“Thanks for seeing our well worth”: in the middle of a pandemic, Redshirts joined Thailand’s youth-led objections

On 16 August 2020, a group of around 200 people gathered at the Ubon Ratchathani City Column Shrine to sustain a youth-led, anti-government mass objection in Bangkok aiming to oust the junta-leader-turned-prime-minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha. A banner was set up featuring writings by demonstrators revealing their demands as well as irritations. Messages varied from grievances about the absence of …

That previous Redshirts continued to gather in support of anti-government protests is a representation of the midsts of their grievances as well as yearnings for justice. In this write-up, I check out the protest at the City Pillar Shrine to exhibit the endurance of the Redshirts against all odds and their involvement in the 2020 youth-led protests in Thailand that damaged the historic limits of political expression in lots of methods. Various other districts in Isan have actually likewise seen assistance for the youth-led activity by Redshirts who nonetheless are not compromising their identification– they continue to don their intense red clothing and openly bring their Redshirt materiel without being terrified of being stigmatised. At a rally at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok 2 days earlier, a student speaker had stated a speech by Redshirt leader Nattawut Saikua as well as referred to the battles of the Redshirts, including by talking of those who remain in prison. The involvement of Redshirts in the 2020 objections have actually revealed once again that regular people are still ready to bring on in spite of their severe absence of political capital vis-a-vis their establishment-backed anti-democracy opponents.