If you have been following the news you will know that there has been some protesting going on in Bangkok.To be honest it had been happening for about 3 days before we really realised there was even a problem.I saw the news on Monday night and it looked like the whole of Bangkok was awash with rioters. In reality it is like being at my Aunt's in Walthamstow and the riots being in Whitehall. There is no sign of any trouble out here in Huay Kwang / Wangtongrang (despite being on the same road, school and the Condo are in different areas), except the roads are quieter and not all the kids can get across town to come to school. I don't know if you have been following the story but the basics are that the PAD (People's Alliance for Democracy) have a problem with the Prime Minister and the government, the PPP (People's Power Party). They want the PM to step down as they believe he is a puppet for the last PM, who fled to England after fraud charges were pressed (he is an owner of Man City FC). They are calling for the PMs resignation, now here's the problem as I see it. They haven't thought about who is going to replace him. They appear to have no candidate of their own. So there really is no easy solution, most likely the protesters will have to concede and go home. They are threatening to turn of electricity and water supplies (allegedly only to government buildings) and as Martin Kneath (Head) said they are not interested in Farangs (foreigners) we don't have any political power. Having said that I am not heading that way any time soon.
By Tuesday the protests seemed to have everyone on a knife-edge; people were getting very excited at the thought of the school closing (we don't get snow days, this close to the equator)). We had an emergency meeting and were told about a phone tree for letting people know if we closed. Got home and we all headed to the pool for drinks and nibbles that was about 6, we drifted back to our own places about 10.30. There was a lot of talk about the protests and what ifs about school, some people more than others were convinced we would get the day off. I even dreamt that the Head rang me about 5am to say we were closed. Good job I looked at my phone this morning and realised he hadn't. It must have been a good night we ordered in pizza! How can a Hawaiian be spicy? Was lovely though. Martin Kneath rang all the new staff last night to reassure us and let us know this is not the normal state of affairs.My time in Thailand is getting off to a good start a hospital visit and a potential political riot.At least it can only get better.