BANGKOK – THAI protesters poured blood they had donated outside the front gate of the government headquarters on Tuesday in a symbolic sacrifice to press their demands for new elections.
Thousands of red-shirted demonstrators formed long lines to have their blood drawn by nurses, a day after their leaders vowed to collect 1 million cubic centimeters of blood – 264 gallons (1,000 litres) – to spill at Government House.
A few teaspoons of blood were drawn from the veins of each volunteer and then transferred into dozens of large plastic water jugs that were passed overhead through the crowd of cheering protesters before being delivered to Government House, the prime minister’s office. Police allowed protest leaders to approach the white iron front gate and pour out the blood, which oozed under the gate as national television broadcast the images live.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has not entered his office at Government House since the protests started on Friday. ‘The blood of the common people is mixing together to fight for democracy,’ Nattawut Saikua, one of the protest leaders, told cheering supporters. ‘When Abhisit works in his office, he will be reminded that he is sitting on the people’s blood.’
A protest leader, Weng Tochirakarn, said by mid-afternoon they had collected 500,000 cubic centimeters of blood – half of their goal – from 50,000 protesters. Each donor is being asked to give only a small amount of blood. Not all the blood was spilled immediately. Protest leaders said the rest would be poured outside the headquarters of the ruling Democrat Party and the prime minister’s house if the protest demands were not met.
Government spokesman Panitan Watanayagorn said authorities will allow the protest as long as it remains peaceful. ‘If they want to throw it and have a photo op and have us clean it up later, I think it’s fine,’ Panitan told a briefing of foreign media. He said health authorities were looking into whether ‘throwing blood on the streets violates health measures.’ — AP
you know, it doesn’t take a genius to realize how many lives that amount of blood could save. i know it doesn’t really concern me; i’m just amazed at how the people think these kind of brainless acts can actually work. super not practical lor.
anyway, on the way to dinner just now, i saw a housefly buzzing against the bus window and it reminded me of this funny quote: