Saturday, September 18, 2010

Will you be at Ratchaprasong Sunday evening?

If you plan to be near Ratchaprasong Intersection Sunday evening, be prepared for some traffic problems. But don't panic. It's going to be just a peaceful gathering of people to mark the Oct 19 coup's fourth anniversary in that area.

I understand that businesses in the area are beefing up security in preparation for the event -- four years after the coup and four months after the red-shirt riots.

Red-shirt leader Sombat Boonngam-anong says the rally at Ratchaprasong Sunday evening will be peaceful. Perhaps, some red balloons will be released. Photographs of past demonstratons may be dispalyed on footpaths. Red cloths may be tied around the area. All these are for "symbolic" reasons.

But there won't be any political speeches. "We will return home immediately after we finish carrying out activities at Ratchaprasong," he was quoted as saying.

So, it's fine to be at Ratchaprasong on Sunday. Your presence will also be "symbolic" to the extent that whether you are for or against this government,you are still entitled to make your presence felt, one way or another.

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