Red shirts rally for elections in Pattaya

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Pattaya-based “red shirt” pro-democracy activists rallied at Central Festival Pattaya Beach, calling for the government to guarantee new elections will be held as promised on Feb. 24.
Pattaya-based “red shirt” pro-democracy activists rallied at Central Festival Pattaya Beach, calling for the government to guarantee new elections will be held as promised on Feb. 24.

Pattaya-based “red shirt” pro-democracy activists rallied at Central Festival Pattaya Beach, calling for the government to guarantee new elections will be held as promised on Feb. 24.

United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship leaders Wanchlerm Kinsean, Jidapa Thanahattachai, and Anurak Jentawanitch led 50 supporters in the Nov. 17 demonstration.

Protestors wore t-shirts saying “people want elections” and speakers demanded the election be transparent and on schedule.

Before the rally, red shirt leaders presented a letter to Pattaya police to explain the intent of the rally, certifying it would follow guidelines set by the Pattaya City Council. About 100 police and other officials watched the rally closely.

The group had expected about four times as many people than actually showed up.

Wanchlerm said the red shirts don’t want to see yet another postponement of the election.