Reporting the red shirt rally

6 04 2014

PPT has looked through some of the reporting of the red shirt rally at various places around the Web and media.

By late on the 5th, The Nation had managed a photo of the red shirt rally, but hardly a word about it. Buried in its web-based headline story was this:

At the red-shirt rally, Jatuporn Promphan, leader of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), said he expected as many as 500,000 people to take part in the rally.

He said the red shirts would not allow an unelected prime minister to rule the country and that after 82 years the country had had enough of a “lack of democracy”.

Jatuporn said the red shirts would end their rally tomorrow morning and there would be another mass rally on April 18.

A large number of red-shirt participants, most of whom came in different vehicles, caused traffic congestion in areas around the rally site.

Clearly, The Nation was more interested in Suthep Thaugsuban’s demagoguery than in getting its reporters to the first major red shirt rally anywhere near Bangkok since the end of last year.

The Bangkok Post, which previously accepted anti-democrat claims of “millions” rallying for that side, seemed to take a different tack on red shirts. It too had an aerial photo of the very large rally, and referred to “[t]ens of thousands of people from across the country,” before declaring how both “Suthep and UDD chairman Jatuporn Promphan have … been obsessed with the number of people each side can attract.” In fact, the obsession has mainly been with the mainstream media, including the Post, reporting the anti-democrats. After all, the red shirts haven’t rallied near Bangkok for several months. The Post decides that: “The actual crowd as of late Saturday afternoon was estimated at about 80,000.” It doesn’t give a source for the figure, although red shirts sources were claiming about 120,000.

Red rally

A Bangkok Post photo

The Post reports Jatuporn’s speech:

We will fight if the country becomes undemocratic.”

“The Thai people have reached the point of no hope, because we are now aware of the repeated deceptions,” Mr Jatuporn told reporters afterward.

“What we are most concerned about, what we want to warn all sides against, is a civil war, which we do not want to happen. … It will happen if there is a coup and democracy is stolen.”

HeadMeanwhile, Andrew MacGregor Marshall sent out some tweets from BBC reporter Jonathan Head that had the monarchy element of the struggle highlighted. PPT has a screen shot of these. Marshall has been pointing to the succession issue as underpinning the political crisis of the past decade, and these tweets indicate a belief amongst some red shirts that the monarchy and succession are now splitting the ruling class.

Meanwhile, preparations for succession continue, as reported at Matichon. Google Translate does a reasonable job of this announcement that shows Prince Vajiralongkorn gradually preparing for the bigger role.

The international media has reported the red shirt rally quite extensively. Here’s some of it:

Thailand’s ‘Red Shirts’ rally to support PM Yingluck Shinawatra

ABC Online

Government supporters in Thailand are staging a mass rally on the outskirts of Bangkok as the nation’s political instability continues. Tens of thousands of ‘Red Shirts’ gathered on the western fringe of the city on Saturday

Thai ‘Red Shirts’ rally to support embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

NEWS.com.au

THOUSANDS of Thai pro-government “Red Shirts” have gathered in a show of support for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, warning that they would resist attempts to oust her through the courts

Thailand crisis: ‘Red shirts’ warn of civil war threat

BBC News – ‎5 hours ago‎

Leaders of Thailand’s pro-government movement have warned that any attempt to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra could trigger a civil war. They issued the warning at a rally outside Bangkok

Thailand’s ‘Red Shirts’ rally in support of embattled PM

CTV News

The Red Shirts have avoided rallying in Bangkok since then to avert bloodshed, and the current three-day gathering is being held dozens of kilometres from downtown Bangkok, on the western edge of the sprawling metropolis, for the same reason

Thousands of pro-government ‘Red Shirts’ rally in Thailand

Deutsche Welle

Gathering on Saturday, followers of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), better known as the “Red Shirts,” kicked off a three-day rally held around a dozen kilometers (miles) outside of downtown Bangkok

Supporters Hold Rally for Thai Prime Minister

Wall Street Journal

Members of the pro-government “red shirt” group wave Thai national flags and hold photos of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother Thaksin Shinawatra during a rally in Nakhon Pathom province on the outskirts of Bangkok Saturday

