During a few tense months in 2010, the Ratchaprasong intersection in central Bangkok was one of the main sites of the "Red Shirt" political protests. Protesters occupied a large area around the intersection in a political campaign aimed at reinstalling the Thaksin Shinawatra government. The stage area and the surrounding tent city became known as "the red city." The major shopping malls and five-star hotels in the vicinity were forced to close.
On April 22 I spent the afternoon walking through their sprawling encampment in the shadows of the skytrain pillars and captured these images.
After weeks of failed negotiations, the Thai army moved in to clear the Ratchaprasong intersection on May 19, 2010.