With 4 updates: Queen and prince attend soldier’s funeral

12 04 2010

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The Nation (12 April 2010) reports that the queen “expressed regret over the death of Col Romklao Thuwatham, who was among five troops killed during clashes with protesters Saturday night.  Her Majesty the Queen expressed the regret while presiding over the royally-sponsor bathing rite for the colonel, deputy chief of staff of the 2nd Infantry Division, Royal Guards, at the Thepsirin Temple at 5:45 pm.  Her Majesty was accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn.  Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, Supreme Commander Gen Songkiitt Jakkabatra and several other senior military officers received Her Majesty and the Crown Prince at the temple.”

This event will be interpreted in all kinds of ways. Recall that the queen attended the funeral of the one PAD protester killed in October 2008 and that was seen as a sign of where palace support was. What have they said about the protesters this time?

Video of the funeral:

Update 1: A related report in The Nation states this about the colonel’s death: “The spokesman of the Internal Security Operations Commanded said Monday that either an active or a retired military identified Col Romklao Thuwatham for a gunman to take him out with M79 grenade.  Pol Maj Gen Disthaporn Sasamit said a laser beam was pointed to the group of commanders before an MP79 was fire at them, killing Romklao and injuring other senior officers.  Disthaporn said it was not a coincidence but everything was planned by the other side.” The plan for laying blame is clear. The ISOC man added: “The spokesman said the other side was angry that Romklao led troops to restore order during riots last year so the other side was angry and would like to take a revenge.  Disthaporn said gunmen also fired at military officers from buildings so everything was planned by the other side.” He repeats the claim as if a mantra.

Is the government going to be able to make this claim stick or is the redoubt of the desperate?

Update 2: A reader points out that PPT should have recalled that Romklao was one of the officers who gave the “shoot” order during Songkhran Uprising of 2009 and that he has been quite vocal about what he did.

Update 3: Singapore’s channelnewsasia.com has an article (via AFP) that notes the funeral visit by the queen and prince. It adds that Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said that the king and queen “will offer financial support to the wounded and families of those killed, both civilians and soldiers.” Is Suthep having to clean up the royals’ political mess? Or does it just make their political position more obvious?

Update 4: Pro-government TAN Network on 12 April translates a ASTV/Manager story on Colonel Romklao. Makes for interesting reading.


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