Thai `Red Shirts` welcomed home from deadly rallies
Hundreds of angry and emotional "Red Shirts" protesters were welcomed home as heroes to northern Thailand after troops forced them to end rallies in the capital Bangkok.
Chiang Mai: Hundreds of angry and
emotional "Red Shirts" protesters were welcomed home as heroes
to northern Thailand on Friday after troops forced them to end
rallies in the capital Bangkok.
Some 300 Reds arrived at Chiang Mai railway station to a
cheering 100-strong crowd, waving flags as they revived the
spirit of anti-government rallies that paralysed parts of the
Thai capital for two months.
"We did not lose. This is not a retreat," said Hoowit
Kunasawat, a 49-year-old artist, one of those greeted with
applause by supporters of the campaign to oust Prime Minister
Abhisit Vejjajiva`s government.
At least 85 people were killed in clashes and blasts
while some 1,900 were injured in "Red Shirt" street protests
that began in mid-March and ended Wednesday when troops
stormed their encampment in Bangkok`s top retail area.
A night-time curfew is in place until Sunday in the
capital as well as the Reds` heartland in the rural north and
northeast, amid fears the trouble could spread to the rest of
Tears rolled down the faces of many in the Chiang Mai
crowd as they hugged loved ones who had returned safely from
the Bangkok demonstrations, but many expressed anger that
troops had used live weapons fire in their crackdown.