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March 25, 2010

March 25 – Daily news from the red-shirt rally at Phan Fa Bridge

Filed under: Phan Fa Bridge,Red-shirt daily news — redphanfa2day @ 12:58 pm
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PHAN FA BRIDGE, MARCH 25, 2010: A two-year-old boy named Tawan from Chonburri and a 78-year-old woman were the youngest and oldest people to join in the mass head shaving by the United front for Democracy against Dictatorship’s (UDDs) ongoing pro-democracy protest in Bangkok earlier today. The boy joined his father and hundreds of other people who had their tresses clipped and heads shaved smooth to protest the continued refusal of Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to dissolve the parliament and hold fresh elections.

A red-shirt protester cools his head after being shaved as part of the protest.

A red-shirt protester cools his head after being shaved as part of the protest.

This woman volunteered to have her locks removed to demonstrate her support for the protest to force fresh elections.

This woman volunteered to have her locks removed to demonstrate her support for the protest to force fresh elections.

Two-year-old Tawan from Chonburri gets his head shaved

Two-year-old Tawan from Chonburri gets his head shaved

Tawan with his father, who also had his head shaved to show his support for calls to dissolve the Thai parliament.

Tawan with his father, who also had his head shaved to show his support for calls to dissolve the Thai parliament.

Tawan and his father from Chonburri think the loss a little hair is a small price to pay if it helps bring democracy to Thailand

Tawan and his father from Chonburri think the loss a little hair is a small price to pay if it helps bring democracy to Thailand

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PHAN FA BRIDGE, MARCH 25, 2010: Elderly men, women and a girl as young as eight-years-old were among hundreds of people who today lined up to have their heads shaved as part of the ongoing protest by the United front for Democracy against Dictatorship’s (UDDs) ongoing protest for democracy and dissolution of the Thai parliament.Click on photos for larger views.

Core red-shirt leader Rambo Isaan has his head shaved as part of the protest to force Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to dissolve parliament.

Core red-shirt leader Rambo Isaan has his head shaved as part of the protest to force Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to dissolve parliament.

Rambo Isaan has his head shaved as part of the UDDs protest for democracy in Bangkok

Rambo Isaan has his head shaved as part of the UDDs protest for democracy in Bangkok

Rambo Isaan and others have their heads shaved as part of the continuing pro-democracy protest at Phan Fa Bridge, Bangkok.

Rambo Isaan and others have their heads shaved as part of the continuing pro-democracy protest at Phan Fa Bridge, Bangkok.

This pro-democracy protester holds a "dissolve the parliament" sticker as his head is shaved on the main stage.

This pro-democracy protester holds a "dissolve the parliament" sticker as his head is shaved on the main stage.

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Media Advisory:

PHAN FA BRIDGE, MARCH 25, 2010: 100’s of men and women protesting for the dissolution of the Thai parliament will undergo a mass head shaving ceremony at Phan Fa Bridge commencing at 2pm today. The mass head shaving will be led by core UDD leader Rambo Isaan from Korat

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PHAN FA BRIDGE, MARCH 25, 2010: 2,000 red-shirt protesters from the northern province of Chiang Mai arrived at the Phan Fa Bridge protest site earlier this morning. There are small convoys from several northern and northeast provinces currently traveling to Bangkok.

Some of the people who have been at Phan Fa Bridge for the last week or so will return home to attend to business or personal requirements, while some others will stay. The UDD leadership has expressed their sincere gratitude to those returning home for the sacrifices they have made in the name of democracy and understand that people have different time and financial constrains that limit how long they are able to stay away from home.

The return home of some protesters should not be viewed as a weakening of the protest as other people are replacing those who are returning home. Many of the red-shirt protesters that are returning home have told the leadership they are prepared to return if needed.

2 Comments »

  1. Two-year-old Boy must be cut the hair! Fucking UDD.
    Bastardo.

    Comment by Colo — March 26, 2010 @ 9:36 am | Reply

    • Thank you for readng.

      As a Buddhist society it is quite common for young boys to have their heads shaved.

      Boys as young as seven-years-old enter the monkhood (see: Poi Sang Long Ceremony)

      The two-year-old boy was accompanied by his father. No one forced him or his father to volunteer to have their heads shaved. The father made the decision because of his strong feelings that Thailand needs change and to protest the dictatorial and undemocratic society Thailand has become since the 2006 coup d’état.

      Your comment displays considerable ignorance about the UDD, the high value the protesters place on democratic freedom, and Thai traditions.

      Thank you for reading our blog.

      Comment by redphanfa2day — March 26, 2010 @ 9:49 am | Reply


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