Chiang Mai's red shirts, known as the Rak Chiang Mai 51, have once again lived up to their infamous reputation for being the street enforcer dedicated to protecting the northern city's most well-known son, Thaksin Shinawatra, and the government.
Hence, they cannot tolerate any protests against the government held in Chiang Mai. Last Friday, about 100 Rak Chiang Mai red shirts faced off against about 50 anti-government white-mask protesters in front of a convenience store on Nimmanhaemin soi 13.
As always, the Rak Chiang Mai red shirts started to provoke the protesters wearing white Guy Fawkes masks, hurling abuse and garbage at them, causing the gathering to degenerate into fisticuffs. Outnumbered, the masked protesters retreated. There were no serious injuries among the two groups.
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