Sunday, April 12, 2009

Deja Vu? I hope not.

Seeing those Thai protesters standing on top of a Chinese made Type89 APC give me the chill tonight, it reminded me so much of what happened 20 years ago in Tiananmen. Of course, the today's Thai military is no PLA of 1989, but the similarity is a bit too close for comfort. (I apologize in advance if you are upset by my comment)

Photo taken yesterday in Thailand

20 years ago in Taianman, near a Type63 APC

More photos of the Thai force.

Thai forces crack down on anti-govt protesters

* Thai forces fire into air to disperse protesters

* Protesters respond by hurling petrol bombs

* Army spokesman says troops shoot after protesters' firing

* Prime minister on TV with commanders dispels coup talk

* Former PM Thaksin calls for uprising after troops deployed

By Martin Petty
BANGKOK, April 13 (Reuters) - The Thai army cracked down on anti-government protesters on Monday, firing warning shots in a major junction of the capital at activists who responded by hurling petrol bombs at them, a Reuters reporter said.
An army spokesman said soldiers trying to clear a main road in Bangkok were shot at by protesters before dawn, and had fired back. Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd told a radio station that troops fired into the air first in response to tear gas and smoke bombs thrown at them by protesters but then fired real bullets.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva declared a state of emergency in Bangkok on Sunday after red-shirted supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra forced the cancellation of an Asian summit in the southern beach resort of Pattaya

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