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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Taxi driver says bricks are too small for a tank

On September 30, a taxi driver Nuamthong Praiwan, decided to ram his cab into a tanked parked near the Royal Plaza (Sanam Luang) in Bangkok. He said he risked death to tell the world that he and many other Thais do not support the coup.

And since he took such a huge risk to his personal safety, the least I could do is help him get his message out. As I recall he is already quite an old man, close to 60 if not older. He had to pay Baht 30,000 to repair his taxi (thats roughly EUR600 or USD 750), not including his medical bill. (He was in hospital with 3 broken ribs). He also face charges of reckless driving, damaging private and state property.

Despite all that, he says he would do it again, his point being he feels the coup has brought disgrace to Thailand, and has brought the country to a stand-still. According to him....even with the civilian government installed, the military is still at the helm, so it is hard to predict where that will take the country. He cited the example of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in her fight for democracy for Burma.

Pretty impressive and courageous guy. My brother and I talked about it, and decided we will contribute towards his medical bill, coupled with a bouquet of flowers.

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  • He is making his point very clearly, and you are getting his message out quite well. I got the message, I just wish those coup-makers would get it into their heads for a change!
    It´s a very nice to help him out a bit with the hospital bill, but the most important is to send him flowers. He took the financial risk together with risking his health. But flowers will make him feel that people are behind his ideas. Bless this guy.

    By Anonymous Quintus., At 11:20 pm  

  • Thanks Quintas. Maybe I will one day have a post on my vampire artist friend :)

    By Blogger Jyoti, At 9:31 am  

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