Based on the moves of the Red Shirts in Bangkok, it is clear they have a strategy. That strategy is to inflict as much financial pain/harm as possible to Thailand.
With the emergence of a Red Shirt fall back stage on Rama 4 road in the Khlong Toei district, it is not a random choice. The proximity of the stage to Thailand’s stock exchange will force it to close.
Also it must at least be considered that this may be a stepping stone or part of a Whack-a-mole strategy that is being used inside the red zone. It is clear that the Red Shirts at least for now lack resources to press on their box in more than a few places at a time.
If the Red Shirts are looking to bring financial harm to Thailand (that resembles Saddam Hussein torching oil wells as he was forced out of Kuwait) places like the intersection of Sukhumvit and Thong lo (Sukhumvit soi 55) would be a potential future mole hole for the Red Shirts to pop up at.
Other upscale places are likely like lower Sukhumvit, but for now that is already covered with military and will probably be skipped. That is why the military is defending the Silom financial district as it matches the Red Shirt’s cause financial harm strategy.
In that case Thong lo is probably designated a secondary target and one of many.
The other point that is being observed in the international media is the Red Shirts are losing what little respect they may have had. With pictures of women and children in the core area around the main stage, the phrase human shields is appearing more and more in the media. Again this is yet another reminder of Saddam Hussein, so it is no wonder Thaksin and Saddam are frequently compared.
The Red Shirts call for a mediator from the United Nations to conduct talks and still looking to have the government stand down first, the mentality of many is you had your chance and blew it big time. That along with their word being worthless, a justified forced eviction is underway. After that if they want to talk there may be some ears to listen.