CRES: The military killed no one

30 09 2010

For those who were at all uncertain about the role of the military during the bloody Battle for Bangkok in April and May, Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situations spokesperson Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd has cleared things up. In short, no one was killed or injured by soldiers. It is as simple as that. Sansern cited in a Prachatai report, stated that

some people have tried to convince the public that 91 people had been killed during the security forces’ operations, particularly on 19 May which was claimed to take most of the 91 lives.  That was not true.  During the operation on 19 May, not many people were killed.  The distorted claim that 91 people were killed is not true.  Those who died were killed on different places and times.  Currently, there is an attempt to gloss it over to attract attention, he said.

The colonel went on to dismiss the claim that the military deployed sniper units on high buildings to shoot the red shirts.  The CRES has explained the details of each case.  Almost all the deaths occurred in areas ‘under the influence’ of the protesters.  He insisted that the CRES had adhered to the law, international practice, and court orders, and tried to avoid violence, taking into account the fact that the protesters were all Thais, only with differing political views.  No soldiers would think of harming the people.

PPT doesn’t need to refute this deliberate lie. It is seeemingly just irrational nonsense, and there is ample evidence that Sansern is simply lying. What we don’t understand is why he is lying in such a manner. Sansern is a yellow-shirt hero precisely because he was the mouthpiece of the military crackdown that saw 91 deaths.


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