The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), also known as the Red Shirts, is the biggest pro-democracy movement in Thailand’s history. We are social activists who believe that the people of Thailand deserve a political and judicial system that ensures their universal human rights and justice.
Most Red Shirts are ordinary working class Thais. They include unregistered laborers, farmers the poor and those who don’t qualify for any kind of welfare or pension. Red Shirts also include middle class entrepreneurs and salaried employees in industries and other services. While it is difficult to give an exact figure the total number of Red Shirts are almost certainly in their millions whilst their supporters are in their tens of millions.
The Red Shirts roots are in the various groups who protested against Thailand’s recent military Coup, such as the Federation for Democracy back in 1992, the Saturday Voice Against Dictatorship, 19th September Group, PTV Group and Ex-Thai Rak Thai members. These groups protested against the Military Coup of 19 September 2006 and have gradually grown from small gatherings to large protests. The Red color was first adopted in 2007 as a symbol against the 2007 constitution which was drafted by the 2006 coup makers.