by Thor Zinmeister
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
I am safe. I am alive.
The past days have been extremely bloody. If there is any doubt that this regime is here to kill, then the actions they have done over the past few days should remove any doubt. They have shot directly at peaceful protestors. They have shot into homes. They have shot at bystanders. They have shot at passing-by cars.
The body of representatives (CRPH) who were elected in the Nov elections have declared the military council that launched the coup as a terrorist organization. The categorization is fitting.
I have been involved in protests every day. Just yesterday, there were shootings right in front of my house. Thousands of medical students from med schools congregated on the road where I lived, but police/military got word of it and came to crackdown around 8:30 am. About 60 students were arrested, but thankfully the residents set up barricades and stopped police/military from arresting more. These criminals shot tear gas straight into people's homes. Three tear-gas bombs were shot into my home for laboring peaceful protestors; mind you, these are young students attending med school in their late teens or early 20s. I suffered tear gas burns, and my dear mother who was just sitting in the living room with my dog got tear gas burns as well. How cruel! They shot live ammunition as well, but thankfully nobody was injured. I am so proud of my neighborhood because thousands came out to confront police/military who then left seeing that they were greatly outnumbered.
But other places in town weren't as victorious as us. I am sure you have seen photos/videos of people shot in the head and stomach. It is atrocious. I have had friends who have been shot. It's a bloody business. I fear the situation is only going to get worse. I, for one, can tell you that I can not accept a future under a dictatorship, and so must resist by any means necessary.
It's a terrible business waking up to the news of people dying on the streets, and all the videos you see on your Facebook newsfeed is of heads blown out and blood spilling out from the gut.
Updates, Wednesday, March 3, 2021:
Thor Zinmeister is pseudonym.