This morning, the Thai Army attacked the main Red Shirt Encampment.
Using armored personal carriers and thousands of troops, they breached the barricades, stormed the Red Shirt lines, and cleared Central World and Lumpini Park—the center of Red Shirt resistance.
When the bullets start to fly, lesser bloggers cut and run, leaving the country with empty wallets and with their tails between their legs to hide out in various third world shit holes like India and Indonesia.
When the guns begin to fire, fat assed lesser bloggers smell the smoke, hear the guns, and scurry to the airport to drag their big fat soft asses back to the safety of The World.
But BigBabyKenny.com heads toward the sound of the guns —taking you into the heart of the action!
In the afternoon, I headed into the combat zone on my motorcycle and armed with my camera.
Starting at the intersection of Asoke and Sukhumvit (in front of Soi Cowboy), I headed straight down the miracle mile toward the main Red Shirt encampment at Central World.
Here is the view from the Asoke/Sukhumvit intersection north, south, and west down Sukhumvit toward the fighting.
Instead of the normal Wednesday afternoon traffic jam, Asoke is eerily deserted.
These are a couple of policemen stopping people from going down Sukhumvit but they seemed interested only in stopping Thai guys and let farang through.
Here is the first sign of the fighting–the remains of burned tires right before The Times Square Mall at Soi 12.
It’s pretty obvious noone bothered to put out the fire. They just let it burn until all the combustibles were combusted.
And here is the first real roadblock at Soi 8.
Notice that instead of pussy policeman with pistols, the roadblock is now manned by actual soldiers with M-16’s, EM-2’s and shotguns.
When you try to pass the roadblock, the soldiers wave you into the area on the right, question you, and search your bags and the luggage compartment of your bike.
Here is the view looking back, once you’ve passed the first roadblock.
And here is the view down Soi 4 toward Nana Plaza.
I wonder how much money the point holders in the bar waaaaay down Soi 4 are getting paid this month?
Or how much money and how long Soi 4 bars generally can go on losing money, depleting their owners bank accounts, month after month after month, until the owners just give up, close the doors, admit defeat, and sell the furnishings off as scraps and souvenirs.
Anybody for a beat up used plasma screen TV or barely used pool table really really really cheap?
Here is the view up Soi 3.
And another army roadblock at the Soi3/Soi 4/Sukhumvit intersection.
Wireless Road, scene of fighting just a couple of days ago is only about 100 meters ahead.
As always, if you want to see full size photos just click on the images.
In case you were wondering, this is what Cowboy looked like the night before the big offensive — nary a customer in sight.