For five days in April 2009 the “red shirt” pro-democracy movement under the umbrella of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) besieged Thailand’s Government House demanding the resignation of Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
An estimated 150,000 people attended the so-termed D-Day mass rally and over the the next five days the gatherings were still attracting large crowds. On the fifth day the situation deteriorated with increasing levels of violence as the red shirts grabbed control of areas outside of the protest area.
On the sixth day the violence inexplicably increased until protesters were battling the Thai army on the streets of Bangkok . This is a compilation documenting those days.
© John Le Fevre, 2009
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