Further updated: Accounts and pleas from the crackdown, killings and burning

20 05 2010

Asia Times online has a story by William Barnes. Thailand’s Troubles has an important eye witness account from the ground at Rajaprasong. The NYT story is here.

Arresting red shirts by the score

The SMH has a video report embedded in, oddly, a standard letter from the Thai Ambassador to Australia complaining about the Hartcher article on the king reaping what he has sown. The interesting new paragraph is this: “Law enforcement officers could have crushed the protesting Red Shirts at any time, but their self-restraint is due to the fact that innocent civilians must be distinguished from the armed troublemakers, and the innocent ones must be unharmed. So, it takes time. Of course, all the individuals concerned, including law enforcement officers and their superiors, will be held criminally responsible for the perpetration of any criminal acts. This is what the rule of law is all about.”

Can anyone take such a claim seriously? PPT can’t.

Andrew Walker has an interpretation of events in the WSJ.

This plea from a reader: “Dear our International Friends,

We need help from you.  We have to start thinking about how we can help our Red Shirts leaders and brothers-and-sisters in Thailand who may face abuses.  Whoever saw any news/posts on this issue please save them and we should plan to bring all these to the attention of the World.  I heard that Arisman was arrested and later was denied by the military— that’s not a good sign.  I don’t have any plan yet but if you have any ideas or suggestions please let me know.  I think this is one of urgent issue krub. Thanks.

PPT agrees. Send us anything and we will be pleased to pass it on. Thailand requires more international attention and scrutiny. One important reason is that the Democrat Party-led and military backed regime of Abhisit Vejjajiva has already started an international campaign that is a cover-up. They got away with murder on April 10 and they think they can do it again.

Update: CNN has a backgrounder with video. The Times Online includes a useful report, including the announcement of a continuing curfew for another three nights. The BBC reports more than 30 buildings burned in Bangkok.

Further updated: See Thailand’s Trouble on the beginnings of erasure and aftermath photos. Be aware that the latter includes photos of the dead at Wat Pathumwanaram, including a monk.


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2 06 2010
Abhisit dissembles « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] PPT has mentioned the Wat Pathum Wanaram temple beginning with this post and including pictures and video in this page. We do not proposed to re-state the information […]

3 06 2010
Abhisit dissembles « Politicalprisonersofthailand's Blog

[…] PPT has mentioned the Wat Pathum Wanaram temple beginning with this post and including pictures and video in this page. We do not proposed to re-state the information […]

19 05 2016
6 years ago | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] It was six years ago that then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban cooperated with General Anupong Paojinda and General Prayuth Chan-ocha to crush the several months long red shirt protests in Bangkok. […]

19 05 2016
6 years ago | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] It was six years ago that then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban cooperated with General Anupong Paojinda and General Prayuth Chan-ocha to crush the several months long red shirt protests in Bangkok. […]