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Thai Red Shirts Dump Their Own Blood on the Government

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Posted on Mar 16, 2010
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An estimated 50,000 red-shirted protesters donated their own blood to be poured onto government and ruling party headquarters in Bangkok on Tuesday. The supporters of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra demanded new elections. Their numbers crested at an estimated 100,000 but appear to be dwindling.

Thaksin, one of Thailand’s wealthiest citizens, draws political support mainly from outside the capital. He was ousted in a military coup in 2006.  —PZS

Bangkok Post:

The peace-keeping operation command said the number of UDD supporters gathering at Phan Fa bridge had fallen from its peak of about 100,000 on Sunday. On Monday night the number was estimated at 25,000 and dropped to about 15,000 yesterday morning.

UDD leaders acknowledged the declining number of protesters from Sunday and said reinforcements of fresh protesters from other provinces were expected to arrive today.

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By Property for sale Phuket, June 17, 2011 at 1:36 am Link to this comment

I agree with Parisa. All the protests around the world are indeed waste of lives. The protest in Thailand also ruined parts of Bangkok with fire and demolition. This really has to stop. The so called red and yellow protesters have to quit fighting with each other and unite. I’m not 100 percent sure that this fight is going to change the government.

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By Mr Samui, July 4, 2010 at 8:51 pm Link to this comment

Oh what a challenge for Thailand. All is quiet again, however, the movement is still bubbling underground, even when the country is demanding democracy and fair play. Our tourism, which makes up the majority of Thailand’s income is again under threat. From a foreigner perspective the violence was in fact limited to a small area in Bangkok with the major tourist destination unaware of undeterred by the unrest.

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By rico, suave, March 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm Link to this comment


AIDS anyone?

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By parisa, March 17, 2010 at 11:49 am Link to this comment
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All these protests in Iran, Thailand or anywhere else. waste of lives, blood whatever!! Numbers die down & the origin of evil remains. Wake the ignorance here in the states then you got yourself a world changing revolution.

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By Mike, March 17, 2010 at 11:41 am Link to this comment
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This seems to be only one of many disgusting tactics being used by the Red Shirts.  I guess this tactic is still viable despite their lack of numbers and money.  A protester claims she is just fighting for fairness:

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By Thrashertm, March 17, 2010 at 4:24 am Link to this comment

Wow, now that’s how you protest. Not super hygienic, but…wow.

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By Ouroborus, March 16, 2010 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment

Thailand’s version of the tea baggers.

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