Thai Red Shirts rally in show of strength

The Red Shirt action marks the anniversary of the beginning of their two—month protest last year.

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2011, 19:13 PM IST

Bangkok: Thailand’s anti—government Red Shirt protesters have gathered in the capital Bangkok for a show of strength. Their demonstration comes just a day after Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he will call elections by early May.
The The Red Shirt action marks the anniversary of the beginning of their two—month protest last year that deteriorated into a violent confrontation that left 91 people dead and more than 1,400 injured.action marks the anniversary of the beginning of their two—month protest last year that deteriorated into a violent confrontation that left 91 people dead and more than 1,400 injured. They had been demanding an early election, claiming Mr. Abhisit came to power through undemocratic means.
Saturday’s rally at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument was expected to draw tens of thousands of supporters. It will feature the group’s top leaders who were freed on bail late last month after being detained on terrorism charges last May.

Bureau report