Bloody Bangkok

Posted by Grey Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Bangkok's in a bloody mess now. Literally.

Talk about a bloodless revolution. The nauseatingly long-winded soap drama revolving around ousted former Thai Prime Minister Thakshin Shinawatra, his supporters, the anti-government coalition, United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), and the ruling Democrats Government climaxed earlier yesterday with a literally bloody twist.

Thailand's street protesters are taking extreme measures to cut through the noisy debate about who should run their country. The newest tactics: Splattering their own blood in an elaborate curse and hurling exploding bags of feces.

On Tuesday, antigovernment demonstrators splattered several gallons of blood at the gates of Thailand's government headquarters in a symbolic sacrifice to step up their campaign for fresh elections and to bring back Thailand's ousted populist leader, Thaksin Shinawatra, from exile.

Thousands of protesters wearing their customary red shirts lined up among Bangkok's historic temples to have their blood drawn by nurses before a priest laid a curse on Thailand's ruling military and bureaucratic elites as hundreds of riot police looked on.

Thai Red Cross officials described the ceremony as a waste that could save many lives. But many of the tens of thousands of protesters who have streamed into Bangkok the last few days said giving up some of their blood was the least they could do to bring back Mr. Thaksin, who was ousted in a military coup in 2006 and is still adored in Thailand's impoverished rural areas despite being convicted of corruption and labeled a fugitive.

"I'd sacrifice anything for this—not just my blood, but my life," said Thitima Thawong, a 57-year-old contractual worker for Bangkok's city government.

Protest leaders say they gathered around 500 liters of blood in a potent gesture, especially for Thailand, where many animist and superstitious beliefs coincide with the Buddhism that the bulk the country's 65 million people practice. Luck Rakanithes, a prominent astrologer, says the protesters were setting up a symbolic spilling of blood to avoid any violent confrontation.

"The blood has been offered in exchange for power," Mr. Luck says.

A royal Brahman priest, Wan Thepmuni, speaking to local media, described the ceremony as "black magic" designed to fulfill the protesters' wishes and spread fear among their opponents.

Thailand's government appears unperturbed. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva vowed again Tuesday to stay in office.

Can't help but wonder if some high-ranking member of the infamous UDD is actually a vampire. If there is indeed vampire in this world, I can already imagine all of them turning into their bat form and flying into Bangkok for the vampire's version of Oktoberfest.

A scene taken from the latest Ethan Hawke movie, Daybreakers.
Nah really it's just politics.


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