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Spiegel Online, April 11

Spiegel Online, April 11

Whoever wrote the story for Der Spiegel online must be a very angry correspondent, about as angry as Thailand’s prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva who declared anyone who celebrate victory after disrupting the ASEAN summit in Pattaya an enemy of Thailand. Enemy suggests some status. The correspondent for Der Spiegel has more unfriendly words for them:

The demonstrators stormed the Royal Cliff Resort’s compound where the [ASEAN] summit was scheduled to be held. After that, the cheering mob passed through the press centre. In the hotel lobby, windows were smashed.

Gee. It’s one thing to wear red shirts instead of yellow ones, and to waste the precious time of a lot of heads of state or government, but you must never, ever, disturb a correspondent at breakfast, or at work. No way. Only beasts, um, a mob, can do that. They’ve gone too far!

Pattaya Press Center

Pattaya Press Center, brown face in the window

If I were the mob, I’d be very careful now. They’ve earned themselves a bad press in Hamburg, Germany.

(Correspondents these days never covered the Vietnam war. Must be a new generation.)


Written by taide

April 12, 2009 at 9:17 am

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  1. As it happens, a news broadcast on Germany’s Channel 2 television (ZDF) referred to the Red-Shirt protesters as a “mob” too. I start wondering whom these correspondents are hanging out with in Bangkok. Mostly with the fat cats, I guess. Happy Easter, and **** them.


    April 12, 2009 at 9:40 pm

  2. Yes, but try a google search of English-language reports on this topic. You find “mob” mentioned there frequently, too. All no Vietnam vets. Oh, and thanks for the childish picture!


    April 13, 2009 at 10:24 am

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