Updated: On red shirts regrouping

28 08 2010

The BBC’s Alastair Leithead has an interesting video report at the Asia-Pacific site. In it he reports on the underground and above-ground red shirt regrouping, violent and non-violent.  PPT is not quite sure why Leithead is convinced the recent bombings in Bangkok are red shirt-inspired. They might be, but he seems certain. Viewers should be warned that there is a short interview with acting government spokeman Panitan Wattanayagorn that might spoil a relaxing Sunday.

Update: The Nation has a story on a red shirt “seminar” near Bangkok. Apparently attendance was limited to 500 and was at a school hall in the Prachachuen area to avoid violating the emergency decree. It is reported that Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, editor of Red Power magazine and red shirt leader and Peua Thai Party MP Jatuporn Promphan attended and spoke to supporters. Also attending was Sombat Boonngamanong of the June 24 group.

Somyos “dressed in a prison uniform with chains locked around his ankles, opened the seminar by inviting the red supporters to light candles in memory of friends killed in the recent unrest.” Jatuporn staged a mock release from a cell and urged the “government to do the same to those held in real cells on charges of terrorism.”

Intriguingly, Jatuporn also claimed that a “special power” was “interfering with the government, Parliament and courts of justice.” He also attacked the government, which he alleged “had been ordered to massacre the people.” And he pointed out the double standard employed when dealing with red shirts and yellow shirts. He said: “For the yellow shirts, police did not dare to issue arrest warrants and they were released without pos[t]ing bail.”

Sombat “called on the red shirts to continue a peaceful struggle by mobilising the masses to pressure the government. He said red shirts still had high hope their leaders would be released to join their struggle for democracy.”



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1 09 2010
Red shirts waiting « Political Prisoners in Thailand

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