Ubon red shirt protests turn violent

After various smaller protests around Ubon Ratchathani this morning over 1,000 protesters blocked off the main road between Tung Sri Muang Park and the main government compound at around 1pm today.

Police and army were on hand to repel their demands to enter the compound.

Tyres were burnt and a main speaker was rallying the troops.

Flags were then removed from part of the fence.

That fence was then pushed over over by the red shirts and hundreds then tried to enter the compound.

The army while very reluctant at first tried hard to push them back but they were fighting a losing battle.

The army retreated back to the main building and about half of the red shirt crowd stormed the site. Suddenly two loud explosions were heard and the crowd very quickly did an about face and came running back to the main protest site. I saw one man who was injured and rushed away in a waiting vehicle. I have since heard that three people were killed. Now I must stress that at this stage this is just a rumour and I will try my hardest to find out if it is true or not.

17 responses to “Ubon red shirt protests turn violent

  1. Thanks for the updates, they are really appreciated. Here’s hoping it does not get out of hand and that they will follow the most recent actions of the Red Shirt leaders in BKK…according to the news!

    I hope you don’t mind that I have posted a link to your site on http://www.strayandsnap.blogspot.com

    Keep up the good work.

  2. thanks for news.

  3. I am so sorry how these good Isaan people are so deceived and duped by just another tricky businessman. If they win this rebellion they are digging their own graves, and will end up like Laos and Vietnam in a collectivist Socialist dictatorship. Try to tell them sir. Love and Peace!

  4. Aroha & Scotty

    Keep safe Mocky mob. x

  5. Lu, you underestimate the intelligence of the locals. Fools may be “duped” but not collectively nearly all the Esaan people. This is NOT about a businessman, this is about disenfranchisement and rights being stolen from them. These are the people that provide the life-blood of this country, RICE. Yet they are deprived of a say in their own government. The people’s anger and indignation has come to the boil. They KNOW full-well that they are labelled fools by some “establishment” and that makes them more resentful and bitter. Many don’t even like the “businessman” you refer to.
    Peace may come to the country if Abhisit calls an immediate general election (under the old constitution). Is that too much to ask? He won’t because he knows he can not win.
    Unfortunately the discontent is going to escalate, accompanied by more violence, more deaths and into civil war if that election does not happen NOW.
    My adopted country is being dumped into a quagmire by the puffed-up elite of Bangkok.

  6. I confirme for the 3 dead.

    • Can you please provide more information about this being correct as I really want to make sure this is in fact true before announcing it as gospel. As far as I am aware it is still rumour.

  7. Good post David, precise in truth and detai, Very sad days for Thailand

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  9. Thank you for the additional information, and especially for the pictures.

    As I mentioned on Brunty’s “Isaan Style” blog, the “Bangkok Post” isn’t reporting much news on the situation in Ubon.

    You have the first photos I’ve seen. If you took them yourself, I hope you used a long telephoto lens. It seems as if situations can turn violent very quickly, almost without notice.

    It pays to be careful.

  10. Two dead are confirmed in the Bangkok Post. “Two demonstrators were shot dead and five people were wounded. ”
    Link:
    http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/178458/red-chaos-in-the-northeast

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  12. 41 dead over the last few days alone. I wake up to shock here in Australia as I see the other “Lucky Country” my beloved Thailand teeter towards civil war. Cannot condone this splinter group vandalising Bangkok. Only positive thing I can think for the future is that many red shirt leaders did surrender and call for peace. This at least separates the bulk of red shirts from these acts of vandalism and allows a small window for a peaceful resolution.
    My biggest fear though is if an IRA style terrorists movement persists.
    THIS IS THE MOMENT FOR A TOTAL AND MEANINGFUL RETURN TO NEGOTIATIONS.
    Otherwise God knows what will happen

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