Thailand red shirts are the supporters of the
ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, thrown aside from
leadership through a military putsch, in 2006. At the
middle of March, they started to protest demanding
the demission of the premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and
legislative anticipated elections.
protestors blamed the fact that the premier, born
and educated in the Great Britain, doesn’t have the
people’s support, getting at leadership in 2008
trough a controversial vote, having the tacit
support of the army. On March
12, thousands of Thais protested on streets to ask
for the premier’s demission and anticipated
elections. With this occasion, the demonstrators
donated hundreds of blood litres which then throw in
front of the government’s centre.
After almost one month of
peaceable protests, the Thai government enforced the
emergency situation in capital and in the close provinces,
after thousands of demonstrators entered in the Parliament’
s court. The demonstrators broke the gates of the
Parliament with a truck, and the officials were evacuated
from the legislative’s building with the helicopter.
fallowing battles, 14 civilians and 5 soldiers were
killed while other 825 people were hurt, announced
the emergency services. Among the dead people was a
Japanese cameraman from Reuters.
long days of violent incidents, in which the red
shirts attacked the capital’s commercial centre and
an army’s garrison, the authorities decoded to send
soldiers armed with war ammunition, to help the
policemen who could not manage the situation. On
April 25, the Thai premier rejected an offer of
compromise of the demonstrators and worn that the
army will evacuate the protestants from downtown.
On May 14, the
Thailand red shirts’ leader, the general Khattiya
Sawasdiphol was shot in head while giving an
interview to the foreign reporters about the
measures taken by the Thai
government, among which was to block the protestants’ camp
from the centre of Bangkok. In May 2010, the anti-
government protestants from Thailand also called ‘the red
shirts’ said that they are ready to discuss at the
negotiation’s table with the authorities but the external
politics analysts had doubts that eventually discussions
will stop the street violence.
One of the demonstrators’ leaders, Nattawut Saikua,
said that they decided to accept a new set of
negotiations proposed by Senate because, if the
things will continue in the same rhythm, many lives
can be lost.
Despite these declarations, the street fights
sporadically continued at the periphery of Bangkok.
About 5.000 persons that support the ex-premier
Thaksin Shinawatra gathered in a camp from a
luxuriant region of the Thailand’s capital.
The tanks and the infantry troops of the Thai army
started to advance towards the regions occupied by
the demonstrators after the government rejected the
red shirts’ negotiations offer.
The protestors’ leaders asked the mediation to some members
of the Parliament but refused the government’s precondition
to occupy the city’s downtown and to stop before the
negotiations. In many places some gun shots could be heard
from time to time.