About 30,000 to 50,000 Red Shirts at Rajprasong for clampdown anniversary

About 30,000 to 50,000 Red Shirt protesters on Sunday gathered at Bangkok’s Rajprasong shopping area, the main rally site against the Abhisit Vejjajiva administration three years ago, to mark the third anniversary of the May 19 protest clampdown in 2010, which resulted in about 100 deaths and 1,000s injuries. The Red Shirts lawyer at the International Criminal Court against Abhisit, Robert Amsterdam gave a speech, saying Abhisit plans a book to blame everything on Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.  Thaksin is scheduled to make a phone-in address to his supporters at around 8.30pm tonight. The Red Shirts, United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), began gathering since morning at Ratchaprasong and laid wreaths in front of nearby Pathumwanaram Temple, Royal Refuge Site, to commemorate those who were killed there, by sniper shots, during the security operations in 2010. Ribbons were also tied at the Rajprasong intersection sign saying people dies here, to reflect the fact that many in Thailand does not care about what happened to the Red Shirts at the intersection. The deputy spokesman of the ruling Pheu Thai Party on Sunday urged former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban to formally express their condolences to the families of the May 19 victims. The court have found soldiers at fault for many of the protesters death, and Abhisit is facing several murder charges. A Yingluck Deputy, Chalerm Yoobumroong, is planning to push ahead with a wide-ranging amnesty plan. The plan is rejected by the Red Shirts, who wants Abhisit to face justice (Source).


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