Balloons released to support election

Around 300 people gathered on and around a skywalk near the BTS National Stadium station near the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre to support the Feb 2 election.

The rally organised by a group called ANTs’ POWER got together at around 2pm Sunday. Most of the participants wore white tops and released white balloons while shouting “we want the election” several times. They dispersed after 30 minutes.

In a statement, the group said they would hold more such gatherings of pro-election people to express their collective wish for effective scrutinisation and examination of politicians. 

Though they believe that the election could not be the only answer for democracy, they said they certainly believed that the Feb 2 poll was the answer and the solution to reducing current political conflicts. 

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Discussion 1 : 06/01/2014 at 02:17 AM
Yes, Thaksin keeps saying that he wants to come back to Thai soil, and yet his Bang Khwang Prison cell is still waiting for him!
Discussion 2 : 06/01/2014 at 02:07 AM
How sad it is to watch a beautiful country divided and drift towards chaos. Cant Thaksin just withdraw and sacrifice for the unification of Thai people if he really cares ?
Discussion 3 : 05/01/2014 at 11:49 PM
there is 5 million people on that bridge, dont believe the media outlets. sarcasm ^_^
Discussion 4 : 05/01/2014 at 11:28 PM
300 people? That is nothing. Wait til' the 13th...
Discussion 5 : 05/01/2014 at 10:52 PM
A peaceful show of support for the election & the government. Well done. Very happy that you were not confronted by any groups opposing your views or people who may want to create violence. That is how freedom of expression & freedom of speech should be. UDD take note!!!
Discussion 6 : 05/01/2014 at 10:51 PM
My question exactly! Have not seen the answer yet...
Discussion 7 : 05/01/2014 at 10:42 PM
"their collective wish for effective scrutinisation and examination of politicians" - well, I can agree that Thaksin should be scrutinized and examined as authorities prepare him for his new living quarters in Bang Khwang Central Prison, and I can agree that the NACC should scrutinize and examine the entire Shinawatra family and that the NACC should scrutinize and examine the entire Yingluck administration. Is this common ground that we can all agree on? :) Then perhaps these balloon carriers can go to Dubai to escort Thaksin to his new home! Then the NACC will soon find other corrupt politicians to keep Thaksin company :)
Discussion 8 : 05/01/2014 at 10:22 PM
Creative accounting like the government they support. 1000 indeed!!! 300 is right.
Discussion 9 : 05/01/2014 at 09:54 PM
Agreed, can't help thinking this was a stage managed stunt possibly using state funds (for the balloons and T-Shirts), but no doubt easy to raise 300 people who believe a Feb 2 election is the answer, perhaps the same 300 phantom 'like/dislike' clickers.
Discussion 10 : 05/01/2014 at 09:19 PM
I would say most of these are relatives or family members of the candidates. But in all honesty, 300 is quite small. This shows a lot. You think there would be more. There are more than this whenever a new iphone launch.
Discussion 11 : 05/01/2014 at 08:04 PM
It is comments like that that contain no facts and only serve to raise the emotional temperature that lead Thailand toward higher risks of bloodshed.
Discussion 12 : 05/01/2014 at 06:17 PM
Wishful thinking at best. Count first.
Discussion 13 : 05/01/2014 at 06:10 PM
Doubtful. Those in the photo's don't look like red grunge.
Discussion 14 : 05/01/2014 at 06:08 PM
The people there were obviously affluent. I doubt very much that your assertion has any basis in fact.
Discussion 15 : 05/01/2014 at 06:07 PM
I was there. It was a small group of perhaps 300 maximum, but it was quite heartening to see this positive reaction to all the negatives we've been barraged by.
Discussion 16 : 05/01/2014 at 05:51 PM
Guess the ballons with Thaksin's face on it were not ready on time
Discussion 17 : 05/01/2014 at 05:45 PM
Why does this remind me of Thaksin's releasing thousands of origami birds over south Thailand in an effort to end the violence. Nearly a decade later and the violence continues unabated. Symbolic public relations stunts, no matter how well meaning the participants are, will not change the fate of Thailand as long as corrupt self-serving politicians are still fighting over their place at the trough.
Discussion 18 : 05/01/2014 at 05:21 PM
The PTP tried to sneak a bill through at 4.30am, and then did it again and then again. Who is deserving of respect, the people who did this early morning sneakiness or the ones who are now saying - enough - no more, reform now ?
Discussion 19 : 05/01/2014 at 05:18 PM
glad you are not an accountant
Discussion 20 : 05/01/2014 at 05:17 PM
I am guessing that those who ask, who's paying, have missed the "who is paying and running their country" question. Odd, at least to me, that one would support a government that is being run by someone who lives is another country! But even stranger, is them believing that the middle class tax payers are not paying for the rice, car, flood control, pork barrel programs that benefit almost nobody except the non elite friends of the absent ruler of their country. You have got to give them credit for being the most obtuse people on the planet, well maybe Obama supporters are more so.
Discussion 21 : 05/01/2014 at 04:59 PM
Who pays the protesters they not work in a month?
Discussion 22 : 05/01/2014 at 04:57 PM
Typical. Either full of hot air or laughing gas.
Discussion 23 : 05/01/2014 at 04:56 PM
I would estimate the number of peole in the top picture to be well above BP's estimate, closer to 1,000.
Discussion 24 : 05/01/2014 at 04:41 PM
I'm happy that there are some Thai with common sense, who dare to step out! The undemocratic protesters deserve little respect. Parties in Thailand should negotiate, compromise send accept any real democratic outcome. Any winner in these elections should take the opposition serious and together work yo improve ONE Thailand. At present the economic and reputation damage of Thailand is tremendous. Please Thailand........ Wake up and join hands and find win-win solutions. Don't divide the country in yellow, red and other. Prove that the Country-of-the-Smile has a Future.................please!
Discussion 25 : 05/01/2014 at 04:36 PM
Another of PTP's sideshows - but who's paying for it?

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