Arsonists rampaged in downtown Bangkok on Wednesday afternoon, setting fire to buildings and shopping centres, after the core leaders of the United front for democracy against Dictatorship (UDD aka Red Shirts) surrendered and announced an end to the protest rally at Ratchaprasong intersection.
Fires were reported at Central World department store in Ratchaprasong, Siam Theatre at Siam Square, the Paragon shopping centre and branches of commercial banks nearby.
Fighting between troops and protesters, and explosions, were reported throughout the area.
At the Sala Daeng intersection on Rama IV Road, rampaging protesters destroyed telephone booths, advertising signs, traffic signs and other public property.
One staffer said cars parked outside the building were set on fire and protesters then entered the Channel 3 building.
The 6th floor of Maleenont Building and the Klong Toey office of the Bangkok Metropolitan Electricity Authority were also reported to be on fire.
Red Shirts also set fires at the Stock Exchange of Thailand building, reports said.
Red Shirt mobs also set fire to the provincial halls in Khon Kaen and Udon Thani, in the Northeast of the country, reports said.
Something is seriously messed up in this country.
Are they fucking insane?
A tiny, careless mistake can cause a nationwide epidemic. A single scratch from a used syringe, a drop of disease-infected blood, a tiny mosquito or a fly carrying a mixture of different types of blood can kill hundreds, thousands of people on the street.
The most fucked up part of all: my school is still open while all the other international schools have closed down.