The story told in history books of what happened in May 2010 will depend, at least temporarily, on who wins the general election campaign launched this week.
A Thai anti-government 'red shirt' protester throws wood onto a fire on a major Bangkok street during clashes May 17, 2010.
Anti-government 'red shirt' supporters were detained after their encampment was penetrated by soldiers in Bangkok on May 19, 2010.
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Detainees lie on the ground during an operation to evict anti-government 'red shirt' protesters from their encampment in Bangkok on May 19, 2010.
An anti-government protester uses a slingshot against Thai soldiers May 18, 2010 in Bangkok.
A Thai demonstrator uses a slingshot to launch a firecracker towards army positions in downtown Bangkok on May 18, 2010.
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A Thai soldier peeps through sandbags at a barricade on Rama IV Road in Bangkok on May 18, 2010.
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