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Even as the World Watched III: Getting Hit to Get the Shot

Bullets fly fast

I had been under the bridge to the left but sensed that shooting was going to break out (14 May) so crossed the street back to Dusit Thani parking lot.  Shooting soon started and bullets began cracking down this road flying from the direction of the traffic arrow.

I was told that a taxi driver was shot and killed.  (Much was going on and I don’t know the truth.)

Soon after an ambulance raced away from the scene.

This camera crew walked out onto the street and seemed likely to get hit.  The cameraman will have to focus on the gear and linger for a good shot.

Protestors who were holding their ground during a skirmish stopped to warn the film crew to get back under the bridge.

Camera crew heeded the advice.

Most of the journalists were collegial.  There were a few snippety cats—mostly foreigners—whose “beat” is Thailand.  I’ve only been to Thailand maybe twenty times so can’t claim great cultural understanding, which brought advantages and disadvantages.  Some of those who have been here for years have picked up more on the culture and situations but also seem to have lost the advantage of neutrality.

Journalists kept hunkering down behind that box and this is something that must be understood when big fighting starts.  Competent enemies know where you are going to take cover.

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