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It was 24 months ago today! – Bangkok in Flames

It was two years ago today when Thaksin Shinawatra’s Red Shirt supporters confronted the might of the Thai military and were dispersed from downtown Bangkok, following months of occupation, confrontation and violence. Since then there’s been a change in government in Thailand and Thaksin’s sister Yingluck is now prime minister. The deputy prime minister allegedly […]

Tom Vater reports for the Southeast Asia Globe: Postcard from a War Zone

The conflict between the Thai government and the Red Shirts – the former backed by a lose interest group that includes the military, royalists, part of the capital’s business community and right-wing fringe elements, commonly known as the Yellow Shirts, the latter a growing and motley collection of often paid supporters of fugitive former Prime […]

Tom Vater in The Times – The Red Shirts`Last Stand

The Times (UK) published a two page image spread of mine on May 20th. I took the image of a woman in front of the Red Shirt stage in Bangkok’s Rajaprasong area minutes after the capitulation of the red Shirt leaders following the movement’s two month demonstration in the Thai capital. As the Red Shirt […]

Tom Vater´s images of Bangkok´s on May 19th at Onasia

A few of my images of the conflict between Red Shirt protesters and the military can be viewed at the website of Onasia Images, along with many other photographs from the conflict by Onasia photographers.

Apocalypse Now – Bangkok Burns!

The night is not far away and likely to bring out an army of looters and black guards who have promised to set the city on fire. The battle is over but the war is only just starting. Bangkok, my city, is burning. This morning started with the military moving into the Red Zone with […]

Postcard from the Edge of Bangkok

Last night, I crossed the city twice in a taxi, for the most part on the elevated express way. There was barely any traffic and some exits were blocked by armed soldiers.  Police on motorbikes patrolled the empty four lane highways sporadically. Downtown Bangkok, usually a garishly colorful Bladerunner skyline of high-rises pasted with billboards […]

Bangkok Dangerous

It´s not easy to write about war. Harder still to write about war at home. Bangkok is my home and tonight, parts of the city were on the verge of giving way to total chaos. After eight weeks of street protests by the so-called Red Shirts aiming to force the Thai government to resign and […]

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