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Thailand Red Shirts



Thailand Red Shirts

The 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.

The 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.


Thailand Red Shirts

In the 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.

After 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.

Red Shirts in Thailand


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.



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