John Le Fevre’s 2010 FCCT photo competition entries

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These are my entries for the The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand and OnAsia Fourth Annual FCCT Photo Contest.

It was only after entries had closed and judging finalised that the FCCT announced that it had decided to exclude all images from the protests.

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Category: Human rights single image

 

To demonstrate their willingness to spill their own blood to achieve political reform, thousands of red-shirt protesters donated blood that was later to be spilled at the gates of the parliament, amongst them this 11-year-old boy, a symbolism of the political awakening and empowerment of the rural and lower socio-economic sectors of the Thai population
To demonstrate their willingness to spill their own blood to achieve political reform, thousands of red-shirt protesters donated blood that was later to be spilled at the gates of the Parliament, amongst them this 11-year-old boy, a symbolism of the political awakening and empowerment of the rural and lower socio-economic sectors of the Thai population

 

 

Title: Too young to bleed
Subject: Red-shirt protests Bangkok
Location: Phan Fa Lilat Bridge, Bangkok
Date: April 16, 2010, 8.19am

 

 

 

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Category: Spot News single image

 

Red-Shirt Rally Bangkok May 19, 2010
The assault against red-shirt protesters was alleged to have been led by these so-called Special Forces troops. The long fingernails on this soldier challenge the claim that Royal Thai Army troops led the assault.

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Long-nailed special forces troops?
Location: Ratchadamri Rd., near Sarasin Rd., Bangkok
Date: May 19, 2010, 1.24pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Red-Shirt Rally Bangkok April 22, 2010
A leader of the rioting yellow-/multi-colored shirts group intimidates a Thai police officer in clashes on Silom Rd. at Rama IV Rd on April 22

 

 

 

Title: Yellow-/multi-colored shirt protesters intimidate Thai police in Silom Rd.
Location: Rama IV and Silom Rd.’s Bangkok
Date: April 22, 2010, 10.50pm

 

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Stress, concern and urgency are displayed on the faces of first-aid workers evacuating a wounded red-shirt protester
Stress, concern and urgency are displayed on the faces of first-aid workers evacuating a wounded red-shirt protester

 

 

Title: Thai Army assault on red-shirt protesters
Location: Ratchadamri Rd., near Sarasin Rd., Bangkok
Date: May 19, 2010, 1.24pm

 

 

 

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Red-Shirt Rally Bangkok May 19, 2010
A Thai flag flutters in front of the abandoned red-shirt protesters Ratchaprasong stage, symbolizing the strength and resolve of the nation to re-build, and go forward, while also demonstrating the patriotism of the red-shirt protesters, the distance to the stage a symbol of the gap between the two different sides of the conflict.

 

 

 

Title: After the crackdown
Location: Ratchadamri and Sukhumvit Rd’s, Bangkok
Date: May 19, 2010, 5.18pm

 

 

 

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Red-Shirt Rally Bangkok May 19, 2010
After 45-days occupying the heart of the Bangkok shopping and business district and 65-days of protests, the lights finally dimmed on the red-shirt protest stage at Ratchaprasong, the abandoned paraphernalia evidence of the hasty evacuation

 

 

 

Title: The end
Location: Ratchadamri and Sukhumvit Rd’s, Bangkok
Date: May 19, 2010, 7.07pm

 

 

 

 

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Category: Human rights photo essay entry #1

 

Subject: The act of a government deliberately ordering the deaths of its own unarmed citizens is termed democide. The act of killing unarmed people is murder. International treaties and conventions provide protection for medical personnel and those evacuating the wounded.

In Bangkok on May 19, 2010 the only rule was that there was no rules. Human rights and the rights of ordinary citizens were cast aside as the Thailand government sought to bring an end to an anti-government protest that had proved more resilient, better supported, funded and managed, and more determined than it had planned for, causing it widespread regional and global embarrassment.

 

 

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