Most people around the world are aware of the nightmarish situation currently happening in downtown Bangkok so I have refrained from talking about here on my blog, however the protests have also started happening here in Ubon Ratchathani.
I have heard reports over the last few days of some roads being blocked by red shirt people but I have not seen them with my own eyes or seen any photos of it so refrained from mentioning it.
About two hours ago I heard that there were roads being blocked in the city and tyres were being set alight. I turned on my TV which has a feed from four traffic cameras on the main road as one of the channels and sure enough I could see some smoke. I called my wife who is at work and she told me that there was a protest at the entrance to the airforce base which is only 50m from our shop.
My first reaction was to head down with my camera and take some photos but as I am looking after my two kids that was impossible. Thankfully someone else went down and has just recently posted some photos on a public album. You can see them all here.
Here are two pics that give a good overall idea of what was happening.
Within an hour or so of it starting it was all over and the airforce base and Uppalisan Road are now back to normal.
*EDIT* 7pm, Sunday: The Thai government has added Ubon Ratchathani to the list of provinces that are now under a state of emergency.