Red Shirts warn new Thai government they want justice

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 07, 2011 5:14 AM
Red Shirts warn new Thai government they want justice

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Support by the red shirt protest movement that rallied behind Thai Prime minister-elect Yingluck Shinawatra, helping her win elections by a landslide, could splinter if demands for justice over deadly protests last year are not met, its leader said.

The red shirts, whose protests paralyzed Bangkok last year and sparked a bloody military crackdown that ended with 91 people killed and nearly 2,000 wounded, want a thorough investigation into the army's role in civilian deaths, the movement's chairwoman, Thida Thaworseth, told Reuters.

That is one of several demands threatening to open fissures in the support base of Yingluck, whose Puea Thai (For Thais) party swept Sunday's parliamentary elections on the back of support from the urban and rural poor, especially in the vote-rich northeast.

(Reporting by Chalathip Thirasoont. Writing by Michael Perry. Editing by Jason Szep)