Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The PAD

I did not want to mention anything earlier, but here is what is going on it Thailand. The PAD, the peoples alliance for democracy has been protesting throughout the city. By protesting they are attempting to make the prime minister step down, of course he is refusing.

So here is what has been happening, I wake up each morning and read the paper to find out where the PAD will be that day and avoid that area. The reasons are that there have been several gernades thrown during these demonstrations and as of late the police have begun shooting warning shots.

Yesterday the PAD rallied at Don Muang, which is one of the two airports in Bangkok, the other is Suvarnabhumi. Last night the PAD decide to show up at Suvarnabhumi which is why you are hearing about all the travel cancellations, which also happens to be the airport I am flying out of tonight.

So here is the plan, I am going to check to see if my flight is still on, if so I am going to make my way to the airport around 11pm and hopefully avoid the PAD. The perk to the PAD is that they tend to move around and not stay in one place for a long period of time, so hopefully everything will go as planned. Another great feature of the PAD is that they wear yellow so they are easy to identify, it is hard to miss thousands of yellow bodies.

I will keep everyone posted as to what is happening, there is nothing to worry about. It's all good.

1 comment:

Matt said...

Protests can get out of hand, so be careful. I can remember being in a taxi in Lima, Peru when a mob of protesters headed for us and the driver had to reverse through several streets.

Have you left your hotel for the past few days to train and site-see, or are you hanging out at the hotel to avoid the PAD? I hope your flight isn't canceled and you're able to get the 15-20 stops you have planned on your way home.

Take care