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November 22, 2010

Red-shirts return to Ratchaprasong

BANGKOK NOVEMBER 19, 2010: An estimated 5,000 red-shirt supporters gathered at the Ratachaprasong intersection on November 19, 2010 to mark the six month anniversary of the brutal government crack-down that saw more than 98 pro-democracy protesters killed by Thailand military forces in May.

Those who gathered lit candles, strung bunting and exchanged information on those killed and the hundreds more who currently languish in jails across the country charged with a range of offenses and for which exceptionally high bail amounts have been set for.

Thailand's red-shirt pro-democracy supporters unified response to the latest edict from Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situations (CRES)

Thailand's red-shirt pro-democracy supporters unified response to the latest edict from Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situations (CRES)

The gathering came despite an ongoing state-of-emergency decree covering Bangkok and a handful of other provinces remains in place and in the wake of an announcement by the  Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situations (CRES) that goods that “provokes, incites, agitates, or causes disunity in the general populace” were banned with those caught wearing, displaying, or selling such items subject to penalties of up to two years jail, a Bt40,000 ($US 1,334) fine, or both.

In a further erosion of the democratic rights to free political expression the CRES announcement said: “Individuals are forbidden to have in their possession, or possess with intent to sell or otherwise distribute, products, clothing, consumer goods, or any other objects that contain printing, writing, drawing, photography, or any other method that conveys a meaning which provokes, incites, agitates, or causes disunity in the general populace, or acts or supports acts which cause a state of emergency.”

This decree by the CRES covers a wide range of items popular with protesters including, T-shirts, sandals, and floor mats generally sold at such protests.

ENDS:

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Sombat Boonngam-anong at the red-shirt rememberence gathering

Sombat Boonngam-anong at the red-shirt remembrance gathering

Candles for the dead - Thailand pro-democracy protesters remember those killed by the Thailand military in April and May of 2010

Candles for the dead - Thailand pro-democracy protesters remember those killed by the Thailand military in April and May of 2010

Thaialnd red-shirt pro-democracy supporters show the dead remain in their hearts

Thailand red-shirt pro-democracy supporters show the dead remain in their hearts

July 30, 2010

July 30 – Daily news from the red-shirts รายงานข่าวรายวัน จาก ชาวเสื้อแดง

Sorry, this website is now closed

Sorry, this website is now closed

There will be no more updates published on this blog for the foreseeable future.

Thank you to the people who visited this site to gain first hand information on the red-shirts peaceful protest against the dual standards in Thailand. Much remains untold about what has happened in Thailand following the May 19, 2010 crackdown by the government of Thailand and the Thai Army.

People are suffering, people have been ignored, people have had their human rights not just abused but totally shattered. Certain people at the highest levels of Thai society are determined to see that their grasp on power and wealth remain unchanged.

The red-shirt leadership is in total disarray. There is now no one organization, no one central group in control. The inability to foresee how vicious, determined and extreme the government crackdown was going to be and the speed with which the leadership abandoned the rally and the people who answered the call is a sad indictment of the organizational skills of those in charge.

Thailand needs change, but for that to happen the red-shirts need better, stronger, more determined leaders. Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of those who have lost loved ones, to all of those loyal, resolute and determined people who answered the call against tyranny and double standards, to all of those who put up with the discomfort, the heat, the rain, the primitive conditions. You are the real heroes of the red-shirt movement. Your sacrifices will not be forgotten.

Thank you for your support over the last five months and for reading. We hope the information and photographs we published was informative and valuable. All of the material will remain online in its present state so that people who come searching for details on what happened in Bangkok in March, April and May of 2010 will know.

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June 24, 2010

June 24 – Daily news from the red-shirts รายงานข่าวรายวัน จาก ชาวเสื้อแดง

Kokaew Pikulthong to stand for election for Bangkok District 6 elections on July 28, 2010 as a Pheu Thai representative

Kokaew Pikulthong to stand for election for Bangkok District 6 elections on July 28, 2010 as a Pheu Thai representative

BANGKOK, JUNE 24, 2010: Pheu Thai Party has nominated core UDD leader Korkaew Pikulthong to stand against Panich Vikitsreth in the July 25 by-election in constituency 6 of Bangkok.

