Updated: Anti-monarchy plots alleged

5 10 2010

Yesterday, at the end of this post, PPT had mention of 11 men arrested in the north initially said to be “red shirt” assassins-in-training. We also mentioned the related claim by Newin Chidchob that that there was an assassination contract on him by a “former boss.”

The Nation now reports further claims by a senior police officer that 11 apprehended men are part of a plot against the monarchy.

The arrested men are stated to have “received weapons training for purposes targeting national security…”. “National security” is now Abhisit Vejjajiva regime code for the monarchy.  They are said to have immediately agreed – “vowed” is the term in the report – to “disclose useful information to authorities…”.

According to the police, mirroring claims earlier made by certain government officials and reported in several national and international news outlets, the men say they are part of “a movement was set up to subvert the country through acts of terror…”.The police officer speaking to the media added: “We have information about the weapons training they received, and their involvement in various activities including bomb-related incidents, the anti-monarchy movement, assassination plots and other incidents which caused disruption to public order in Bangkok and elsewhere…”.

So the claim is that the assassins in training morphs into a claim that they have already been bombing and so on, all around the country.

Then the police officer makes the unbelievable claim that the “police were treating the matter purely as a criminal case without seeking political motives. He refused to indicate whether the men were red fighters, or linked to the infamous ‘men in black’, who are believed to be behind incidents of violence during the red-shirt protests in May.” But he can still be quoted as saying: “If all details [coming from the 11 suspects] are linked together, and coupled with information achieved through investigations by the Department of Special Investigation into more than 200 incidents, they will be very useful for the country…”.

No names or other details have been released and the men have not been charged. The gleeful policeman alleged that there “are other groups receiving similar weapons’ training and scheming to carry out similar activities…” and then added: “but I can’t tell you where they are based now. It’s a sensitive issue and may affect investor confidence if details are revealed…”. That sounds very odd to us.

PPT noted yesterday that claims of assassination plots are legion and that “investigations almost always lead nowhere. Readers might recall that the last claimed assassination plot involving the monarchy was said to be against a privy councilor.

This case was the subject of several posts at PPT (here, here, here and here) and involved Privy Councilor Charnchai Likhitjitta. Suspects were quickly arrested, but all were soon released and that was all that was ever heard of the case. At the time we speculated that the “alleged plot may well turn out to be a political conspiracy rather than a real plot.” We might speculate again about this police claim.

Related because it involves the monarchy and in the same report, it is stated that an alleged bomb hoax against the king at his Siriraj Hospital retreat has been arrested. The man in custody is said to be a “cobbler for allegedly making a prank bomb threat against the Siriraj Hospital last week.” Police stated that he “is a supporter of the red-shirt movement and said he selected the target because it was an important place, and did the prank out of his dislike for a coalition party.”

Again, we can’t help wondering if there are real plots involved or whether the plot is simply to (again) make links between red shirts – as they regroup and get active – and anti-monarchy conspiracies.

Update: And just for good measure, another story of alleged red shirts (maybe) in training as, in this story, “freedom fighters”:

The military is conducting an investigation into activities of the red freedom fighters nabbed by the authorities for weapon training along the Thai-Burmese border in Tak Province.

Mae-sod Chief-of-staff staff of special unit region 4 , Colonel Prasan Saengsirirak said that he had sent officers to inspect the area said to have been a training site, but found no suspicious movements. He, however, ordered troops to set up check points in front of Mae-sod district in order to step up security measures.

Burma has also set up check points in the area.

It is interesting, given Kasit Piromya’s recent comments, to see support for the Thai regime from the Burmese military thugs.


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