“The Bangkok Tragedy” refers to the government-backed massacre of members of the red shirt movement, when a military crackdown on protesters from May 10 to May 19, 2010, resulted in at least 94 deaths.
After the 2010 violent crackdown, the redshirt movement was diminished. Following the 2014 coup d’etat, they were hunted down. However, in the latest student demonstrations, the red shirts in several provinces have made a comeback, fully proclaiming themselves a part of this current resistance for democracy.
At political rallies, Thanawit Sepsuk or “Nick Sarakham,” who is also known as “Nattawut 2,” speaks about the problems faced by people at the grassroots after he was inspired by the red-shirt protests he had attended with his parents as a child. “People at the grassroots have been seen merely as a base of resources that the central government can take away.”