I spent three or four hours taking photos of the protests last Sunday. There have been all sorts of absurd claims of millions of protesters but logic and the eyeball would indicate a crowd in the low to mid-hundreds of thousands. The claims bring to mind Hitler’s famed ‘big lie’ theory.
I walked between stages and took about 250 shots. These are some of them:
On the Skywalk about Rama 1
Photos and selfies seemed to be a core activity, often more than protesting.
Outside the Louis Vuitton store – this was quite a different crowd to the 2010 protest. The high end stores were doing incredible business.
The stage at Ratchaprasong. There were definitely far less here than the reds had in 2010 but it was still an impressive number
What was noticeable was the number who could be termed “protest tourists”. People who were there for the spectacle.
Kids in the castle
The only ugly spot I saw on the day – a smallish number of hoodlums getting pretty heavy outside Police HQ.
Rama 1 between Central World and Siam
Looking down on the Skytrain station about 4.30pm
Where it got busier again, by the stage near the BACC
I’m guessing these guys were counted in the bizarre claims of ‘millions’ made by the organisers.
Meanwhile a few metres away from the crowd, the Siam Festival was going on, with stages and DJs etc. You’d never have known that there was a protest, no matter the size, close by.