Reconciliation between the Thai Government and Red Shirts

For the first time in months there seems to be an end to the ongoing political protests that have plagued the city of Bangkok. The leaders of the red shirt protesters have agreed to a 5 point “Roadmap to Peace” offered by the Thai government to end their political protests.

“Red Shirt leaders unanimously agree to join, and welcome, the reconciliation roadmap proposed by the prime minister to prevent further loss of life,” protest leader Veera Musikapong announced from the rally stage.

What prompted the sudden change from the leadership of the protesters is unknown but the protesters have been battling a slew of bad press recently after some members stormed the Chulalongkorn Hospital looking for Thai Army snipers.

Images of terrified patients being wheeled out to waiting ambulances by the hospital staff were broadcast around the world and greatly strained any support that the protesters may have had from the citizens of Bangkok.

And after months of sleeping on the streets of Bangkok many of the protesters are getting tired of the lack of progress and with the upcoming rainy season many have gone home to tend to their crops.

The leaders of the red protests perhaps sensing that their power waning with their dwindling numbers have agreed to the election date of November 14 but have vowed to stay in Bangkok until Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has dissolved parliament.

Both sides have now entered into negotiations that many are hoping will produce a quick end to the current protests. What still remains to be seen however is will either side respect the results of the elections? Unless both sides agree to respect the results of the elections come November Thailand might find itself in the exact same position that it is now.

2 thoughts on “Reconciliation between the Thai Government and Red Shirts”

  1. You changed the shirt?

    Regarding a hospital incident, it was bungled by the reds, but I think the whole “wheeling out patients” show was done for propaganda value much more than for patient safety. I doubt reds truly put patients at risk, the move was probably more risky…

    Chulalongkorn is the hospital that refused to treat the injured police in 2008 (contrary to medical ethics), so I doubt the hospital leaders would flinch at hurting a few patients to achieve a huge propaganda victory.

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