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Red rally day 3

Another disappointing day. All the reds could do was to issue and ultimatum. And they gave 24 hour deadline – what’s the point? Abhisit is not going to comply. Why not give it three hours so that we can wrap it up this evening and put it all behind?

Abhisit, on his part, refused to give people an extra holiday on Monday.

As I said, disappointments all around.

Yesterday I posted police estimate that there were only 40,000 protesters. Minutes later Nation’s Pravit said there were at least a hundred thousand. I guess everyone reading this had seen the picture on Nation’s site, I thought a hundred thousand was a far bigger crowd.

This morning Bangkok Post said it was 80,000. Later in the day Abhisit said it was 100,000, now the Interior Ministry said there were 46,000 on Sunday.

Either way – what’s the point in arguing if the turnout was 5%, 10%, or even 15% of the expected number.

At this point what matters is public perception and the actual ability to accomplish anything. Bigger turnout was good for the reds but I still can’t see how they can force government to accept any of their demands.

By tomorrow deadline the Bangkok reds could also be back at work.

The biggest news was probably Thanong’s report of Newin and Banharn deserting Abhisit and teaming up with Phue Thai. He said Suthep can’t reach Newin in London. Could be true, considering that Chai called a joint parliamentary meeting on Tuesday.

On the other hand, House Speaker, Newin’s man, said the agenda had nothing to do with protests while other MPs asked to postpone the sitting.

If Monday ends with a whimper, then Tuesday is a bit too late to give in, though Chai could still be up to no good.


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