Red shirt leader and United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship core member Jatuporn Promphan states: “I believe the Democrat Party tried to fabricate the ‘men in black’ story even though nobody had seen their faces…”.
At Bangkok Post, Jatuporn is reported as observing that the “facts surrounding the “men in black” had yet to be clearly established … adding that he had found new evidence.” That seems to be photos of “men in black” who were “mingling with soldiers at many military positions during the 2010 UDD protests.”
His claim seems to be that “men in black” were agents provocateurs. PPT observes that the military has a long history of this kind of “third hand” intervention.
Update: Also in the Bangkok Post, Army boss General Prayuth Chan-ocha has been quick to dismiss Jatuporn’s claim. Prayuth reportedly “said he thought it highly unlikely.” THat is not the same as saying it didn’t happen. Stranger, the report has him stating: “I do not know whether there were men in black or not, but soldiers and police were injured and killed in those clashes…”. That seems like a strange comment from the Army chief when the other members of the former Abhisit Vejjajiva government have been in a stampede to direct attention to “men in black” and away from their own culpability.