Further updated: Reds on the move

6 04 2010

The Bangkok Post reports some brief scuffles between red shirts and police at Rajaprasong as Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd, “spokesman for Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO), said on national television that security forces have stepped up pressure on the red-shirt protesters to leave Ratchaprasong intersection but would not use force to disperse them.” The police were apparently also attempting to prevent groups of protesters moving to other “banned” locations.

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In a later report, the Post states that a “group of red-shirt protesters on Tuesday afternoon entered Silom road – one of the 11 main roads in Bangkok declared off-limits by the government. The red-shirts led by anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship co-leader Suporn Attawong paraded peacefully but defiantly down the road.”

Interestingly, the Post actually reports that: “Many vendors and pedestrians along the road cheered the red-shirts, waving plastic foot clappers and red handkerchiefs.” The good-natured atmosphere continued to prevail as “the protesters and pedestrians engaged in Songkran activities by splashing water and patting powder on each other, in advance of the Thai New Year Songkran celebration next week.”

Update: The Bangkok Post (6 April 2010) reports that the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) has “approved summons warrants for up to 10 co-leaders of the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD)…”.

Acting government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said that “if the UDD leaders do not report personally to the authorities then arrest warrants would be issued.” If they are located, they would be “arrested immediately because they have, by their actions, openly committed offences.”

However, the the warrants haven’t actually been issued because CAPO is looking ar “details of the law before taking legal action against the red-shirt leaders…”.

Panitan claimed that “there were about 15,000 red-shirt protesters in Bangkok on Tuesday afternoon – about 10,000 at Ratchaprasong intersection and the other 5,000 at Phan Fa bridge.”

Meanwhile, bombings seem to be becoming more common, more politically targeted and, in some cases, more destructive. A report early on 6 April stated that there had been “26 bomb attacks in Bangkok and neighbouring areas since the Internal Security Act was invoked on March 12.” A grenade was launched at a police van behind the Democrat Party headquarters. Another bomb was found at Chulalongkorn University. Earlier, there had been a larger car bomb at Poseidon massage parlor. That parlor is owned by the family of Commerce Minister Pornthiwa Nakasai of the Bhum Jai Thai Party.



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