“I can still remember that heavy smell of blood wafting through the air, as the dead bodies of the protesters were being piled together up on the UDD stage, together with the weapons they managed to prise from the hands of soldiers. I can’t forget it,” writes a news reporter who covered the bloody events of April-May 2010.
Ten years have passed since the killings of Bloody May, yet those responsible are still walking free and blameless in the eyes of the law. Out of the 94 killed, 26 were from Isaan. Today, justice is still waiting to be served, writes Wirawat Somnuek.
The short story “The Northeast” by Isaan writer Tee Anmai links memories of war with the deadly crackdown on protesters in April-May 2010.
Ten years after the bloody crackdown on protesters in April-May 2010, the traumatic events are still haunting families of those killed, injured or locked away, and all the others who had watched from afar in disbelief. The Isaan Record revisits the event and its aftermath through a series of articles, interviews, short stories and videos.
The Isaan Record01/05/2020
Prominent political activist and founder of the satirical Kian Party Sombat Boonngamanong talks about his live after the military coup in 2014 and the fate of the Red Shirt movement.
The Isaan Record24/02/2020
The military-dominated government has enjoyed a free ride so far, running roughshod over people’s rights and issuing threats when challenged. But last month, the regime got a wake-up call. Saowanee T. Alexander reflects on the Run Against Dictatorship events that erupted throughout the Northeast last month.
Saowanee T. Alexander11/02/2020
Like many Red Shirts in the Northeast, Sabina Shah expected the election to stir the country towards democracy. But as political parties made only lackluster use of the old red shirt network, she found her infamous radio voice suppressed. Today, she wonders if the Red Shirts will ever see the return to glory they have been waiting for.
The Isaan Record07/05/2019
Since the coup in 2014, farmer and red shirt groups in the North and Northeast were effectively silenced. But local red shirt leaders hope to revive their movement after the election.
The Isaan Record22/03/2019
For the first time since the 2014 military overthrow of the government they had helped to vote into power, followers of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), or the Red Shirts, gathered to call for democracy and show support for the Pheu Chat Party.