The promise of seven blood baths in Bangkok and no violence

March 17, 2010

    With the same ghoulish intrigue that children pull the wings off a fly, the legs off spiders or as motorists slow to look at a scene of a bad accident, I waited to see the pictures from last night’s demonstration in Thailand. The “red shirt” wearing supporters of ousted Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra promised the world the sight of a million cubic centimetres of blood being drawn from the arms of his supporters and then thrown over Government House to demand that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva call an immediate election.  A million is a bold figure that I tried to picture; a thousand cubic centimetres, one litre, so one thousand litre cartons of milk.  A more compact notion of the volume would be to visualise a cubic metre of blood; or in more practical terms in the UK the average bath size is 140 litres, so that is just over seven baths filled with blood.

blood syringe

A supporter of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra donates blood during a gathering in Bangkok March 16, 2010. Anti-government protesters will collect one million cubic centimetres of blood to pour outside the Government House in Bangkok, in a symbolic move to denounce the government as part of their demonstration to call for fresh elections. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

The pictures are amazing. The frenzy of the demonstrators carrying plastic containers full of human blood. The lines of riot police (what was going through their minds?) facing the crowd. And then suddenly the emotional release as the blood is actually poured at the gates of Government House, leaving a growing crimson pool of human blood spreading towards the feet of the police and towards the buildings of government. 

police stand off

Riot soldiers and policemen stand guard as supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra rally outside the Government house in Bangkok March 16, 2010. Thousands of protesters in Thailand donated blood and poured it later outside the premier’s office on Tuesday, a “sacrifice for democracy” aimed at energising their movement after the government refused to step down.  REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

blood frenzy

Supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra hold canisters with human blood before pouring it outside the Government house in Bangkok March 16, 2010.   REUTERS/Damir Sagolj


Supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra pour human blood from canisters on the gates of the Government house in Bangkok March 16, 2010.    REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

blood pool

Riot police stand behind a pool of human blood poured by supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra in front of the Democrat Party headquarters in Bangkok March 16, 2010.        REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

Will this act forward the cause of the Red Shirts? Reports say not. But I will never forget this act of protest nor will I forget the pictures shot by Damir, Sukree and Chaiwat. Was the million cubic centilitres total reached? Again, reports say no and I doubt anyone will ever know but at least, so far, all blood on the streets of Bangkok during this latest round of protests has been given willingly and surgically removed.


I never knew any kids who pulled wings off flies or legs off spiders.

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Thaksin Shinawatra demonstrates his skill at manipulating gullible and poor communities who still worship golden images and deify their Sovereign to try and satisfy his frustrated ego and corrupted lust for power & wealth to which he has no legal or moral right.
Hopefully this horrific farce will harmlessly play itself out and, when exhausted, be seen for the empty and selfish purpose from which it arose.

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Amazing pictures much better than competition!
I too must confess disgusted curiosity – I wanted to see.


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