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Reds Return

Video journalist David O’Shea reports from the first protest by the Thai Red Shirts since the violent clashes and deaths in Bangkok in April and May.

It comes after an emergency decree to stop them was lifted in parts of the country, meaning their campaign in support of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra can continue.

But why are Shinawatra’s supporters having to raise money for the multi-billionaire’s campaign?

David also meets a leading commentator, who talks of a country divided between the Red Shirts and royalist Yellow Shirts, and the dangers of taking sides.

Plus there’s the uncertainty over the ill health of the country’s elderly King Bhumibol Adulyadej, with strict laws limiting discussion of royal issues.

WATCH - View David’s report on the turbulence in Thailand.

EXTRA
- Get the latest travel advice from the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade about visiting Thailand.

REPLAY - Watch Ginny Stein's March 2010 report for Dateline about the political uncertainty surrounding The Red Tide of protests.

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On air: 19th September 2010

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