Thailand: Red Shirts Shut Down the ASEAN Summit

In Pattaya, Thailand on Friday, demonstrators — members of the National United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), aka Red Shirts — broke the police cordon around the hotel where the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit was to be held, demanding the resignation of the illegitimate government.  The Thai government responded by declaring a state of emergency in Pattaya.  The summit was canceled.

Demonstrators Break ASEAN Summit Police Cordon

Thai Protest Leader Speaks Out

Cf. Giles Ji Ungpakorn, “Class War for Democracy in Thailand” (Economic & Political Weekly 44.12, 21-27 March 2009).