Red Shirts warn new Thai govt they want justice

Last Updated: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 15:46

Bangkok: Support by the red shirt protest movement that rallied behind Thai prime minister-elect Yingluck Shinawatra, helping her win elections by a landslide, could splinter if demands for justice over deadly protests last year are not met, its leader said.
The red shirts, whose protests paralysed Bangkok last year and sparked a bloody military crackdown that ended with 91 people killed and nearly 2,000 wounded, want a thorough investigation into the Army`s role in civilian deaths, the movement`s chairwoman, Thida Thaworseth, said.
That is one of several demands threatening to open fissures in the support base of Yingluck, whose Puea Thai (For Thais) party swept Sunday`s Parliamentary Elections on the back of support from the urban and rural poor, especially in the vote-rich northeast.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 15:46

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