Red shirt rally draws thousands

10 12 2010

MCOT News has two reports on the red shirt Constitution Day rally.

The first report says the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) gathered at the Democracy Monument to mark Constitution Day while demanding the release of the detained red shirt protest leaders who have been jailed without bail since May. It says that “thousands of Red Shirts joined the political activities, led by recently-appointed acting UDD chairman Thida … [Tawornsate Tojirakarn]”.

From Bangkok Post

Red shirts lit candles in commemoration of those who died in the area back in April. They  released lanterns and pigeons “to show their demand for the release of the detained leaders.” Jatuporn Promphan said they would gather again on 19 December, this time at Rajaprasong “to mark the passage of seven months since the military operation to retake the protest site…”.

The second report has police estimating up to 7,000 red shirts rallying. Police estimates are usually on the low side.  (The Bangkok Post estimates 10,000.) There was no violence at the protest rally. The report also says there was a UDD protest in Lampang on Friday. The protesters “held placards demanding a genuine democratic system in Thailand. The demonstrators released red balloons during the brief rally…”.

The Post says: “The red crowd hung red paper birds around the rally site and wrapped a large piece of cloth reading “We want the 1997 Constitution” around Democracy Monument…. The red shirts placed spirit houses filled with reptiles on the ground, spelling out their contempt for the justice system. In Thai, a court and a spirit house are spelt the same way.”


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