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“There was already smoke around where the soldiers are, where they were shooting from. I was running around looking for injured people too, at the time. If on that day, I helped a girl into a car, and I took her to the hospital, I wouldn't be in jail, but I was also worried about people who got shot. Actually, I went to help injured people, then I was charged with arson. I became a scapegoat.”

Somsak Prasansub was among those accused of burning the Ubon Ratchathani City Hall in 2010, after the crackdown on the Red Shirt protests in Bangkok. He insisted he was innocent. However, he was initially sentenced to life in prison, before having his sentence reduced to 33 years and 4 months. He was finally released after over 7 years in prison.

Prachatai, with support from the Canadian Embassy’s Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), presents “Red’s Scar,” part of “Un-fairly Tales,” a series of short documentaries on inequality in Thailand.

Un-fairly Tales

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