Irina Bernebring Journiette

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Tag: Protest

140109 — An Asian spring?

I hear people talk about an Asian century but I’m wondering if it’s more likely to start with an Asian spring. The rallies in Bangkok are still going strong although their evolving political agenda seem to be more difficult for most locals to grasp. A confrontation between political groups, like in 2010, lingers in the air. In Bangladesh the main political opposition boycotted the recent election and polling stations were fire-bombed. Political violence also erupted in Cambodia this week when soldiers clashed with striking workers who demand a sense of quality of life besides just living. But who knows, a century sure is a long time. 


131216 — One week in Bangkok.

Snow was traded for humidity as I descended upon a city in turmoil. Warnings echoed as I settled in a small house next to the protesters. In the morning, as I walk for work past the army headquarters to the UN building 500 meters away, the protesters and I have formed our own little ritual. I smile and they smile and perhaps we are all safe. At night their chanting morph into singing. I listen to the sound of their political devotion and let it guide me in my sleep.