16 Jun '11, 5am

'Red Villages' are about political awareness not political indoctrination. #thaivote2011 #redshirts

Nirmal Ghosh on evolution in the 'red shirt' movement The revelation last week that hundreds of villages in the red shirt-dominated north eastern Isan region had placed signboards at their entrances proclaiming themselves "Red Villages for Democracy"’ has rung some alarm bells in Bangkok. So I decided to go and check them out. Accompanied by Inter Press Service correspondent Marwaan Macan-Markar, I spent two days in Isan last Sunday and Monday, travelling extensively and conducting interviews in Udon Thani and Khon Kaen. The red shirts began developing a few months after the September 2006 coup d’etat that ousted Thaksin Shinawatra, and have since grown into a wide, deep and well-organised movement only temporarily disrupted by the army’s crackdown last summer. The movement supports the opposition Puea Thai party, currently leading the ruling Democrat Party according to al...

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