End the dictatorship - Power to the working people !

Bangkok 10 April 2010 - For the 5th time in forty years the Thai government has used the military to suppress popular discontent against the entrenched inequality and corruption of Thai society.

A large demonstration by the Red Shirts movement, was attacked by the army.
There are 19 confirmed deaths, hundreds are injured. The demonstrations are continuing.

The Red Shirts movement was formed after the military overthrow of the democratically elected Thaksin Shinawatra government in 2008. They were originally formed to call for the re-instatement of Premier Thaksin, but over the last  two years they have developed into a broader political movement that is calling into question the role of the Monarchy, the military and the power elites in Thailand. In a month of continual demonstrations in Bangkok, the Red Shirts have mobilised workers and peasants with demands for greater political democracy and economic justice.

We wish to extend our condolences to the families, friends and comrades of the people who have been killed in Bangkok.

AAWL asks all workers in the region to support democratic rights activists and the workers movement in Thailand. We demand that the army stop their attacks on democratic rights activistst. We support the call for the resignation of the military-backed government of Abhisit Vejjajiva.

End the dictatorship - Power to the working people !

Please send to your solidarity message to exiled labour activist Giles Ji Ungpakorn here
News udates available from the Giles Ji Ungpakorn website here

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