Eleven dead (so far) in Thailand.

The government-run Erawan Emergency Medical Center said late Saturday that 11 people had been killed and 521 wounded. It said two of the dead were soldiers and the rest were civilians.

A Japanese cameraman who worked for the Reuters news agency died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

The nighttime battle was the second of the day at the main protest site near Democracy Monument.

Overwhelmed in the darkness by thousands of red-shirted protesters who ran helter-skelter among them, the soldiers fled, crouching behind their plastic shields. People chased and beat them with sticks as tear gas arced through the dark sky and billowed at their feet.

The confrontation has its roots in the six-year leadership of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who created an electoral bloc among the country’s poor majority but was ousted in a coup in 2006 that was widely supported by the middle class.

Is a revolution sanug? Spalding Gray, orientalist:

They [the Thai waiters] were running and jumping and smiling—not a silly smile but a profound smile, a deep smile. There was nothing idiotic about it because the Thais have a word, sanug, which, loosely translated, means "fun." And they never do anything that isn't sanug—if it isn't sanug they won't touch it. Some say that Thais are the nicest people that money can buy because they like to have fun. They know how to have fun and, perhaps due to their very permissive strain of Buddhism, they don't have to suffer for it after they have it.