[Note: CPT-Philippines authorized CPTer Rey Lopez to travel to Thailand as a peace observer and document how the historic Red Shirts nonviolent movement is playing out in Bangkok.]
April 4, 2010
I am not alone as a farang (foreigner) walking with the Red Shirts. There are a lot of tourists joining in â€¦There are also a lot of Thais residing in the States joining the demonstration. A Thai Red Shirt in the California diaspora was interviewed this morning on the central stage.â€¦
The Thai Red Shirts are ordinary people from the rural areas who are now demanding in a nonviolent way to take part in the Thai banquet table of economic prosperity. They are not aâ€¦ â€śred mobâ€ť as the mainline Thai papers called them but a well-disciplined non-violent army demanding no less than real Thai democracy, including having their fair share of the Thai prosperity. More important is the spirit of nonviolence, which seems to be taking firm hold of the Red Shirtsâ€™ mass membership.