Source: Green Left Weekly
On September 19, the third anniversary of the military coup that wrecked Thai democracy, two demonstrations took place.They sum up the two faces of Thailand.
One demonstration, by tens of thousands of “Red Shirts” in Bangkok, was organised in order to continue the demand for full democracy. It was a peaceful and friendly demonstration.
Yet the military-backed Democrat Party government, headed by Abhisit Vejjajiva, declared a state of emergency and lined up thousands of police and soldiers to deal with the demonstrators.