Red Shirt Museum: 7 Days, 7 Pains of the People


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Above: Messages of defiance around a photo of detained monks.

Pheu Thai Party exhibition lauding the Red Shirts for resisting the military: "7 Days, 7 Pains of the People" - July 24, 2010

[This is an interesting recasting of the recent riots. Like the Robert Amsterdam white paper, the Red Shirts are portrayed as being unfairly oppressed by a government that relishes killing innocents. The existence of simple weapons by the Red Shirts is acknowledged as a necessity in a David vs Goliath battle against armed soldiers.

The other fascinating and unique feature is the total absence of any mention of Thaksin. As all Thai movements seek to rally around and glorify "big" personalities, this choice must be deliberate.

The key overall point of interest here is the apparent embracing of the Red Shirt cause by the Pheu Thai Party. In the past, the Pheu Thai has been eager to benefit politically from Red Shirt sacrifices, but has had mixed feelings about being seen as too close to the cause or following Red Shirt leaders. At times Thaksin has demanded that Pheu Thai politicians lead the Red Shirts, while other times the Pheu Thai seem to be veering out of Thaksin's control. How this exhibit fits into the Pheu Thai/Red Shirt relationship or if it has any significance at all is unclear.]


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Above: "War weapons" exhibit to contrast with the bamboo barricades, smoke bombs, and slingshots that the Red Shirts are claimed to have used.



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Above: Witness explaining the allegedly random and purposeful shooting of innocent people by the government.

 


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Above: Mannequin dressed to be a Red Shirt guard shooting a slingshot at military snipers. The shirt reads: Peasant.

 


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Above: The sign reads: Taking the one who ordered killing people to be under punishment—Abhisit—Democrat—must take responsibility—The network of Dark April group for Democracy


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Above: Photo of a nurse allegedly killed by snipers.


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Above: The sign reads: Blood of the people - A symbolic sign for Democracy


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Above: Bullet casing are arranged to read: We are Thai - Why do you kill?


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Above: Smoke comes out of a mockup of the Red Shirt barricades.


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Above: The infamous "Life Firing Zone" sign put up by the military.


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Above: Pointing out the alleged graft that permeates government programs. The sign reads: The Bio-diesel producing machine for the self-sufficiency project - The price of 450,000 - The market price is 150,000 baht.


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Above: Mockup of the army snipers on the Skytrain tracks above Pathumwanaram Temple.


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Above: Another easy target for the opposition. Land ownership irregularities. The sign reads: Koh Samui district - Sor-Por-Kor 4-01 part 2


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Above: The sign in the background reads: Stop protecting the cheater

 


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Above: The sign reads: The truth... will appear... Who? torched the city... the covered face... or... ? The soldiers controlled the area 100%. Who? Staged the torching... covered up!!
[However, elsewhere in the exhibit, gas canisters are justified as means to maintain control of the protest area.]



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Above: The words in the background read: Tools to ask for the return of the life space [meaning something like "these implements are justified to prevent seizure of their Red zone by the military." Note the gas canister on the left.]


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Above: Another view of a Red Guard wielding a slingshot. His shirt reads: Peasant

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One Response to Red Shirt Museum: 7 Days, 7 Pains of the People

  1. ****! says:

    Another fine mess the elite got us into – yet another complete dead-end in Thai politics!

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