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Puzzled social media tries to get a grip on 'victory'

"Stunned" and "perplexed" were among the most commonly used words on social media yesterday after protesters announced "victory" in their clashes with police.

The sudden slowdown in protest activity followed a day of violent clashes on Monday and the abrupt end left many confused. Each side had blamed the other for the attacks - especially at the First Infantry Division - in which firecrackers and home-made bombs were thrown and police fired tear gas and sprayed water at protesters.

On Monday evening, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban told his supporters that on the following day, yesterday, they would lay siege to the Metropolitan Police Bureau compound. Many people expected another wild confrontation, but the situation turned out differently when the police opened up the compound and let the protesters in.

On Twitter many revealed their confusion with posts such as @Suharit's: "All people are perplexed."

Another, @fuxsuxlux, replied to @Suharit: "All people in the world are perplexed."

@DrMichaelChick tweeted: "They're absolutely right. Foreigners will never understand 'Thainess'...."

On Facebook, Nanthasit Nitmetha posted an image of Thai photographers at the rally and asked: "Will we get a break or not? After [this] we are stunned."

On the Pantip website, Pohn Fha posted: "Thank you Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Suthep, red-shirt leaders and all protesters - you all made a new [style of] protest."

Pantip member number 1088253 posted: "New group [left] people stunned."

Tweeters created a new hash tag with the word "stunned".

Others posted and shared photographs of protesters and policemen greeting each other with flowers and hugs. There were reminders too that today is the big cleaning day at Rajdamneon Road in preparation for Father's Day tomorrow.

Social media was also full of analyses of what had happened with the anti-government protests and predictions of possible government action.

Some preferred to keep posting positive messages that they were happy both sides had turned to be good to each other, rather than continue fighting. Others jokingly posted a list of new Cabinet members, consisting of comedy superstars.

The tension, which has clouded the social media for weeks, disappeared immediately after the anti-government protesters declared their "victory".


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