Chiang Mai reds’ strange concept of democracy – Bangkok Post, May 17, 2013
…Rak Chiang Mai 51 means business for anyone who dares to challenge them. Not even the police want to have trouble with them. The following are some examples of the group’s infamous track record, which may have slipped the memory of most people in Bangkok and elsewhere – but not in Chiang Mai.
In 2008, the group raided a community radio station of the People’s Alliance for Democracy and clashed with PAD supporters. The father of the owner of the station was beaten to death.
On Jan 23, 2009, the red-shirts raided a monastery of the Santi Asoke sect in Chiang Mai on the thinly-veiled pretext of searching for illegal material. Simultaneously, in nearby Lampang, a few hundred red-shirts entered the Regent Resort hotel to look for Chaiwat Sinsuwong, a PAD leader, who was reported to be chairing a seminar there.
In February 2009, the group used force and intimidation to break up the Gay Pride parade to highlight the HIV/Aids problem in the northern capital on the ridiculous grounds that the parade would ruin the tourism industry there.
In July 2009, the group laid siege to Wiang Ping hospital, where then public health minister Wittaya Kaewparadai was visiting it. The minister had to flee through the back door…
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