On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, Thanawut Vichaidit addresed Red Shirt supporters at the press conference of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), reminding them of the importance of the event to be held on May 19. He urged them to show up at the rally en masse to commemorate the heroes of democracy, victims of violent state suppressive acts and to show those who committed these acts that their crimes are not easily forgotten.
At the event, there will be several exhibitions in honor of those who died, especially exhibitions of photographic evidence of the military crackdown in the Rachaprasong area. There will also be speeches by various prominent UDD leaders.
At the press conference, UDD President Tida Thavonsate reiterated her support for the 312 members of Parliament, of both House and Senate, who had denounced the intervention of the Constitutional Court judges to block the amendment of the constitution. The parliamentarians believe that Section 291 of the Constitution is undemocratic and that members of the Senate should be elected and not appointed.