Advanced voting began in Thailand on the 26th January and Suthep's mob and the Electoral Commission combined to block a lot of the voting. The EC instructed polling stations to close if a mob appeared. Suthep's mob went from polling station to station, forcing each closed and leaving a small group of protestors to keep them closed.
By the end of the morning, nearly half of the polling stations in Bangkok were closed.
When the mob moved on, did the EC re-open the polling station? No. Voters got really really angry, grabbed wooden sticks and went crazy at the protestors driving off the few remaining at each polling station. A gun fight ensued too, as one group of angry young men, chased down and shot at another group of armed protestors.
But with the polling station closed, that anger turned to the polling station staff. Protests and anger at the staff for obeying orders from their EC bosses to close the stations. Vote suppression is blatant here in Thailand.
In the south of the country things were worse, all of the 8 Democrat controlled provinces had their polling stations closed. Since I'm in one of those Democrat strongholds, I thought I check if my vote is registered here, and see where and if I can vote and go visit the mob for myself.
Things are not good! Not good at all. There is rampant vote suppression in these Democrat provinces and its not from any visible mob!
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