Above: The banner behind the stage reads "19 August - Vote no"The TRT rally at Sanam Luang - 8:31pm, August 15, 2007
The crowd was a mixture of UDD (United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship - which is also the former PTV) and Thai Rak Thai. UDD booths and exhibits ringed the protest area. Up to this point TRT was careful to keep their activities clearly separate from the activities of UDD/PTV. It could be that with a few days left until a likely approval of the new constitution, it is no longer relevant to keep the groups separate.
The crowd was very large--seemingly composed almost exclusively of country people, most of who sat silently listening. The crowd was spread over nearly one third of Sanam Luang and was certainly more than 10,000. However, it was not as densely packed or numerous as the peak PTV rally on April 8.
Earlier: June 8, 2007 rally - June 15, 2007 rally - PTV rallies - High tension in Thailand
Right: Sticker being given away that reads "Head of rebels" - used to mean someone who betrays
Above: Ceramic dogs in a cage - Written on the dogs are various names: (left to right) Jaruvan (Jaruvan Maintaka, auditor-general, long the target of removal efforts by TRT), coup d'etat Bad Party, Saprang (big dog in the middle, a favorite target for taunts from protestors over the last few months), Mark (the nickname of Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva), Sonthi, and Kaewsun (Assets Examination Committee secretary Kaewsun Atibodhi).
Above: Exhibit and shrine for Nuamthong Praiwal, the taxi driver who rammed his vehicle into a tank and later committed suicide in protest of the coup.
Above and below: Notice boards set up at Sanam Luang
Above to the left of the Sondhi photo: We want to ask where is the case of the bombing of nine places on New Years Eve that caused people to be injured and die?
The case of car bomb to assassinate Thaksin?
The case of charging Sondhi in about 100 cases?
What is going on for these cases?
Above on right above the Sondhi and Abhisit photo: Group that loves Thaksin
Network of Students for Democracy at Sanam Luang - 7:27pm, August 15, 2007
At the other end of Sanam Luang was a very sparsely attended rally by the "Network of Students for Democracy." The banner behind the stage reads "Network of Students for Democracy - Criticizing the 2007 constitution - Who gets an advantage?"
Young people walked among the people handing out leaflets like the one below.
Left: Potjaman: Must send "Lidia" to vote to accept the draft constitution. [Lidia is the girl singer and sometimes companion of Thaksin.]
Right: Thaksin: Oh, I sent the vote no already.
Love democracy, don't be misguided by money power.
Go to use the right to vote with transparency: 19 August 2007 8:00pm-16:00pm
From Network of Students for Democracy
- Election posters: Looking at you
- The last time a coup leader became PM after a return to democracy
- We really care about Thaksin
- Several parties, same owner
- Dictatorship or Democracy
- Election posters: End the economic crisis
- Election posters: Transparent democracy
- Election poster pollution
- Election posters: Pheu Thai’s heart is people
- Why do Thai people always smile?
- Election posters: Take action, be clear