BANGKOK UNHINGED | STREET WARFARE

May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.

May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.

A Government soldiers points to a sniper position as he takes incoming fire. These images in some ways are telling of a society once reputed for its spirit of compromise, conciliation and tolerance, being acutely divided – politically. During the month of May 2010, I documented the Red Shirts (or, in more formal terms, the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship) protests. The Redshirts protests were inspired by demands for an end to the then government and resignation of the Democrat party leader, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva that they considered to be an illegal government. This dissatisfaction of the Democrat Government was further extended by a wide range of economic and social discontent harbored by the Redshirts. The Redshirts protests slowly evolved into a deadly and bloody street warfare culminating with scores being killed, iconic buildings burned, and thousands left severely injured and traumatized. With the fighting now in cessation in the wake of a successful crackdown by the Thai Government the question beckons will the Redshirts political agendas and claims simply melt away?

May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.

May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.

May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.

May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.

May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.

May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.
May 2010: Thailand’s Bloodiest Month.