An estimated 45,000 red shirt supporters gathered peacefully in central Bangkok yesterday to commemorate the events of 2010. Buddhist ceremonies took place to remember those who died or were injured in the violence that rocked Bangkok two years ago.
It was May 19, 2010 when the Thai military finally brought a dramatic end to the street protests which were aimed at bringing down the Abhisit government. At least 93 people died in the violence in 2010. The intervening period has seen an election with a pro-red shirt government led by Yingluck Shinawatra now in power. Yingluck is the younger sister of the man widely viewed as the de-facto leader of the red shirts, Thaksin Shinawatra. Living abroad in self-imposed exile, Thaksin addressed the crowds of red shirts via video link and spoke about the need for national reconciliation in Thailand.