Khon Kaen Farmers Protest Price Disparities

KHON KAEN – As youth partook in a football match in the background, rice farmers from three Khon Kaen districts gathered on the lawn of the provincial hall to challenge a game that mill companies have played with them for years. Arriving early Monday morning, 800 farmers from Nam Phong, Muang, and Sam Soong districts […]

Pheu Thai Kicks off Campaign Season in Isaan

KHON KAEN – The campaign slogans might have been written in red, but Saturday night’s United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship rally couldn’t have been any clearer: vote for the blue and white of Pheu Thai. On a stage crowded with local Pheu Thai MPs and candidates alike, speakers extolled the virtues of the party’s […]

Red Schools Are Back in Session

BANGKOK – Close to 1,500 provincial red shirt leaders assembled this Saturday morning to kick off the 2011 political school year for the UDD. The School for Provincial Committee Coordinators met as a one-day teachers’ college designed to educate district-level leaders on the movement’s politics and strategies in the lead-up to this year’s parliamentary elections. […]

Demonstrators Storm Loei Hotel, Rally Against Mining Meeting

LOEI – Over nine hundred villagers thwarted a local company’s attempt on April 7th to hold a public hearing regarding the establishment of a nearby copper mine.  Flooding the open-air lobby of the Loei Palace Hotel in the Muang district, Huay Muang villagers and their supporters waved flags and chanted into bullhorns as they barricaded […]

Udon Lovers Open Red Kingdom

UDON THANI – The Udon Lovers branch of the National United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship celebrated their five year anniversary this morning by officially opening their new headquarters in Udon’s Sam Phrao district. Pheu Thai party candidate and Udon Lovers founder Kwanchai Praipana unveiled the so-called “Red Kingdom” office building and radio station. The […]

Slum Granted Lease by SRT

KHON KAEN – Community leaders, local politicians, and villagers met today to mark the start of a land rental agreement between the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and the inhabitants of the Nong Waeng slum community. The agreement comes just five months after parliament approved plans to move ahead with the Chinese-Thai joint high-speed rail […]

Ministers Discuss Land Deed with Chaiyaphum Protest Villagers

BAW KAEW VILLAGE, CHAIYAPHUM—Officials from the office of the Prime Minister travelled to Baw Kaew protest village yesterday morning to meet with villagers and Forest Industry Organization (FIO) members about their overlapping claims to 1,500 rai of land in Kon San Forest. Today marked a small victory in a 33-year uphill battle for Baw Kaew […]

Isaan Red Shirt Committee Members Meet for First Time

KHON KAEN – Nineteen newly elected red shirt committee members, representing each of the Northeastern provinces, led a rally for the first time on Thursday to establish themselves as the movement’s new Isaan representatives and celebrate the release of eight red shirts on February 22. Over 10,000 supporters cheered on as they heard from both […]

Strong Showing at Red Shirt Fundraiser in Khon Kaen

KHON KAEN – Over 5,000 Red Shirt supporters from across the Northeast flocked to the provincial capital this Saturday night to raise money for the families of Red Shirts who were imprisoned, wounded or killed as a result of the May 2010 unrest. On the nine month anniversary of the May 19 crackdown, a local […]

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