Saturday, July 2, 2011

Closing The Campaign

A Pheu Thai supporter cheers for Yingluck Shinawatra at the last Pheu Thai rally of the campaign. 

The Thai political parties closed out their campaigns with huge rallies Friday night. The ruling Democrats closed their campaign in central Bangkok, near Dusit Palace. The Pheu Thai challengers closed their campaign in a giant stadium about halfway to the airport. I decided to go to the Democrats' campaign because it was a closer to my hotel. 

On my short walk to the BTS (Skytrain) station, two motorcycle taxis stopped and offered to take me to the Pheu Thai party on the edge of town. I declined and got on the Skytrain to go to the Democrats' rally. The stop before the Dems rally site was the connection for the Airport Link, a light rail system that goes to the airport. On a whim, I got off the train and jumped on the airport link and followed the crowd to the Pheu Thai rally. 

I'm glad I did. The Pheu Thai rally was electric. People were jazzed and clearly expected to win. Even though I didn't have any credentials, Pheu Thai volunteers waved me into the media area, which made it easier to photograph the rally. 

There are more photos from the rally in my archive and available from ZUMA Press.