On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, Mr. Thanawut Vichaidit, showed his appreciation to the Red Shirts supporters that joined the rally last Sunday at the press conference of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD). Although the main rally went by without any major incidents, unfortunately, two Red Shirts supporters had died.
An elderly women who was later identified as Mrs Khaikee Wongrasri, died of a heart attack just before the rally began in front of Wat Phrathum Wanaram. Another supporter who was later identified as Mr. Supharp Gumchart, died from a car accident while traveling to the rally. We would like to show our deepest condolence to the family of the deceased and we would like to show our sincere gratitude for their undying support for our cause.
Mr. Thanawut also positively comment on the diversity within the Red Shirts which was evidenced in the number of five different stages that were set up all around the main UDD stage which all together comprised of more than 100,000 supporters.
Follow up from Mr. Thanawut, Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth introduced a VTR called “Shooting birds in a cage” displaying the military operation on the crackdown of the Red Shirts supporters in 2010. This VCR was based on an article called “7 lessons learned from the area reclaim operation in Rachaprasong intersection 14-19 May 2010”. The article was published by the Educational Department of the army in a military journal called “Say-Na-Tip-Put” volume 59, dated April-December 2010. The VTR was supposed to be projected at the May 19th event but was cancelled at the last minute due to lack of time.
After the VTR showing, Dr. Weng Tojilakarn also introduced new photographic evidences relating to the burning down of Central World department store. The series of photographs show an unidentified group of assailants who were visible on the 8th floor around 2 p.m. after the Red Shirts had called off the rally which effectively left the building under the control of the military. The photographs will be presented to the police for further investigation.