Red Shirts and Yellow Shirts Scuffle in Bangkok

Events in Bangkok yesterday provided a reminder of ongoing political tensions in Thailand, with rival red shirt and yellow shirt supporters involved in street clashes. The Bangkok Post reports: Confrontations between the red- and yellow-shirt groups are likely to intensify after yesterday’s clash outside the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) left scores of people from both […]

Reuters on Yesterday’s Red Shirt Rally

Reuters reports: Thailand’s “red shirts” turned out in force on Sunday to warn the judiciary they will not stand by if a plan to amend the constitution is rejected, a rewrite critics say is aimed at allowing exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra to come home. And: According to police estimates, 35,000 red shirts had gathered […]

Red Shirt 112 Sticker Evokes Pizza Company Logo

Related to my last post… @Anasuya found this notable sticker today at a Red Shirt event here in Bangkok. Yes, it refers to lèse-majesté — Article 112 of the Thai criminal code — and is modeled on…the Pizza Company logo. Pizza Company restaurants are popular and widespread here in Thailand, and their advertisements often include […]

Yellow Shirts Protest Update: Next Week’s Bill Deliberation Cancelled

A quick follow-up post on yesterday’s Yellow Shirt protests over the bill that could lead to Thaksin’s return… Many people here in Thailand, as well as Thailand-watchers abroad, may well be thinking: Here we go again. The WSJ reported yesterday: Around 2,000 followers of the so-called Yellow Shirt movement swarmed around the Parliament building, preventing […]

Red shirts to hold anniversary rally on March 12

AP has this story today: Thailand’s ‘Red Shirts’ urge release of colleagues Seven recently freed leaders of Thailand’s anti-government “Red Shirt” movement called Sunday for the release of more than 180 of their colleagues who remain jailed since a violent military crackdown last year. The seven gathered for a ceremony at Bangkok’s Wat Pathuwanaram temple, […]

7 Red Shirt leaders out on bail

AP: Thailand Court Grants Bail for Red Shirt Leaders A Thai court has granted bail for seven leaders of the antigovernment “Red Shirt” movement detained after mass protests and riots ended in May. BBC: Thailand’s red-shirt leaders freed on bail Seven leaders of Thailand’s “red-shirt” protest movement have been freed on bail after nine months […]

Social media and Thailand’s red shirt protests

Note: This post contains a story I wrote for the fall, 2010 issue of Dateline, the magazine of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand. I am reproducing the article here with the club’s permission. I have added images and links to various Web sites, but the text remains the same. Social media and Thailand’s red […]

NYT/IHT: “Thai Inquiry Into Violence Falters”

Powerful story in the NYT/IHT today: Thai Inquiry Into Violence Falters BANGKOK — A zookeeper was shot and killed as he was leaving work. An antigovernment demonstrator who sought shelter in a Buddhist temple was shot five times but lived, possibly because a coin in his satchel deflected a bullet. A soldier who rushed to […]

Two takes (one satirical) on the ongoing red shirt protests at Rajaprasong

In the wake of Sunday’s rally, two different takes — one a news account, the other a sendup — on the ongoing red shirt protests at the Rajaprasong intersection. First, from today’s Bangkok Post: Red shirt rallies are making us broke, say angry retailers Business operators, vendors and residents at the Ratchaprasong intersection have urged […]

Roger Arnold wins award for reporting on Red Shirt protests

I’m a few weeks late in noting this, but I wanted to point out that Bangkok-based journalist Roger Arnold has won the 2010 Rory Peck Trust award for his video news reporting. The awards, which were given out last month, go to freelance cameramen and camerawomen. Roger captured some compelling footage for the Wall Street […]