Thailand blood protest: images from the prime minister’s house today

Here are my images from today’s red shirt “blood protest” — is that an official term now? — at the prime minister’s house. You can find the details in this BBC story. And there’s more from GlobalPost and AP.

I have a short video of the blood dousing incident itself, and will try to share that later. For now, here’re the pics…

There’re a few more images in the full Flickr photoset.

As ever, I’ll continue to monitor events. Follow me on Twitter for real-time updates.


Images from today’s red shirt blood protest

Here are some photos from the red shirts’ blood protest here in Bangkok today. I can’t say I’ve ever seen anything like it.

Here’re the details from, NPR, and the WSJ.

In brief: thousands of demonstrators began donating blood at about 8:30 a.m. today at the main rally site, near Rajadamnoen Rd. The blood was collected in large containers, and then in the late afternoon a large group of protesters marched — brandishing the blood — to Government House. There, several red shirt leaders poured blood near the entrance. (The WSJ story has a pic of that moment.)

The symbolic act was meant, red shirt leaders said, to show Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva that if he wants to enter the compound, he’ll have to step on Thai blood to do so.

Warning: if you don’t like images of needles or blood — or, specifically, photos of large plastic bottles full of blood — avert your eyes now…

Here’s the full photoset on Flickr.

I’ll be covering the ongoing protests tomorrow (Wed. the 17th), as well. You can follow me on Twitter for updates.


Red shirt protests: images from Sun. and Mon.

Here are some images from the red shirt protests here in Bangkok today (Mon., March 15) and yesterday (Sun., March 14).

Some of these images are from the demonstration at the 11th infantry regiment complex (story from AP here) north of Bangkok today. Others are are of the scenes at Victory Monument today and the happenings at the main protest site along Rajadamnoen Rd. area downtown yesterday.

Here’s a link to the full Flickr photoset.

Stay tuned. The red shirts promise to make a rather dramatic, symbolic move tomorrow…


Red shirt protests in Bangkok: Follow me on Twitter for updates

Quick note — I’ve been out and about all day reporting on the red shirt protests here in Bangkok. It’s difficult to update remotely, but I’ve been posting snippets of text and a few images on Twitter. Follow me here.

More soon…


Two quick videos of yesterday’s red shirt protests

In addition to the images of the red shirt protests I posted yesterday, I wanted to share a couple of mobile phone videos I shot. ((Gadget-related aside: Yes, I took these with my trusty Nokia E71. Its keypad may be too small, but its multimedia capabilities and web browsing are decent.))

These videos are far from masterful, technically speaking, but I wanted to give you a sense of what the demonstrations look and sound like.

Please note that both of these videos were shot yesterday — Sat., March 13, 2010. (The protests are still continuing, and I don’t want there to be any confusion about when I recorded these.)

Here’s a 360-degree look at the red shirts gathered around the main stage area around 6:30 p.m. yesterday. (Direct link to the video is here, and it’s embedded below.)

And here’s a look at pedestrians cheering red shirt protesters near Victory Monument yesterday. (Direct link to the video is here, and it’s embedded below.)