It should not be surprising that the demand for amnesty for jailed red-shirt protesters has been given the cold shoulder by both the government and the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, because the government's political stability is deemed more important than the plight of the prisoners.
The imprisoned red-shirts, who were involved in the anti-government protests in April-May 2010, may not have heard what Kwanchai Praipana, a key red-shirt leader in Udon Thani, said about the rally organised on Tuesday this week by the January 29 group, a small red-shirt faction, at the Royal Plaza to demand amnesty for "political prisoners".
“They (January 29 group) should not be too self-centred. Why can’t they wait until we have won the Bangkok governor election? Only then, they should submit their proposed amnesty plan,” Mr Kwanchai was quoted as saying one day after the group’s rally, which drew about 1,000 participants.