Anon Nampha and the campaign to reform the monarchy

The Isaan Record’s Hathairat Phaholtap conducts an exclusive interview with activist and lawyer, Anon Nampha.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (14) – Burning for democracy

He was a Red Shirt teenager. In May 2010, he threw a molotov cocktail, contributing to the burning down the Udon Thani provincial hall. He served six years for his crime. Though disappointed with the movement, he still believes democracy is worth fighting for.

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 (8) – Not all cages exist behind bars: A political prisoner’s life after release

Somsak Prasansap is one of many who say they were wrongfully convicted for the burning of provincial halls in Isaan in May 2010. Since his release, the 59-year-old is struggling to stitch his life back together.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (7) – Letters from political prisoners

For over nine years Teerapon Anmai and his academic friends who set up a fund to help the families of political prisoners have been receiving letters from prisoners detailing their hardships and sharing their thoughts.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (6) – No port in a storm: a political prisoner’s life

What happened to those persecuted for the burnings of provincial halls in Isaan in May 2010? We talked to Somsak Prasansap whose life fell apart after he was arrested and charged with arson of the Udon Thani provincial hall.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (5) – Recollections of a reporter : Bloody April – May 2010

“I can still remember that heavy smell of blood wafting through the air, as the dead bodies of the protesters were being piled together up on the UDD stage, together with the weapons they managed to prise from the hands of soldiers. I can’t forget it,” writes a news reporter who covered the bloody events of April-May 2010.

Isaan youth activism rises in wake of Future Forward dissolution

A wave of protests by university students and young activists is sweeping across the Northeast in reaction to the dissolution of the Future Forward Party.