At the UDD’s weekly press conference last Wednesday, Red Shirt leaders expressed their strong support for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s speech in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on April 29th. In her address to the Conference of the Community of Democracies, PM Yingluck explained how the military coup of 2006 and the mechanisms put in place by the 2007 Constitution have severely handicapped Thai democracy. She also praised the Red Shirts who gathered in April-May 2010 as fighters for democracy.
UDD leader Tida Tawornseth said,
The timing, the place, and the speaker were all perfect. The speaker was perfect because it was the Prime Minister who made the speech as the representative of the people. The speech was also perfectly suited for a democracy forum…What she said was the truth and the whole world knows it!
PM Yingluck’s speech also invigorated a small 3-week long Red Shirt protest that has been taking placing outside the Constitutional Court and is expected to climax in a much larger demonstration on Wednesday, May 8th. The group is calling for the resignation of Constitutional Court judges after they agreed to consider yet another petition on the constitutionality of the charter amendments that are currently being debated by parliament. In so doing, the protesters believe that the Court is impeding the legislative branch from performing its functions and thereby violating the separation of powers principal.