About The Redshirts
In early 2010, Bangkok was practically shut down by anti-government protestors belonging to the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD). They were colloquially known as Red Shirts. Fighting broke out between national security forces and the UDD protestors. Security forces used tear gas, armored personell carriers, and live ammunition to disperse the crowds. The Red Shirts also used firearms in their struggle, as well as moltow cocktails and catapults. In the lulls between the fighting, boredom is widespread — everyone is waiting for the next confrontation. In the meantime, both sides read, eat and nap.
Fierce clashes occurred for months in and around the blockades in downtown Bangkok.
About the uprising project
The Uprising project revolves around the right to protest and demonstrate. These happenings are commonly portrayed as flare ups, especially if there is violence, and presented without the context of what lead to the outbreak and what happens during these demonstrations. Inside these uprisings, communities form between sometimes very diverse groups. We aim to show the story of people who sometimes risk their lives for their convictions — even if that means just being there and waiting.
- 68 days
- 3.000 arrested
- 2.100+ injured
- 87 killed