RED SHIRT PROTESTS â€“ 2010, Thailand â€“ Anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok began March 12 with protests and demands for new elections. The protestors, known as â€śred shirtsâ€ť for the clothing they wear, are largely comprised of rural poor who support former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. On April 10, protests became violent when the Thai police attacked protesters, killing 23 and injuring hundreds. Violence escalated again May 13 after a Thai general, supporting the red shirts, was shot. Here, red shirt protesters wave a Thai national flag as they gather behind a barricade in Bangkok on April 21.