Being a katak di bawah tempurung Malaysia, Lulu watched the procession in awe. The supporters marched by in an orderly fashion, carrying their banners, and voicing their protest through a loud hailer.
Ordinary people like Lulu stood along the pavement and watched as they marched passed.
And after they passed, we the ordinary people continued with our lives - shopping, eating and going to the theatre.
There was no drama or violence. The protestors were focussed in their cause and the police was supportive.
There was another time when Lulu was in Bangkok. As Lulu was making her way to Pratunam market, a yellow tee [probably] university students marched past Lulu. Based on their banners, Lulu guesses it was an anti-Thaksin protest.
Lulu watched as they marched past.
Then Lulu scooted off to Pratunam market as planned to do her shopping.
Point is, protests happens.
If the government is mature enough, there will be no real disruption to normal life.
For the government to block the road, it is nothing more than to create ill-will with the masses and lay the blame on the protestors.
For the government to unleash
water chemical spray and tear gas, it does nothing more than to cause people pain and create an atmosphere of fear and chaos.
This is the government we've voted in, the one we put into power.
and do this.