60,000 red shirts march and rally

9 01 2011

A reader points this out from The Nation regarding Sunday’s rallies at Rajaprasong and Ratdamnoen: “Maj General Wichai Sangprapai, commander of Metropolitan Police Division 1, said some 60,000 red shirts showed up at the two rallies at Rajdamnoen and Ratchaprasong.”

As usual, The Thai Report has done a great job of posting about the rallies on Sunday, so we reproduce TTR’s links below (in reverse time order). We’ll add to this list as updates when we have them:



18:00 – Picture: Looking South… 

From Al Jazeera

18:00 – Picture: Looking North…
17:15 – Picture: More stuck in traffic…
17:00 – Picture: Attempt to setup stage…
16:00 – Picture: Police watching over…
16:00 – Picture: Road filled…
15:15 – Picture: Massages…
15:00 – Picture: Ratchaprasong still fairly empty…
U.S. Embassy issues warning over mass rally…

Update: Washington Post carries AP story with pictures, including Jatuporn attending / Al Jazeera and updated here / more photos here / Reuters / AFP at ABC News / Photo on the left is from a reader who says: “it sure doesn’t look like the Red Shirt Movement is over…” / VOA News / Bangkok Post: “Police Major General Piya Utayo of the Metropolitan Police told AFP that 30,000 people had gathered for the rally — a figure also confirmed by a special branch police source.” / The Nation: a senior policeman, Wichai Sangprapai “said he had made clear to the group police would immediately make arrests if any protesters wrote any message offensive to the monarchy (a lese majeste offence). Some officers would video the rally for evidence in case of legal violations.” / Thaksin phone-in at AFP: “I admire you for having strong hearts for democracy. The government’s meaning of reconciliation is to chase up people who they can arrest, so that that the Reds will be no more…”.


Updated Bangkok Post report: “Tens of thousands of red shirt members converged at the Ratchaprasong intersection…”, “[a]bout half an hour before the rally ended at 8.40pm, Thaksin addressed the red shirt demonstrators at the intersection…”, “Suthep Thaugsuban … said any action which further creates political and social division was not helpful…. Mr Suthep expressed concern that many street rallies have been planned…”, “The Department of Special Investigation was keeping an eye on Jatuporn Prompan, the UDD co-leader and opposition Puea Thai Party MP…. DSI chief Tharit Pengdit said if Mr Jatuporn did anything to defy the court’s order, the department would seek to have his bail revoked…”, “Police chief Wichean Potephosree said police were watching for legal violations during the protest such as the release of lanterns and acts of lese majeste.”

From Bangkok Post

More updates: MCOT News / The Nation on Thaksin and Jatuporn / Thai Free News photos / Matichon photos / Bangkok Pundit assessment / Bangkok Post’s Veera Prateepchaikul reflects apparent surprise at the size of the red shirt rallies and immediately raises the “political tool” slogan but at least seems to understand that they are not paid or misled demonstrators / Jatuporn safe / Thai e-News photos and commentary / CNN on the rallies.

BBC News has the biggest lie of the day: “Acting spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said the government had expected bigger numbers since emergency rule was lifted in December.” PPT thinks they have been taken by surprise; after all, the repression has been extensive, but the red shirts keep rallying!

Further updates: short Foreign Policy note / Epoch Times / The Irish Times / Wall Street Journal



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12 01 2011
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