In amongst a report in The Nation that is about Army spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd providing what was euphemistically called “testimony” to the parliamentary sub-committee on political development and mass communication chaired by a Democrat Party MP, there’s some interesting comment.
While “testimony” is usually a solemn attestation as to the truth of a matter and is said to be planned and thought through, Sansern’s approach is mainly to resort to the unbelievable stories concocted by the Army.
Sansern claims that of the 69 weapons belonging to the Army that were “confiscated by red-shirt protesters in April 2010, only one M-16 rifle has been returned to the military, the rest are still missing…”. The first point to make is that red shirts simply picked up some of these weapons as Army infantrymen shed them and other equipment as they ran away from events on that gruesome night. Red shirts claim they handed all the weapons over to police. If that is true, perhaps between the police and Army these weapons have been lost or “misplaced.”They both have a record of “losing” weapons.
More significant is Sansern’s repetition of his story that “[t]he military did not fire live bullets at the protesters but shot into the air to frighten them…”. Absolutely no-one believes this fabrication and there is not a shred of evidence to support the lie. In the same cold-hearted way, he again claims that the Army killed no-one at Wat Pathum Wanaram and raises the specter of “men in black,”claiming “clear evidence” but not producing any.
Meanwhile, Sansern’s political bosses in the Democrat Party, led by Abhisit Vejjajiva said the party “would hold a major rally at Lumpini Park on Sunday. The rally would be … special … as he would reveal the truth about the men in black during the political turmoil of 2010. There would be a presentation about the group…”. PPT can’t wait. Well maybe we can. The last time the Democrat Party promised this was at an election rally at Rajaprasong that produced not a shed of new evidence.
Abhisit also mentioned that he has a book, “The Colourless Truth”, that will soon be launched. THat will create some interest. Presumably he will again tell his “story.”