Sorry if this is a non bike post but No, Bangkok is not burned to ground. Small part of it is burned by small group of selfish politicians. I have a perfect write up below of what is happening. A much better word than mine, because I am speechless…. now time to clean up the mess.

To all my dear freind overseas,

You probably know what has happened in Thailand especially yesterday. You probably realize that there are no photos or response from your Thai friends in Thailand . Why? It is simply because we were all shocked and closely followed the news since early morning.

Yesterday, we, Bangkokians, were frightened as we woke up and saw Bangkok sky covered with huge black clouds. It was not the haze or cumolonimbus; in fact it was the smoke from fire. Until now, 35 buildings were set on fire by the mob, banks, government offices, commercial buildings, homes, even TV 3 station (they still cannot have anything on), etc. It happened in most major corners of Bangkok , you name it…Ratchaprasong, Ratchadamri, Rama 1, Pratunam, Victory Monument , Silom, Saladaeng. Allow me to inform you with my broken heart that our beautiful and landmarks Zen, Central World, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Siam Square are all gone under fire. Some spots are still burning. It is not because the firemen did not do their job. The true fact is they could not reach these places on time as they were stopped, shot and attacked by M79 and all kinds of bullets. Right now, Zen has collapsed, Siam Cenema in Siam Square about to collapse,
Central World also about to collapse at any time. We saw the bad intention groups put gas tanks everywhere and open fire. We saw these people threw torches towards the buildings just to set up fire. And, this is only about the fire.

The Dusit Thani Hotel completely closed as the building was attacked by M79 and RPG by red-shirted demonstrators. Two floors, 5th and 17th, were on fire. No, it is not enough, these ill-intention groups continue raided and set fire to City Hall of Ubontatchathani , Udonthani, Mukdaharn,Khon Kaen. Tyre burning is seen everywhere, not only in Bangkok but also other provinces in the North, the Northease and the East including Chiang Mai, Nonthaburi, Ayuthaya, Chonburi. 23 provinces were under severe state of emergency and curfew.

CNN and BBC including foreign newspapers are biased and distorted the fact. Their reporters are indeed ignorant and want to give wrong information to the world. Right now only Al Jazeera and Antara are reporting the true fact. The Thai people are writing complaint letters and open letters to these media, we also gave clips as evidence of their lies.

So,if you see something by your local dailies or newsreports, please remember that the majority of the Thai people hate Thaksin Shinawatra who is the criminal and on escape of corruption jail term; the same Thaksin Shinawatra who said he would come back to Thailand as the President; the same Thaksin Shinawatra who wants to topple the monarchy. We have numbers of clips as strong evidence to show to the world that he and his red-shirted supporters intend to harm the monarchy. No other people but the Thais will understand why and how and how much we love our King. Foreigners do not understand it and that the reason why foreign reporters always write negatively about our King.

Please remember that the majority of the Thai people do not support the red shirt. We understand their problems but we cannot be held hostages in our homes by these demonstrators for two months. (Regarding this matter, the Human Rights groups did not ask us, the Bangkokians, what we fees and how we survive; they only gave extreme sympathy to those demonstrators who barred us from office and normal way of living.)

The majority of the Thai people may not disagree with some points by the government and PM Abhisit but we fully support them for all the measures based on international standard to end the crisis. Most importantly, our army and police do not kill people in purpose as claimed by Thaksin, red-shirted leaders and some “want to make themselves look good” NGOs, and academics. In fact, the authorities, not only the armymen and the police but also the rescue team were attacked, assaulted and fired by all kinds of weapons.

Dear friends, I really appreciate your concern and your kind words from phone conversation, through sms and e-mail messages rendered to me since the beginning of the crisis. Please accept my heart-felt gratitudes to all of you.


Photo from Ben’s Flickr