As of January 13th of this month, the city of Bangkok, Thailand has been shutdown in a political protest against widespread government corruption.
It also happened to be the morning after I landed in Bangkok. Here are images from the ground on the first day of what is an ongoing and potentially long-lasting rally against the current political system in Thailand.
Though in the past few days the peaceful protesters have been assaulted by grenade attacks from opponents, the mood on the street has remained overwhelmingly positive since day one. Cheering, chanting, singing and the constant waving of the Thai flag has been maintained since the protests began. Massive numbers of people are camping in the streets where major intersections have been blockaded in an attempt to put pressure on the government for reform.