Thailand has never been a peaceful country. Often, buddhism is used to paint Thai people as a friendly, easy-going, peace-loving bunch. It’s just a facade of a deeply flawed society, one filled with conflict.
In the current round of protest, the crowd keeps being bombarded with hatred-inducing speeches day in and day out. Thai education system raises people to be easily led. People happily go along with their leaders and stop thinking for themselves. Mob mentality often leads to violence. They are willing to do anything now. They fully believe that they themselves are the good side and that the opposite side is purely evil.
Now the protesters are freely closing down roads, creating chaos everywhere in the city that already has one of the worst traffic in the world.
Meanwhile, people’s rights are being violated. My freedom is being violated.
There have already been too many casualties. There will be more in days to come. Just like in other undeveloped societies, people are willing to kill just because of difference in political ideologies.
This is a dangerous time to be in Bangkok.