Pattaya, 18 March, 2010, [PDN]: As the Red Shirt marchers returned home following their protest, many proclaimed the demonstration as a success, perhaps not because it removed the government, but that it demonstrated the commitment, especially among the citizens of Pattaya and Chonburi, towards corruption-free democracy.
Prior to the Red Shirt Rally in Bangkok, Mrs. Jureeporn Sindhuprai, President of the People Love Democracy Association of Pattaya, had led a group of over 300 Red Shirts, first on a recruitment drive round town and later to the demo itself. These 300 represented but a fraction of those who flocked to support the Red Shirt cause in Bangkok, everyone from motorcycle taxi drivers and trades-people to prominent business owners.
The representatives of both Pattaya and Chonburi are always well respected and received on stage, apparently, when they are called upon to speak to the assemblies at Red Shirt rallies. This current one was no exception, as the three or four prominent representatives of the region were cheered and applauded by the audience for condemning governmental corruption and lack of professionalism, one result of which was the adverse affect on tourism in the area. However, Pattaya is currently weathering the storm.
Before she and her husband left to join the Bangkok rally, one of these prominent business people just mentioned, Khun Joom, was interviewed by PDN. Khun Joom said that she and her husband had left their12-year-old son at home to take care of his two younger sisters, whilst they, the parents, went to Bangkok. She also said “We are fighting for real democracy for our kids , for the younger generation, even it might take another 5 years, it doesn’t matter, but we have to start it now.” Khun Joom articulated the sentiments of many of the region’s Red Shirts.
Meanwhile, the Red Shirt rally in Bangkok seemed to have had little impact on the Pattaya tourist trade. PDN’s reporters, last night, reported that Walking Street, South Pattaya, was enjoying record numbers of late night revellers, particularly Russians and Asians from China, Taiwan, and Korea. Earlier in the day, the boat trips to Koh Larn had been noticed as being extremely popular, and there were many swimmers and sunbathers on the beaches of the city.
The city is currently gearing up for the Pattaya International Music Festival 2010, for which, Pattaya Deputy Mayor, Mr. Ronkid Ekasing, announced, yesterday,17 March, that preparations were 70% complete. It is anticipated that more then half a million Thai and foreign tourists will attend the festival.
It just goes to show how unique Pattaya is that it can carry on regardless of political turmoil – floreat Pattaya – long may it flourish.
Lasted News :
As the majority of Red Shirt protestors move, perhaps dispiritedly, back up country, analysts are calling the outcome of the UDD rally a victory of the Abhisit Vejjajiva government, with investors and the SET rallying in exaltation that powers-that-be had faced down the protestors, even to the extent of seemingly neutralizing the Brahminical curses by the sprinkling of holy water on the ground by a Democrat representative.
Having made their bloody protest outside the Democrat Party head-quarters yesterday evening Tuesday, 16 March 2010, at 6:45 pm. the Red Shirts are converging on Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s residence in Soi Sukhumvit 31 to make their third and final gesture, this morning.
As the Red Shirts prepare to paint the town red with blood, or at least Government House and two other key locations, Thaksin Shinawatra appears to have vanished, Scarlet Pimpernel-like, with the possibility that he is Montenegro.
The grand Pattaya Music Festival is back in town to entertain music lovers. This is an unrivalled opportunity to enjoy a weekend of listening and dancing to beautiful music performed by more than 100 musicians. Fun awaits everyone, on the weekend of March