I happened to find myself in the middle of a red-shirt gathering at the Democracy Monument on Sunday. It was Oct 14, and the people in red were celebrating an historic event associated with our nation's democracy _ the student-led uprising in 1973 against Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn and his clan.
It was my first encounter with the people in red in the flesh. The whole area was red, with banners and vendors selling red-shirt stuff like T-shirts and caps that were going like hot cakes.
Like many political gatherings, the leaders on stage kept shouting into the microphone non-stop to keep the event brisk and lively even though not many people seemed to be listening. Their main message was only to be expected _ a blasting of the military and dictatorship repeated again and again.
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