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Update on Situation

05/19/2010

Thank you for your prayers on behalf of Thailand. And we ask that you please continue to pray for a peaceful resolution.

Today appears to have been a significant turning point. The government was able to push out the protesters from their central location in Bangkok. A number of the red shirt leaders surrendered. However, some protesters dispersed and began setting some buildings on fire in Bangkok. Protesters in two northeast provinces also set buildings on fire. Chiang Mai was put on a curfew tonight, but it was primarily cautionary in nature.

So, there is a lot of uncertainty in the air right now. However, most of the rioting seems to be coming from a smaller sect in reaction to the government push to end protesting in one particular area of Bangkok. We will see how things progress tomorrow.

We have seen a few protesters in Phayao, but it has been peaceful. Most everyone we talk to just wants it all to end peacefully. They want life to return to normal throughout Thailand. Thank you again for your prayers.

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