Military Crackdown in Bangkok – May 19

UPDATE: Here is what is left of my street.



Smoke over Bangkok, photo courtesy of iBangkok

Early this morning, soldiers and armoured personnel carriers advanced on Silom and at Sala Daeng. Military crackdown is currently ongoing.

Update, 4pm: Most of the red shirt leaders have surrendered to police. In response, the arson and looting has begun, and swaths of Bangkok are on fire. This includes the Siam Square cinema, the Stock Exchange, Channel 3 news, the Klong Toei electricity building and many others.  Twitpic of central Bangkok burning here.

Curfew just announced (4:10pm), citywide, from 8pm today through 6am tomorrow.

For live updates

- via Bangkok Pundit’s Blog

- the Reuters blog

Screenshot of an APC trying to break through the barricade at Sala Daeng

Troops in Central Bangkok on May 19th, early morning. Photo from Reuters.

- My Twitter stream (am retweeting photos/updates from those on the ground), or that of @Newley, @vaitor, & @agnesdherbeys, who are on site.

- Also see TravelFish’s State of Emergency in Bangkok thread. While extremely long, WanderingCat has updated on the situation here in real time, and thoroughly.

Am safely away from the protest area. Sad day for Bangkok.

-Jodi