Sombat Boonngamanong, a prominent red-shirt figure, on Friday morning said he wants to be part of the reconciliation process, asking his followers to be more subtle when showing their opposition to the junta. About a hundred people visited the red-shirt leader at the Bangkok Remand Prison at 11 am on Friday.
Mainueng K. Kunthee was the pen name of Kamol Duangphasuk, a prominent red-shirt poet and activist who was shot dead on Wednesday evening by unknown assailants.
On Sunday, when anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban delivered his post-election speech, he declared victory for voters who refused to exercise their right and also made allegations of electoral fraud. However, one thing was conspicuously missing in his speech. He made no mention whatsoever of the 8 million to 10 million voters who were robbed of their right to vote because of obstruction by PDRC supporters.
2 Victims of Hatred: Reds assaulted in Bangkok Prachatai talked to 2 red-shirts who were assaulted by alleged PDRC guards.
Since the Bangkok shutdown operation was launched by the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) in a desperate bid to oust the government, many people have taken to assessing the political situation on a daily basis - if not more often - and have kept a close watch on the latest words from PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban, caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and military top brass. In such a period of crisis, however, we also need to try harder to look at the bigger picture.
Thais always seem to take things seriously when it comes to social media. At Toptens.com's the Worst World Leaders poll, Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, recently deposed Adolf Hitler to number three on the list, with Thaksin ranked at number one and Yingluck at two.
Two pro-government red-shirt supporters were shot dead on Sunday early morning while 45 were reportedly injured from the clashes between the pro and anti-government protesters on Ramkhamhaeng road. The former victim who was killed by bullet was reportedly a Ramkhamhaeng University student. This added to the total death toll of three people.