PPT originally put some of this post as an update to our earlier one on the Democrat Party’s “rally” and repeated claims about so-called men in black. As more news has come out, we have made this a second part of that earlier post.
In the first place, we want to draw attention to Siam Voices and its useful account of the Democrat Party “rally” of supporters. That post mirrors several of the points PPT made in our earlier post and highlights Abhisit’s repeated claims that “men in black” were the cause of all violence. It is noted that the rally was “primarily held to fire up their own supporter base…” and, we would add, probably also to try to combat polling that repeatedly indicates that the Puea Thai government remains well ahead of the Democrat Party. Siam Voices points out: “what is particularly striking is the apparent willingness of the Democrat Party to still overlook the role of the military during the protests…”. In fact. it does more than “overlook;” the party and its leadership repeatedly reject the evidence that the military murdered people.
A second point to note is that Thaksin Shinawatra has gone on the (legal) attack, with the Bangkok Post reporting that he has instructed lawyers to sue Democrat Party leader “Abhisit [Vejjajiva], deputy party leader Korn Chatikavanij, Surat Thani MP Suthep Thaugsuban, Songkhla MP Sirichok Sopha and Rayong MP Sathit Pitutecha” for the claims they made regarding Thaksin’s alleged links to the “men in black.” A complaint was to be made with the Lumpini police.
Puea Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said ‘[t]hese leading members of the Denocrat Party [sic. Deni-ocrat? Democrat?] had accused Thaksin of being behind the men in black…. [and] said it was not true that Thaksin was took command of the men in black with an intention of causing loss of lives and using the people as his tool to return to power. Thaksin had never joined in any meeting or given any order for action. He did not know who the men in black were…”.