Thai protest leader calls for ‘final battle’

Times of India

BANGKOK: A top Thai protest leader on Saturday asked anti-government activists to prepare for the “final battle” to be triggered by the ouster of embattled premier Yingluck Shinawatra, even as thousands of pro-government “Red Shirts” gathered

Thailand’s pro-government Red Shirts set to rally

Daily Mail

The last time pro-government “Red Shirts” gathered en masse at a stadium in the capital in November, shooting broke out nearby and five people were killed. The Red Shirts have avoided rallying in Bangkok since then to avert bloodshed

Thailand’s Red Shirts to rally in support of PM

CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News
The Red Shirts have avoided rallying in Bangkok since then to avert bloodshed, and Saturday’s rally is being held dozens of kilometres (miles) from downtown, on the western edge of the sprawling metropolis, for the same reason

Thailand Government Backers Rally for Show of Support

Voice of Americ

Until now, government supporters, led by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, known as the “red shirts,” mainly clustered in the rural north, have not staged large rallies in or around Bangkok

Thai Red Shirts mobilise to defend besieged PM

The West Australian

Udon Thani (Thailand) (AFP) – With a flurry of punches and kicks, hundreds of Thai “Red Shirts” undergo self-defence drills as they mobilise to protect the embattled government, stoking fears of a dangerous new phase of civil conflict

Thai Red Shirts plan counter rally to protect Prime Minister

Thanh Nien Daily

The United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship is working with authorities to prepare security for a crowd of 500,000 people today at a site in western Bangkok, said Jatuporn Prompan, the leader of the group that’s also known as the Red Shirts

Supporters of Thai PM converge to counter anti-govt protests

Firstpost

In their largest show of force in months, the pro-government “red shirts”, or United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship as the group is formally known, said they were prepared to thwart any move to dismiss Yingluck

Thais Rally in Support of Beleaguered Prime Minister

New York Times

In their largest show of force in months, the government supporters, known informally as the Red Shirts, said they were prepared to thwart any move to dismiss Ms. Yingluck, who faces mounting legal cases that could lead to her removal from office

Thousands Of Government Supporters Rally In Bangkok

Bernama
BANGKOK, April 5 (Bernama) — Thousands of government supporters from United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) or the Red Shirts gathered on a main road at the outskirt of Bangkok to begin a rally

Thai PM supporters kick off days-long rallies

Aljazeera.com

Up to 20,000 Red Shirts were already gathered by Saturday morning, several hours ahead of the official start of the rally, according to Paradorn Pattanatabut, a security adviser to the premier

Thousands Rally in Support of Embattled Thai PM

Voice of America

In their largest show of force in months, the pro-government “red shirts” said they are prepared to fight any move to oust Ms. Yingluck from office. Red shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan told reporters his group he will not accept a coup

Thai ‘Red Shirts’ rally to support beleaguered PM

Press Trust of India

Bangkok, Apr 5 (PTI) Thousands of Thai pro-government “Red Shirts” gathered here today for a massive three-day rally in a show of support for embattled premier Yingluck Shinawatra, raising fears of possible clashes.


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17 04 2014
Succession planning | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] As we briefly noted a while ago, Matichon has reported a Government Gazette announcement of a consolidation of troops to Prince Vajiralongkorn’s personal command. Google Translate does a reasonable job of this announcement that shows the Prince preparing for the bigger role. More interestingly, the prince now has command of some seven regiments that are said to be providing protection for the aged king and queen. The presumed political position of the prince was also noted in our earlier post. […]

17 04 2014
Succession planning | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] As we briefly noted a while ago, Matichon has reported a Government Gazette announcement of a consolidation of troops to Prince Vajiralongkorn’s personal command. Google Translate does a reasonable job of this announcement that shows the Prince preparing for the bigger role. More interestingly, the prince now has command of some seven regiments that are said to be providing protection for the aged king and queen. The presumed political position of the prince was also noted in our earlier post. […]




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