Bangkok / protests Thailand is all over the news lately for the massive demonstrations taking place in its capital. While we were there the protesters seemed all to be for the King, but I think they were also against the current governing leaders. The King is not necessarily linked to the party leaders in power, but there is some question as to granting amnesty for alleged treasonous acts by a possible returning statesman. Every person we asked said they “like the King,” but often also said they “don’t like the Queen.” She apparently makes pro-government comments, while the King stays out of it? Very confusing, especially for a non-Thai speaker. We never ran into any opposition factions causing trouble, but apparently the rural people oppose the stance of the city-dwellers.
I tried to follow who was supporting who via the colors they were wearing. It seems yellow is the color of the King. But also black. And the colors of Thailand: red, white & blue, were waved in support of the King and a unified Thailand, or was it for overthrowing a corrupt Thailand?
The demonstrations aren’t always violent, but the news sure emphasizes when there are clashes. We witnessed only peaceful, National Mall-type concerts. One of the main gatherings is very near the most famous backpacker street in the world, so we wandered over to the protest area many times during our visit and all was calm. Apparently other areas have seen escalating violence, even deaths, but most of Bangkok remains safe for travelers and locals who stay out of trouble.