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Motorcycles and blood: an effective combination in Thailand

March 20, 2010

More than 100,000 angry Thai citizens went down the streets of Bangkok last Sunday to protest at the unpopular actions of the current Government. They simply called for elections to have a new Government.

Protestors didn’t go down the streets on foot, but rather on motorcycles. Why walk for miles or kilometres across the Thai capital when you can just sit down and get around on a motorbike? More than 100,000 motorcycles brought Bangkok to a complete standstill, blocking the main roads and causing chaos everywhere.


100,000 protestors on motorbikes in the streets of Bangkok


Motorbikes are extremely popular in Thailand and are actively encouraged by the authorities as a non-congestant, less pollutant and cheaper mode of transport. Bangkok is an extremely congested city and the impact of traffic jams is considerably reduced with the use of motorcycles. Protestors decided to demonstrate on their bikes, being a symbolic mode of transport in Thailand.


100,000 protestors on motorbikes in the streets of Bangkok


Protestors were all wearing red shirts, representing the colour of human blood. They were asked to each donate some blood during the demonstration, which nurses collected in quantities large enough to fill up 1,000 standard soft drink bottles to be left in front of the Prime Minister’s office. We saw some images which showed protestors opening the bottles and pouring out the blood, which ran under the gates and fences.

Protest leader Nattawut Saikur said: “The blood of the common people is mixing together to fight for democracy. When Abhisit works in his office, he will be reminded that he is sitting on the people’s blood.”


Mixing the blood of hundreds of thousands of Thai citizens was a sign of the strong sense of unity that exists in Thailand. The mixed blood was the symbol of a united group of citizens, all joining forces to demand elections for a new Government from one single voice. We have heard that not all the blood has been spilled and more would be poured outside the Prime Minister’s house if the demands of protestors were not met.

We can say that Thailand is a country where people have the power, not the Government. The Government’s job is to serve the people who elected them, not the other way round. The authorities of many countries in the world should make a note of this and follow the Thai example.


Please join and support the campaign to stop Westminster Council from stealth taxing motorcyclists to park before their scheme spreads all over the UK and the rest of Europe. For further details, visit

Rejoignez le groupe de manifestants contre le stationnement payant des motocyclistes a Westminster avant que cela ne se propage dans le reste du Royaume-Uni et l’Union Europeenne. Pour plus d’informations, consultez


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  1. 1frog permalink

    Now, thats a good idea but I can think of some much easier “fluid” we could use over here…..

  2. Henry J. Sanders permalink

    100,000 people at one time looks amazing.
    We had similar demonstration here in London recently, but not so big.

  3. government jobs are still the best when it comes to job security ‘`~

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