10 years ago today, when Bangkok bled: Inside 2010’s protests and their bloody conclusion

Ten years ago today, the army made its final move to clear out the Redshirt protesters who had occupied a wide swath of downtown for weeks. Death, chaos and flames ensued, and when it was all done, nearly 100 civilians, two foreign journalists and a number of soldiers had been killed between April and May, 2010.

Todd Ruiz, now managing editor of Coconuts Bangkok, was reporting from the field during that time from throughout the protest zone and inside the fortified Lumphini Park encampment where shadowy militants in black operated from. 

Hear what happened, including live audio from the time, as he revisits the 2010 protests and their violent conclusion in this episode of the Coconuts Podcast. The segment starts at the 23-minute mark.

Todd Ruiz was with the army as they engaged in street battles on their way to the epicenter of the 2010 protests on May 19, 2010, at Ratchaprasong intersection.
Todd Ruiz was with the army as they engaged in street battles on their way to the epicenter of the 2010 protests on May 19, 2010, at Ratchaprasong intersection.

Soldiers seek cover as they advance through Lumphini Park on the morning of May 19, 2010.
CentralWorld's Zen Department store burns.
CentralWorld’s Zen Department store burns.

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