Red-shirt demonstration in October 10, 2010

The anti-government Red-shirt movement held a demonstration and gathered at the Democracy monument in Bangkok, near to the scene where some of their protesters were killed on April 10th this year. Although there was a state of emergency in the capital, which effectively bans political gatherings of more than 5 people, protesters seemed undeterred and came out in force on a blisteringly hot day. This seemed to be the second largest gathering of Red-shirt supporters since the Military led May crackdown on the prolonged anti-government protests which left 91 dead and more than 1800 injured. Thailand’s police presence was light until the 5.00pm deadline for the rally to end drew near.

 

The anti-government Red-shirt movement held a demonstration and gathered at the Democracy monument in Bangkok

 

Riot police carrying shields gradually started to move into place surrounding Democracy monument, much to the displeasure of the crowd, some of whom argued and shouted with the police. The day finally drew to a peaceful close around 6.20pm when most of the crowd began to disperse and city officials put a clean-up operation into place.

 

Thailand’s police presence was light until the 5.00pm deadline for the rally to end drew near

 

Police were also out in force because of suspicions that several small bombings in Bangkok in recent months have political links. The recent bombings include an explosion at an apartment building last week that killed an alleged bomb maker and three other people. Police speculate the device accidentally detonated.

 

Police were also out in force because of suspicions that several small bombings in Bangkok in recent months have political links

 

Sunday’s crowd appeared to total several thousand, about half the size of a demonstration last month marking the anniversary of a 2006 military coup that ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The protesters include many Thaksin supporters as well as activists opposed to military interference in politics.

 

The recent bombings include an explosion at an apartment building last week that killed an alleged bomb maker and three other people

 

The Red Shirt movement has gradually resumed activity, handicapped by a state of emergency that continues in Bangkok. The emergency decree bans such gatherings, but it is applied loosely, and protests have occurred almost weekly to memorialize the dead and call for the freedom of detained Red Shirts.

 

The Red Shirt movement has gradually resumed activity, handicapped by a state of emergency that continues in Bangkok

 

The protesters include many Thaksin supporters as well as activists opposed to military interference in politics

 

A lengthy Red Shirt protest that occupied streets in the city center starting in March degenerated into violence and a military crackdown in May, with about 90 people killed. Government officials have warned they expect a wave of terrorism in coming months in an effort to destabilize the government, but Red Shirt supporters say the accusation slanders their movement.

 

The red-shirt’s demonstration

 

 

 

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