Pheu Thai Party rallies in Nakhon Ratchasima – a photo essay

Originally published at Siam Voices on July 1, 2011

On June 29, 2011 – the last week before the election – the leader and prime minister candidate of the opposition Pheu Thai Party, Yingluck Shinawatra was on a campaign tour through the north-eastern part of the country, also known as Isaan. Stations include Ubon Ratchathani and Si Saket. The last station of her swing through Isaan was in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat). Before her arrival, the supporters waiting in front of the city hall were warmed up by red shirt leader and MP candidate Nattawut Saikua. With a small delay, Yingluck arrived at the stage and was greeted by the ecstatic cheers of estimated 6,000 supporters.

A member of the opposition Pheu Thai Party rallies the crowd at a campaign rally in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on June 29, 2011. (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut/IHA)
Kwanchai Praiphana, one of the red shirt leaders, waiting backstage at a campaign rally in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on June 29, 2011. (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut/IHA)
Nattawut Saikua, red shirt leader and MP candidate, addresses the crowd at a Pheu Thai Party campaign rally in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on June 29, 2011. (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut/IHA)
Nattawut Saikua, red shirt leader and MP candidate, addresses the crowd at a Pheu Thai Party campaign rally in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on June 29, 2011. (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut/IHA)
Supporters of the opposition Pheu Thai Party cheer at a campaign rally in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on June 29, 2011. (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut/IHA)
Nattawut Saikua, red shirt leader and MP candidate, addresses the crowd at a Pheu Thai Party campaign rally in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on June 29, 2011. (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut/IHA)
A local member of the opposition Pheu Thai Party cheers at the crowd at a campaign rally in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on June 29, 2011. (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut/IHA)
Pheu Thai Party leader and prime minister candidate Yingluck Shinawatra arrives at a campaign rally in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on June 29, 2011. (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut/IHA)
Pheu Thai Party leader and prime minister candidate Yingluck Shinawatra greets the crowd at a campaign rally in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on June 29, 2011. (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut/IHA)
Pheu Thai Party leader and prime minister candidate Yingluck Shinawatra addresses the crowd at a campaign rally in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on June 29, 2011. (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut/IHA)
The crowd cheers at Pheu Thai Party leader and prime minister candidate Yingluck Shinawatra at a campaign rally in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on June 29, 2011. (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut/IHA)
Pheu Thai Party leader and prime minister candidate Yingluck Shinawatra addresses the crowd at a campaign rally in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on June 29, 2011. (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut/IHA)
A supporter of the opposition Pheu Thai Party cheers at a campaign rally in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on June 29, 2011. (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut/IHA)
Pheu Thai Party leader and prime minister candidate Yingluck Shinawatra addresses the crowd at a campaign rally in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on June 29, 2011. (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut/IHA)

Saksith Saiyasombut is a Thai blogger and journalist currently based in Bangkok. He can be followed on Twitter @Saksith.

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