Remembrances of Red Trauma (29) – Are we what we remember?

In this final part of our series on the tenth anniversary of the political violence of 2010 and its aftermath, we want to capture some of the comments and feedback we received from readers and contributors.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (28) – No democracy without justice

Niran Pitakwatchara, a former human rights commissioner, talks about the implications of the violence in 2010 for the country’s democracy and calls for “the perpetrators to be brought to justice, so as to deter repeat offenders.”

Remembrances of Red Trauma (27) – Crisis of power in a country moving backwards

Reflecting on the violence in 2010, former National Human Rights Commissioner Niran Phitakwachara calls Thailand’s political system outdated as power is monopolized in the hands of the military and a small elite.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (25) – Lessons from 2010: History doesn’t repeat itself

Political scientist Chaiyan Rajchagool reflects on some of the lessons of the struggle of the Red Shirts and the fatal crackdown in 2010. [VIDEO]

Remembrances of Red Trauma (24) – Rebuilding shattered dreams of democracy

The bloody crackdown on protesters in 2010 is seared into the mind of Thanat Thammakaew. For the writer, known by his pen name Phu Kradat, the traumatic events became a political awakening and a source of inspiration for his writing.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (23) – Lessons of the defeat of the Red Shirts

“Back in 2010, I thought the protests were taking us close to a change towards a democratic system, where everyone would be under the constitution.” “But it didn’t turn out like that. We lost. We failed,” says Thanat Thammakaew, who is known by his pen name Phu Kradat. The prolific Isaan writer reflects on the Red Shirt movement.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (22) – The forgotten art of the Red Shirts

Artistic expression had an undisputed place in the Red Shirt movement. But little of the art of the Red Shirts has been preserved. Not only because it was destroyed by the 2010 crackdown, but also because it wasn’t seen as art in the first place, says art critic and curator Thanom Chapakdee.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (15) – The Isaan people killed in the April – May 2010 clashes

The clashes of April-May 2010 in Bangkok left at least 94 people dead. Of those killed, 36 people had home addresses in the Northeast. The Isaan Record has put together an infographic map showing who these people were and how they died.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (13) – Lessons from the 2010 crackdown

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the crackdown on the Red Shirt protests in May 2010, and as part of the special series “Remembrances of Red Trauma,” The Isaan Record held an online panel discussion last week.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (12) – The specter of the “men in black” continues to haunt

Ten years after the violent clashes in April-May 2010, the role of the so-called “men in black” remains shrouded in doubt. Five suspects have been fighting cases in the courts since 2014. This is the story of two of the defendants who continue to maintain their innocence.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (10) – On calling the Red Shirts “Red Buffaloes”

Linguist Saowanee T. Alexander talks about the evolution of the term “red buffaloes” that has been used to insult Red Shirts and supporters of Pheu Thai Party. But many now have reclaimed the term to describe themselves, partly shifting its derogatory meaning.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (9) – Awakened in May 2010

“Awakened” is a graphic novel by Claudio Sopranzetti telling the story of Nok, a manual laborer with a yearning for true democracy and rights. In the end, Nok was defeated by a single bullet in the May 2010 clashes. Though the bullet blinded him, it is not clear whether he also lost sight of his ideals.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (4) – The lingering violence of Bloody May 2010

Ten years have passed since the killings of Bloody May, yet those responsible are still walking free and blameless in the eyes of the law. Out of the 94 killed, 26 were from Isaan. Today, justice is still waiting to be served, writes Wirawat Somnuek.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (3) – The Northeast

The short story “The Northeast” by Isaan writer Tee Anmai links memories of war with the deadly crackdown on protesters in April-May 2010.