Thailand's 'red shirts' have a strong base, analysts say the parliamentary election may hinge on the mood among nonpartisan voters, as well as local dynamics.
Thousands of opposition supporters in their trademark red shirts rallied Thursday in the Thai capital to mark the anniversary of a military crackdown on chaotic protests that left 92 dead. The rally was among the largest held in recent months and comes as Thai political parties kick off their campaigns for closely watched parliamentary elections on July 3.
While hundreds of demonstrators were detained in the aftermath of last year's protests, legal investigations into the killings have stalled and no state official has faced charges for their role in the worst political violence in a generation here.
Thursday's rally took place at a downtown junction that was occupied for several weeks last year in a failed bid to force snap elections. Supporters lit candles to commemorate their dead, while relatives of those slain held aloft gilt-framed photos of their loved ones. A banner draped over an elevated train platform above the stage read "Peaceful Protesters, Not Terrorists."
“I want to fight for the people who died,” says Chalermkiat Aramvibul, a high-school student who joined his parents at the rally.