Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) — Some Bangkok residents ventured out on Thursday to shop and take stock of the damage done to their city one day after the government evicted thousands of anti-government protesters from a downtown district, triggering fires, riots and intense street battles.
Some shoppers at the Emporium mall — which was not set on fire like the popular Central World mall — drank lattes, got their hair styled or perused books. But one sign reminded them that the venue would close at 6 p.m. to leave enough time for patrons to get home ahead of a second night of a citywide curfew.
“I feel very upset. I can’t believe this happened in Thailand. Killing is not acceptable in Buddhism,” said Siripattra Sitisak, a 30-year-old hotelier. “I’m nervous about attacks from underground organizations that might bomb other buildings or set fire to them.”