THE REDSHIRTS REVOLT (2010)
In March 2010, the "Red-Shirts" of the National Front United for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) are organizing a large demonstration in Bangkok. They want to force the government to relinquish power and acquire early elections. Tens of thousands of people from the North and Northeast provinces of the country gather at Ratchaprasong, a huge area in the economic part of Bangkok. Everyone is demanding that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of the Democratic Party, steps down. They consider him illegitimate because he was not elected by the people. The event turns into peaceful mass occupation geared towards paralyzing the economic center of the capital and getting a new ballot. The headquarters of the "Red-Shirts", which became a fortified camp to face the aggressiveness of some "Yellow-Shirts," will last nearly two months and will be violently suppressed by the army. The outcome of the clash was reportedly ninety people dead and nearly two thousand wounded, mostly civilians. In 2011, Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of Thaksin (former Prime Minister and founder leader of the UDD that was exiled by the army in 2006), won the elections and came to power by becoming the county’s prime minister.