Red shirt weapons

24 05 2010

The Washington Post (23 May 2010) has a story headlined: “Thai officials use a powerful visual to explain violence.” Here’s what it says about a display put on by the military-backed Abhisit Vejjajiva government, citing the seemingly reappearing Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban: “The facts speak for themselves.” This was his statement at the Bangkok infantry base the government now calls home, during an exhibition of weapons and other items that the military says it “captured” from red shirts. The display was for “TV cameras and foreign diplomats” and is part of the ongoign proganda campaign.

And what was displayed?: “Among the weapons they deployed: eight Chinese-made AK-47 assault rifles, five rusty American rifles, a dozen grenades, a crossbow, an orange plastic bucket full of wooden slingshots and a membership card from a Las Vegas casino.”

When reporters asked about the display of so few weapons – given earlier government claims – CRES spokesman Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd said:  “protesters had many more weapons than the motley collection on display. The rest, he said, had been taken out of the protest camp by ‘armed elements’.”

Right…. And the casualties figures suggest they didn’t use many of them….



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