Red shirt rally draws 1,000

Friday, 16 November 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 46 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

More than 1,000 people attended a one-day “school” on political action organized by the UDD “red shirt” group.

Chanyuth Hengtrakul, local head of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship, and Thida Thawornset, president of Thai Red in the Land, hosted the Nov. 4 “Thai Red in the Land School for Beginners” at Health Park in Naklua.

The group said last month that more than 3,000 red shirts from Pattaya, Srakaew, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Chachoengsao, Prachinburi, and Laem Chabang had registered to attend, but only a third those actually showed.

Local red shirt leaders take to the stage to “teach” their political platform. Local red shirt leaders take to the stage to “teach” their political platform.

Thida spoke on strategies, tactical goals, policies, responsibilities, implementation of ideas and alignment for the political action group. She said the event was held to educate followers on the UDD’s political goals of maintaining a monarchy with the “sovereignty belonging to the Thai people.” She also told the audience of the need to interact with middle and upper classes to ensure justice and equality.

The crowd also heard lectures from Jatuporn Phromphan, as well as Visa Khanthup, Kokaew Phikulthong, Jaran Dittha-apichai, Veerakan Musicpong, Adisorn Piengket, and Nattawut Saikua and others. All in attendance received certificates denoting their “graduation” from the political “school.”

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