Updated: Propaganda and Arisman’s disappearance

20 05 2010

A reader has sent us this in an email, and it deserves some consideration:

Some disturbing propaganda claiming that Reds shot their own people “who were trying to leave the temple [Wat Pathum Wanaram]”, despite an article in the Australian in which a foreign journalist who was inside the temple with the Reds had the impression “sharpshooters were firing from the Skytrain line.”

See the picture, which was taken as shooting was taking place on Sarasin Rd. during the early stages of the final crackdown.

Another (more comprehensive) report from the temple “safe zone” is here.

More disturbing is the claims that Arisman is “not in custody”, contradicting earlier claims that he had been arrested after fleeing the Rajprasong stage. Hopefully he has indeed escaped and not been wiped off the face of the earth. For CRES claims see here.

Update: More on Arisman from the Bangkok Post: “Arisman Pongruangrong, a hard-line United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship leader, has contacted the Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situation to surrender, police spokesman Pongsapat Pongcharoen said on Friday. Citing a reliable report, Pol Lt-Gen Pongsapat said Mr Arisman was still in Thailand and had his lawyer contact the CRES. Mr Arisman’s whereabouts had been confusing.  On May 19 before the end of the UDD rally, he was reported fleeing in a Toyota Yaris car.  Later on the same day he was said to have been arrested in at the Ploenchit BTS skytrain station.  The arrest report was later denied by police. He was also reported to have been in hiding in Khon Kaen province on Friday morning, but police said the report was unlikely to be true.”


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