Film at Eleven
14, 1995 20:37
19:19 Saswasdee Guest House; Bangkok-Thailand :: 14 APR
This just in . . .
The Songkran Massacre
Bangkok, April 14, 1995: Fierce fighting has been reported here
over the last two days with hostilities centred within the Khao San district
of the city. "It's a complete bath out there," one source close
to a government building said. Apparently, combatants have acquired every
vessel and water-pistol in the city and are employing these in an all-out
effort to drench any opposition. One individual outside the United Nations
building claimed no responsibility, "What we have here is a clear
case of 'year-end cleansing.'" Among other recorded atrocities, street-fighters
are said to be using ice-water and liberally employing ghastly hues of
food colouring, the grisly effects of which are evident on the bodies
of thousands of casualties already counted in this distressing episode
of watercide. Grandmothers and children barely able to lift a water balloon
have been pressed into battle in perhaps the world's first true example
Reports indicate the fighting began late on Wednesday the 12th,
the eve of the Thai New Year, referred to by the Thais as 'Songkran'.
It quickly grew in intensity causing, according to one witness, "veritable
floods" within some of the drinking and eating establishments along
Khao San road, a popular area for foreign travelers. Americans, Canadians,
French, English, German and Australian nationals are among the confirmed
casualties. Many foreign nationals have taken up buckets and water-cannon
in self-defense, serving only to escalate hostilities.
Rumours that some splinter groups had begun the application of
talcum powder and, in a much more serious development, White Paste (a
noxious mixture of talcum powder and water) have been linked with the
flood of refugees in the early hours of the New Year. Grid-lock halted
the exodus on several routes out of the city leaving the stranded waterless
and, thus, defenseless. Fortunately, few skirmishes have been reported
amongst these hapless victims.
In an unusual twist, the local government seems to be aiding
all sides in the fighting. Ammunition shipments are being delivered by
city crews in water trucks. Several incidents have even been reported
where these crews then turn their hoses on the very forces they just supplied.
At this hour, reports of water exchanges have fallen off somewhat
though the howls and splatters characteristic of the fighting can be heard
sporadically throughout the city and most knowing residents stay under-cover
fearing roof-top snipers armed with large buckets. Most feared, however,
are the mobile groups mounted on pick-up trucks and motorcycles. Using
stealth and superior speed, their hit-and-run tactics have left many an
unsuspecting victim thoroughly soaked. The street infantry takes excessive
glee in overwhelming any such force that becomes bogged down in the intense
struggle for control of the roadways.
Though there have been no calls for cease-fire, or even negotiations
(except from beleaguered foreigners unprepared for the ceaseless deluge),
most experts here agree that the "rain of terror" will continue
through the weekend with hostilities ceasing entirely only if, as is rumoured
to be the case, everyone must return to work on Monday. By then one thing
is certain: there will not be a dry shirt in the city.
Patrick. -- Responses Sought --
- Send lawyers, guns and money.
- The shit has hit the fan.