Beijing 2008: Bangkok Olympic Torch Relay

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I paticipated the torch relay today in Bangkok so I took some photos to you.

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A group of Chinese people gather at the gate that ethnic Chinese in Thailand build and present to the King of Thailand as a gift on his 60th brithday.

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It’s full of exciting, entertaining, and of course, patriotism. Chinese people cheering and screaming happliy as they wait for their moment.

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Security is the primary concerns. Polices are deployed every where. 2 helicopters from police wings with the sniper boarding watching from the sky.

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This photo is perfectly show what the Chineses think about the protest around the world. And every Thais hope everything will be alright during the relay.

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But for now, the main threat is temperature. If you want to know how hot it is, just asks this BBC reporter.

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And it’s begin. The torch will pass China town to Rajadamnern road where the military killed people in the Bloody May to finish in front of Arnantasamakorm Throne Hall.

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Obviously, the chaos does not come from protesters. It’s come from reporters around the world trying to get the best photo.

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The torch is out of the light about 2 times and are replacing by the back up one. With respect, can we called a “Made in China Syndrom”?

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80 men and women, boys and grils, from almost every parts of socity join 10 km. run. Including Somrak Comesing, Thailand first Olympic gold medal winner.

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And also, minister of Tourism and Sport is waiting to give the bless to the torch.

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The relay hit the highest stess point when the torch pass UN office, where the free Tibet group set up their fort, in the eye of polices.

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But the most violent sence is when supporters and protesters meet and attack each other with words and booes.

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Later I found out that this group of supporter is “The Torch Guard” which is the Chinese civilian who try to help officers protect their beloved torch.

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And the relay ended peacefully. Seem like everyone listen to the police who try to say that. “Be polite and please think about the image of Thailand to the world”. And it’s work!

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