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<p>On 2 May, the Appeals Court Region 3 in Ubon Ratchathani pronounced its verdict in the case of red shirts accused of torching the provincial hall during the unrest on 19 May 2010.</p> <p></p>
By Craig J. Reynolds |
<p>Claudio Sopranzetti, <em>Red Journeys: Inside the Thai Red-Shirt Movement. </em>Chiang Mai, Silkworm Books, 2012. xiv + 131pp.</p> <div>At the time he wrote this memoir, Claudio Sopranzetti was doing fieldwork in Thailand for his dissertation in anthropology. Based on his interactions with some of the 200,000 motorcycle taxi drivers operating semi-legally in Bangkok, his study focuses on mobility and politics. Many of the taxi drivers are from the northeast, a region populated by people of Lao descent and historically one of the most disadvantaged parts of the country. The Lao cultivators and petty traders, who migrate to the capital to work in services such as driving motorcycle taxis, have long suffered from the disparaging attitudes of wealthy, urban people who view them as country bumpkins and harbour an engrained fear of an empowered labour force.</div> <p></p>
By Nidhi Eoseewong |
<p>Regarding political conflict in Thailand, many years ago I proposed that the political system (relations of power) is unable to adapt and broaden itself to accept the expansion of a new group of people who I referred to as the lower middle-class. This group of people is vast and needs a space to politically negotiate within the system, because their lives, their worldviews, and their interests have changed.&nbsp;</p> <p></p>
<p>On 26 Nov, the Criminal Court ruled that the death of <a href="">Charnnarong Polsrila</a> had been caused by security officers during the crackdown on red shirts in May 2010.</p>
<p>A woman and a guard for the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship have been sentenced to prison for detaining and attacking soldiers during red-shirt rallies in 2009.</p>
By Saowanee T. Alexander |
<p>On behalf of the volunteers who collected information on the impact of 2010 April-May crackdown in Ubon Ratchathani, I would like to make the following observations regarding the complete Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) report as follows.</p>
By Andrew Spooner, Asian Correspondent |
<p>Whilst the <a href=";utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter">Wall Street Journal</a>, Financial Times and other associated bloggers and foreign media are fixated on the non-lethal lies of the Thailand&rsquo;s finance minister, the leaders of Thailand&rsquo;s Democrat Party and their allies in the Thai Army remain able to lie, scheme and threaten with complete impunity.</p>
<p>Jakrapob Penkair, former minister under the Thaksin government and a red-shirt leader, has fled Thailand and been in exile after the Abhisit government's first crackdown on the red-shirt movement in April 2009.&nbsp; He was interviewed by Prachatai's special reporter on 31 May this year.</p>
<p><a href="">Sombat Boon-ngam-anong</a>, leader of the Red Sunday Group, presented his idea of petitioning the Constitution Court for its removal to a crowd of red shirts gathered in front of the Criminal Court on 8 July.</p>
<p>Thongchai Winichakul, former student leader in 1976 and currently professor at the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US, wrote a <a href="">letter</a> to the International Criminal Court on 24 May, regarding Thailand's political turmoil in 2010. He also visited the ICC in the Hague with the Red Shirt delegation this week.</p>
By Pravit Rojanaphruk, The Nation |
<p>As Sunday's 80th anniversary of the June 24, 1932 coup approaches, Thai society has seen a steady revival of interest - especially among red shirts - in the day that marked the end of absolute monarchy, and whose date served as Thai National Day for two decades.</p>
By Pravit Rojanaphruk, The Nation |
<p><em>The past is always subject to editing, omission, co-optation and selective memorisation.</em></p> <p>This was manifested recently when the red shirts flocked to listen to their leaders' speeches at Muang Thong Thani's Thunder Dome. Before people like Jatuporn Promphan and Nattawut Saigua took the stage, a video showing how resistance to the September 19, 2006, military coup took shape was screened.</p>