29 August 2011

19th to 19th

19-19 19-19

Two new books, 19-19 ภาพ ชีวิต และการต่อสู้ของคนเสื้อแดง จาก 19 กันยา 2549 ถึง 19 พฤษภา 2553 (‘pictures of the life and struggle of the red-shirts from 19th September 2006 to 19th May 2010’) and กรุงเทพฯ (ไม่) มีคนเสิ้อแดง: บันทึกการต่อสู้ของคนเสื้อแดงกรุงเทพฯ (‘Bangkok (no) red shirts: a record of the battle of the red-shirts in Bangkok’) both provide photographic records of the pro-democracy demonstrations in Bangkok from 19th September 2006 (the coup) to 19th May 2010 (the Ratchaprasong massacre). Both are published by left-leaning political journals: 19-19 is from Same Sky Books, and กรุงเทพฯ (ไม่) มีคนเสิ้อแดง is from Read Journal.

The red-shirt anti-coup movement gained momentum in 2007, with an organised campaign opposing the 2007 constitution. On the other hand, the cause was significantly set back in April 2009, when red-shirt groups started violent demonstrations in Din Daeng. Subsequent red-shirt protests near Democracy Monument in early 2010 were peaceful. Much of 19-19 is devoted to the extraordinary events of May 2010, when red-shirt demonstrators were massacred by the army; กรุงเทพฯ (ไม่) มีคนเสิ้อแดง, on the other hand, focuses more on the build-up to the massacre