11 Mar '11, 2am

Arab revolts galvanise Thai 'Red Shirts'

BANGKOK: Popular uprisings in the Middle East have galvanised Thailand's anti-government "Red Shirts", one of their leaders says, as the movement gears up for a major rally in Bangkok this weekend. "The wind of change that's blowing through the Arab world is re-energising the Red Shirts who are still hurting and tired from fighting last time. But the fight will go on," Nattawut Saikuar, who was among those leaders recently freed on bail, told AFP in an interview. The release on bail of seven senior Red figures after nine months in prison is also expected to re-invigorate the opposition movement, which was behind two months of demonstrations last year in Bangkok that turned deadly. Tens of thousands of Red Shirts have joined a series of peaceful gatherings in the capital recently and even more are expected to turn out on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the start o...

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