Northern Redshirts To Join Bangkok Rally

    Soldiers firing shots in Bon Kai area of Bangkok, May 2010

    (12 May) Representatives of National United Front Of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) in charge of coordinating Redshirts activities in 17 northern provinces promised a march on Bangkok this month to commemorate 3rd anniversary of the deadly military crackdown on Redshirts protests.

    Those protests started in mid-March 2010 and ended on 19 May, when the military assaulted
    their encampment in Ratchaprasong intersection, central Bangkok. More than 90 people were killed in
    those months of political violence.

    Today, leaders of the UDD northern chapters and their
    associates unveiled their plan in a press conference held at Aunty Noi Grilled Chicken restaurant,
    Uttaradit province.

    Some of the speakers brought copies of Matichon and Khaosod newspapers
    issued during the crackdown, and leafed through the pages to show pictures of the event before the
    cameras, saying these should help remind Redshirts of what happpened 3 years ago.

    Pannawat Narkmool, Uttaradit′s UDD representative, said Former PM Abhisit Vejjajeeva must be held
    responsible for the deaths and injuries caused by the confrontations in April-May 2010.

    They have committed violent atrocities toward Redshirts as though Redshirts are not their
    fellow compatriots, Mr. Pannawat said, insisting that the protesters were fighting for

    Mr. Pichit Tamool, UDD representative from Chiang Mai, said Redshirts from 17
    provinces in the north will travel by 250 buses and a number of private cars to Bangkok to join the
    UDD rally there, which is set to take place on 19 May. On the evening of 18 May, he said, the
    protesters will gather in Nakornsawan province before setting for the capital city together.