been peaceful and police were trying to keep everybody reasonably happy.

Shouts of "People died here!" were heard several times. The fourth anniversary of the Sept 19 coup is being marked in Bangkok and Chiang Mai with some fanfare. The government says holding such rallies is fine as long as no law is broken. Loudspeakers aren't being used and the new police chief, Police Gen Vichien Potchposri, has told his officers to report to him every half an hour. A red-shirt leader has said the rally will disperse in the evening. Police have given them until 8 pm to go home.

Things seem well under control. The "symbolism" of this gathering seems well noted. Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted as prime ministere four years ago today, tweeted from Lebanon last night pleading for peace and reconciliation.

Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva's terse response when asked by reporters for his comment on Thaksin's tweets was:

"That sounds good."

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