We visited Thailand every other year pretty much since I was born to visit family. We moved to Bangkok when i was in Junior High. I finished High School there and now the news is splashed with footage of the places I fondly remember, places I probably would be if I were in town. They are on fire and being destroyed by terrorists. People are dying. The international media is calling these people protesters but as my sister put it, just in the same way that an anti-abortionist blowing up a planned parenthood is a terrorist these guys are terrorists but to me way way worse.
Growing up there have always been coups where government changes but according to my dad it has never been this bad, this uncontrolled violence . The way this is reported makes me almost as sick as the pure violence and devastation of it all. Thailand had been a democracy for a long time (not a perfect one, but show me one true democratic country), they have their problems for sure but there is a lot of messed up information being spread. Here is an interesting article if you’re interested (you can scroll to the — points if you don’t have time it gives a clear explanation of things).