Many people, the crowd at PPT included, have long awaited Democrat Party leader and former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva appearing before any official body to “testify” about the murderous events of April and May 2010. While we don’t expect him to be at all truthful, we think he should be scrutinized and made to explain his case.
On Monday he appears before the Department of Special Investigation as that agency inquires “into his role as prime minister in the 2010 crackdown on the red-shirt street protests.” Will Abhisit be found to have been responsible as prime minister or will it turn out that he was just a puppet for others, like the military. Or was it, as his former Suthep Thaugsuban once claimed, all Suthep’s responsibility?
Abhisit claims to be “ready to appear before the DSI inquiry and had prepared information regarding the Democrat [Party]-led government’s handling of the 2010 violent events and what really happened then.” What “really happened”? Really? Initially, we expect his standard and rehearsed account of it was all someone else who was at fault:
… [H]is government tried to use utmost patience and it was clear[l]y that the rallies violated the Constitution….
… [T]he red-shirt leaders tried to provoke the use of violence [from security officers] and there was an armed militant group [backing them].
Abhisit sounded less preppy when, like his Army seniors, he casts doubt on the DSI, and says he was “surprised by the government’s move to speed up the case, despite its stated position on reconciliation.” He added, like others of his ilk, that there “has been an attempt to distort information to put the blame on the Democrat [Party]…”. We surmise that they are rehearsing together.
Update: Abhisit appears to have stuck to script in his meeting with DSI, although he seems to have been more willing to admit that the state forces engaged in violent actions. Interestingly, the “discussion” extended over seven hours. Suthep babbled about his capacity for only telling the truth….