Thousands of the red-clad United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) members on Sept. 18 gathered at the Democracy Monument in capital Bangkok city to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 19, 2006 coup.

Some 1,300 policemen from Bangkok Metropolitan Police and related authorities were deployed around the rally site from 3 pm of Sept. 18 since early morning of the next day.

The “Bangkok Post” the same day quoted Thanet Abhornsuvan, a former Thammasat University history professor as saying public opinion has turned strongly against the 2006 coup in the five years since it was held.

"Anti-coup sentiment has never been as strong," said Thanet Abhornsuvan.

In another happening, in a document sent to the new Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Sept. 16, the Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand, which was set up by the previous government in 2010 after the worst political violence in decades, urged the country to halt and review all trials connected to political conflict since before a 2006 coup.

According to observers, the commission’s opinion may directly affect the fate of a number of people of the “yellow-shirts”, but would work in the “red-shirts”’ favour./.