Last weekend I wandered around Bangkok’s famous market, the Chatuchak Weekend Market, with Alicia, the other ILO intern. You’ll most likely see lots of photos from this market — I have plans to go often as long as I’m in the city for the weekend. It’s a sprawling maze of everything you can ever imagine. This is the antiques section of the market.
Anti-government protesters with the People’s Alliance for Democracy have been sitting outside the UN building in Bangkok all week. (I think of them as a welcoming committee of sorts.) In 2006, the same group’s protests helped topple Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra. Although newspapers — and UN security — keep warning that the protests could get violent, I can’t imagine this group of people becoming violent. So far the protest has consisted mainly of people hanging out on a grassy area where they’ve pitched tents, eating street food and taking naps.
To Coup or Not to Coup in Thailand, Asia Times, May 31, 2008