Mr. Korkaew is currently detained by the Thai government on charges of terrorism.

If you would like to help ensure a victory for Mr. Korkaew please respond by email (redphanfa2dayATgmailDOTcom) with a contact phone number.

Please feel free to post this appeal on English or Thai language notice boards, forums and to forward to your friends and colleges.

Lets send a clear and concise message to the government with the successful election of Korkaew Pikulthong to the  parliament.

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RATCHABURI, JUNE 24, 2010: ขออนุญาต  ประชาสัมพันธ์งานทำบุญ อุทิศส่วนกุศลให้กับพี่น้องผู้เสียชีวิต จากเหตุการณ์ เมษา-พฤษภา ที่ผ่านมา โดยทางกลุ่ม คนเสื้อแดงราชบุรี จัดขึ้น ในวันอาทิตย์ 27 นี้  ตามรายละเอียดในเอกสารแนบ
ฝากกระจายข่าวในเครือข่ายท่านด้วยครับ
ขอบคุณครับ
น.พ.พงษ์ศักดิ์ ภูสิทธฺ์สกุล
ประธานกลุ่มคนเสื้อแดงราชบุรี

Red-shirt Ratchaburi group and association
A merit ceremony devoted for people killed between April and May 2010 will be conducted at the Chonglom Temple, Muang district Ratchaburi province on
Sunday June 27th, 2010, 10.00 am

June 19, 2010

June 19 – Daily news from the red-shirts รายงานข่าวรายวัน จาก ชาวเสื้อแดง

BANGKOK, JUNE 19, 2010: Today, Saturday June 19, 2010 at 1.30pm there will be a memorial service for the people who were killed at Wat Pathum Vanaram on May 18 and 19 2010 by the Thai military after the red-shirts peaceful protest at Ratchaprasong was terminated.

Following the memorial service a media conference will be held comprising people who were wounded at the temple on May 18 and 19 and some of the relative of those who were killed.

Amongst the people attending will be:

1. Mr Buasri Tumma from Chaiyaphome province who was shot in the left foot.

2. Mr.Narongsak Singmae from Cholburi who was shot in the abdomen, thigh and chest.

3. Mr Vasant Sairasmee (Keng) who is the rescue staff and was next to nurse, Kamolked.

4. Mr Tonethong, the head of Siamruamjai rescue foundation who was in the incident.

5. Mrs Payoa Hakhark, the mother of the nurse, Kamolked.

English language translators will be on hand to assist non-Thai speaking members of the media.

We apologize for the short notice but details have been kept confidential due to the current SOE provisions.

Photos from the red-shirts rally in Bangkok on May 20, 2010: Crackdown & aftermath

Four of the people killed in Wat Pathum Vanaram

Photos from the red-shirts rally in Bangkok on May 20, 2010: Crackdown & aftermath

The six people killed (two remain covered) in Wat Pathum Vanaram

Photos from the red-shirts rally in Bangkok on May 20, 2010: Crackdown & aftermath

One of the red-shirt protesters killed at Wat Pathum Vanaram

Photos from the red-shirts rally in Bangkok on May 20, 2010: Crackdown & aftermath

Another dead red-shirt protester in Wat Pathum Vanaram

Photos from the red-shirts rally in Bangkok on May 20, 2010: Crackdown & aftermath

A medic killed at Wat Pathum Vanaram by sniper fire

Kamolket Akahad, affectionately known as "Dr. Kat", killed by sniper fire into Wat Pathum Vanaram

Photos from the red-shirts rally in Bangkok on May 20, 2010: Crackdown & aftermath

A red-shirt protester lies dead inside Wat Pathum Vanaram - killed by sniper fire

Photos from the red-shirts rally in Bangkok on May 20, 2010: Crackdown & aftermath

A red-shirt protester shot by snipers at Wat Pathum Vanaram

Photos from the red-shirts rally in Bangkok on May 20, 2010: Crackdown & aftermath

Another red-shirt protester shot at Wat Pathum Vanaram

Photos from the red-shirts rally in Bangkok on May 20, 2010: Crackdown & aftermath

