Red Shirts mark New Year with new protest pledge

Thousands of anti-government demonstrators have a new strategy for New Year.

Last Updated: Jan 09, 2011, 16:59 PM IST

Bangkok: Thousands of anti-government demonstrators have marched in Bangkok, saying they learned lessons from the chaotic violence of last year and have a new strategy for the New Year.
At least 10,000 so-called Red Shirt protesters marched to the capital`s upscale shopping area where massive crowds of protesters camped for weeks in the spring before heavily-armed soldiers swept through and arrested top protest leaders.
Leaders at Sunday`s protest vowed to hold rallies twice a month — rather than massive sit-ins that provoked last year`s violence — until their demands are met.

About 90 people were killed in the March-May unrest, as the protesters tried to force Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to call early elections.

Bureau Report