Protest by the Nonthaburi Pier

So there have been protests in Thailand since November, with most of the rally sites being in key intersections in Bangkok. We live and work in the outer skirts of the capital in a mostly suburban area and our everyday life has barely been affected by any of them. We, like most folks, have kept tabs on things from the articles on BBC News, NY Times or Bangkok Times. But we got a slight taste of one of the protests in January, when the opposition party was marching outside our school and towards Chang Wattana for their main rally point.

In anticipation of this march, the administration of our school cancelled school because of the traffic build up and likely student absences anyway. Because of this, the teachers got a in-school work day and we got to go street side to catch a bit of the protest:

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3 thoughts on “Protest by the Nonthaburi Pier

  1. When the protests came past our school we weren’t expecting it, we were out of the city (that city being Hat Yai, way down in the south) and didn’t think they would bother coming all the way out past us. Turns out they did, and then they stopped outside this monstrosity of a government school, and they played their music and waved their flags and shouted their political musings into loudspeakers, attracting all 3000+ students out of the classrooms. There were so many of them in one place m the school gate, the director had to allow the gates to be opened to avoid a crush. The students spilled out into the road and followed the protest off into the distance. It was craziness!

    • That sounds intense! We were struck by how many folks were streaming by in the protest and it was surreally like a parade. The protestors were taking pictures of us and waving and just so smiley. Definitely a different world than we were used to.

      • It was just like a town parade or carnival – nothing seemed too dangerous (apart from the fact that they were effectively kidnapping thousands of students!) even at the main protest stages it was a nice ‘picnic’ atmosphere with blankets and of course, lots of food. Nothing like the images i’ve seen on the news of the violence in Bangkok, thankfully.

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