Raising a Red Flag in Thailand


Passions that ran high before the May 19 military crackdown have yet to cool

Dabbing a ball of sticky rice into a fiery green-papaya salad, the lady in red blinks back tears. The waterworks aren't from the chilies that give the food of Isaan, Thailand's rural and impoverished northeast, its signature kick. "I am mourning my fellow protesters who were killed by the government like vegetables and fish," says the 50-something native of Chiang Yuen district, referring to the six weeks of battles in Bangkok between Red Shirt demonstrators and security forces that claimed 85 lives in Thailand's worst political violence in decades. "Watch out," she says, issuing a warning that belies her...

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