Bangkok Stock Exchange on fire a few hours ago…

From a Slugger reader. The government’s curfew kicks in shortly at 8pm local time. Gunfire is being heard in various parts of the city. Shops, banks and most other forms of commercial life have closed. The current expectation is that the trouble will die down by the morning. The protesters’ leadership appears to be split between moderates and hard liners. And trouble is flaring in other parts of the country.

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  • Mack

    More here as well.

    A luxury shopping centre (Central World) also appears to be burning down.

  • I stayed in Bangkok for two days in March, in one of the areas (Silom) that has been in the news. At the time the redshirts were camped out in the government district a couple of km away, and merely managed to impede our guided tour. I was relieved that I didn’t book the layover in Bangkok on the way back from NZ, rather than on the way there.

    But let’s not forget that as well as buildings being torched, three dozen people have been killed.

  • Manfarang

    The curfew (8pm -6am) has been extended for another night.
    Not many buses running yesterday. Post offices were open. Late getting my copy of the Bangkok Post this morning.It was smaller than normal due to a power cut that stopped production at their office.

  • Manfarang

    The Central World building is reported to have collapsed.
    Channel 3 TV is off the air.The studio was trashed by the red mob.Many Bangkok Bank branches have been damaged.

  • Manfarang

    Calm has returned to Bangkok.
    Thaksin Shinawatra,the ousted former prime minister of Thailand, is right when he says the situation could give rise to guerrilla warfare.
    He is of course speaking from experience.His crackdowns in the far south of Thailand in the period when he was prime minister led to a great deal of violence with killing on a daily basis that shows no sign of ending.