Red Shirts mark 5th anniversary of 2006 coup


BANGKOK, Sept 18 – Red Shirt loyalists the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) gathered Sunday at the Democracy Monument in the Thai capital to mark the 5th anniversary of the 2006 military coup d’etat against the government of Thaksin Shinawatra.

The Red Shirt activists were led by leaders including Jatuporn Prompan, Nattawut Saikua, Korkaew Pikulthong and Weng Tojirakan. No longer in opposition, they have now all become members of parliament for the government-forming Pheu Thai party.

Acting UDD leader Thida Thavornsreth also joined the event.

The activity marks the fifth anniversay of the bloodless coup d’etat of Sept 19, 2006 which toppled then prime minister Thaksin, who was, at that time, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

The UDD movement believes that the 2006 coup marks the beginning of the destruction of Thailand’s economic, social and political system.

Event activities also pointed out how the 2006 military coup destroyed the country’s constitution.