A bullet exit wound showing massive trauma on one red-shirt sniper victim

Photos from the red-shirts rally in Bangkok on May 20, 2010: Crackdown & aftermath

This red-shirt protester was shot in the upper chest Wat Pathum Vanaram

Photos from the red-shirts rally in Bangkok on May 20, 2010: Crackdown & aftermath

This red-shirt protester appears to have been shot in the eye by snipers outside Wat Pathum Vanaram

There are more than 800 royalty-free, hi-resolution images in our photo gallery

June 11, 2010

June 11 – Daily news from the red-shirts รายงานข่าวรายวัน จาก ชาวเสื้อแดง

Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy by Giles Ji Ungpakorn

Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy by Giles Ji Ungpakorn

Bangkok, June 11, 2010: Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy is the title of the latest book by Thailand political commentator and dissident, associate professor Giles Ji Ungpakorn.

Consisting of 200 pages, Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy will be of interest to academics, journalist,s and activists who have an interest in Thai politics, democratization and NGOs.

The book analyses the nature of the deep political divisions between the “red-shirts” and the royalist “yellow-shirts”, starting from the creation of the Peoples Alliance for Democracy (PAD), through the 2006 coup and up to the end of 2009.

It argues against the idea that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is anti-monarchy and that this was the root cause of the 2006 coup. In trying to understand the political crisis, it must be seen in its entirety, including elite divisions and disputes, but also the roles of civil society activists and the constantly developing social movements which are made up of ordinary people.

The first chapter argues that Thaksin’s pro-poor policies and repeated election victories threatened the entrenched interests of the conservative ruling elite, including the military, the civilian bureaucracy and the political establishment.

Although Thaksin was no socialist and had no plan to build his political party into an activist movement, his overthrow by the military in 2006 sparked the building of a self-organized red-shirt mass movement. To some extent this movement has moved beyond Thaksin’s control, with some sections becoming radical and republican.

The second chapter deals with the politics of the peoples’ movement and analyses how major sections of this movement, which includes NGOs, came to side with the royalist authoritarians against the majority of the poor and the democratic system as a whole.

Giles Ji Ungpakorn with his latest book, Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy

Giles Ji Ungpakorn with his latest book, Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy

It questions mainstream democratization theory and critiques previous views about NGOs in the light of Thai events. This chapter discusses the extreme right-wing PAD movement which closed the international airports in late 2008. There is also a discussion of the labour movement.

The third chapter discusses the difficult issue of the Thai Monarchy and the growing republican movement in Thailand today. The chapter also discusses the lèse majesté law which the elites use against their political opponents.

The fourth chapter provides a historical background to Thai politics from the pre-capitalist era, through the turmoil of the 1930s and 1970s, up to the present day. This historical understanding is important in locating the dynamics of the ruling class and the changing politics of revolt from the time of the Communist Party through to the creation of the NGOs.

The civil war in the Muslim Malay south is discussed in chapter 5. Mr. Ungpakorn shows that the fundamental issue is Thai State repression and until this is dealt with politically, there can be no long term peace. Yet mainstream policy in Thailand is still based on a military solution.

The final chapter deals with personal political experiences and memories of his father, Dr. Puey Ungpakorn. This chapter has the English version of the Red Siam Manifesto, which was issued immediately after leaving Thailand in February 2009. It also contains an appendix with the eight paragraphs from Mr. Ungpakorn’s previous book, A Coup for the Rich, which the Thai police deemed to be lèse majesté.

The analysis in Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy is unique and embraces topics not covered by mainstream books on Thai politics, or which cannot be written about by authors living in Thailand.

Mr. Ungpakorn currently lives in self-imposed exile in the Uk, after being forced to flee Thailand in 2009 when he was charged  with lèse majesté for writing a book criticizing the 2006 military coup.

How to get Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy by Giles Ji Ungpakorn

Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy, ISBN 978-0956514509, can be obtained:

Directly from Mr. Ungpakorn by emailing him at  ji.ungpakorn@gmail.com, indicating your country of residence.

Alternatively from:
Amazon UK: Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy
Bookmarks UK: Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy
New Internationalist Bookshop, Melbourne, Australia  (from August 2010 onwards) Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy

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