Thailand is due to have a mass public demonstration next weekend. Basically the UDD - ousted PM Thaksin's proxy in Thailand after he fled to Dubai/serves as Cambodian special economic advisor - are 'protesting until 'Abhiset (current PM) resigns and the Cabinet is dissolved'. Basically, Thaksin and his supporters are paying their minions to mass protest the fact that he was ousted and the 'yellow shirts' (Abhiset and the minority of rich and upper class in Thailand) took over after the Coup that kicked the corrupt one out whilst he was in New York. Thaksin (despite being a corrupt and odious little man, and former Man City owner ) is trying to engineer his return to power in Thailand, and people in the know are aware that this is always bubbling below the surface. This was due to kick off last November but King Bhumibol (reverred and loved by most Thai's) came out of hospital and told everyone to calm down. Which they did. The last time things got really bad was last March/April where the ASEAN conference was raided in Pattaya (I was there for that) and there were mass protests in Bangkok afterwards (I was there for that too...). Before that Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport was held 'hostage' by Red shirts (Thaksin supporters) for about 2 weeks during the end of 2008. Now, ahead of next weeks Mass protest (the Government are expected to inact special civil emergency legislation for dealing with the expected turnout), the Army have just admitted that they have LOST 6,000 weapons in a theft from the restive Southern regions. And they KEPT IT QUIET for 3 days. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/170724/army-admits-to-massive-arms-theft I arrive in Bangkok on the morning of the 12th. Sh1t seems to be following me around in that country I would be interested in hearing from any expats out there and get a measure for the issue at hand. I am fecking off to a beach Island, so hopefully can avoid the sh1t storm, but I need to actually GET THERE first!