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 (26) – Crushing democracy: From Red Shirts to Future Forward Party

Political scientist Chaiyan Rajchagool reflects on how the ruling class have constructed a politico-military complex, and co-opted state institutions in a bid to keep democracy at bay.

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 (18) – Writing about atrocity, a challenge for Thai literature

Duanwad Pimwana, one of the most prominent voices in contemporary Thai literature, talks about the challenges Thai literature faces in dealing with the trauma of the April-May 2010 violence.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (17) – Killings in the capital, impossible to unremember

“It’s no small thing. If you know that people died at the hands of the state, if you know they were shot with bullets paid for with our taxes, it’s quite a different matter than being shot by a common robber,” says Dueanwad Phimwana, author and S.E.A. Write Award winner of 2003. [VIDEO]

Remembrances of Red Trauma (16) – To the Isaan people who died in Bangkok in 2010

The political violence of 2010 claimed the lives of at least 94 people. Out of that number, 36 were confirmed to be from Isaan. Adithep Chanthet takes a look at the lives of five of those killed, what took them to the capital, their economic backgrounds, and their political ideas.

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 (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 (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 (11) – A war of words: ‘red buffaloes’

Linguist Saowanee T. Alexander talks about the evolution of the term “red buffaloes” that had been used pejoratively to describe Red Shirts and supporters of the Pheu Thai Party. But in recent years, pro-democracy activists have reclaimed the slur, partly shifting its derogatory usage.

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.