Over 1,500 community leaders from the greater Bangkok area gathered yesterday at UDD headquarters for the launch of the organisation’s first political school event of the year. The free course, which lasted from 9am till 6pm, gave participants the opportunity to hear from prominent Red Shirt figures as well as exchange ideas and strategies among themselves. The topics covered included: the key principles and duties of the Red Shirt movement; its history and relationship with the Thai establishment; as well as Thailand’s path to truth, justice, and reconciliation.
The core message of the day was best expressed by Secretary General Nattawut Saikua, who said to the gathered participants,
We must be patient. Ours struggle is decades old, and our victory will be felt by the generations to come.
His call for patience echoes similar statements made by UDD leader Tida and others last week after violent provocations by Yellow Shirts outside the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) offices on Tuesday.