Updated: PAD and other nationalist rants on Cambodia

3 01 2011

A few days ago PPT briefly posted regarding yellow shirts arrested and held in Cambodia after going with Democrat Party MP Panich Vikitsreth to “inspect” the border in Sa Kaeo. As we reported back then, according to the Thai government, they were inside Cambodian territory by several hundred meters when arrested. Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya was about to fly off to Cambodia to rescue them while Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has called for the “immediate and unconditional release.” At about that time  Siam Voices had a round-up on the arrests in Cambodia story. This was followed by  Foreign Minister Kasit returning from Cambodia, admitting that ” a survey by officials from the Department of Treaties and Legal Affairs and the Royal Thai Survey Department found that the group, which included Democrat MP Panich Vikitsreth and yellow-shirt activist Veera Somkwamkid, were about a kilometre inside Cambodia.”

Bangkok Pundit now has a post on how the reporting of this story and the government’s position was rolled out.

In that post, BP has an account of an old general and yellow shirt Preecha Iamsuphan, a classmate of PAD leader and ultra-nationalist Chamlong Srimuang, demanding: “Thai soldiers must invade to obtain the return of Thai territory…”. He ranted on: “Now, there is only one answer, that is go to war. A battle to teach the Cambodians a lesson that when Cambodians take a gun over the Thai border then Thais need to take their guns over the Cambodian border in return. To chase off the Cambodians from all parts of Thai territory that they have encroached on so that it can be returned.”

Of course, it makes no difference to him that the evidence is of no entry by Cambodian soldiers into Thailand. He is talking about long-disputed territory and even Preah Vihear, where Thailand lost a World Court case. He wants it all “back.” And, he isn’t the only one. As Bangkok Pundit points out, when the yellow-shirted nationalists bang drums and rattle sabers, there is a lot to be lost for even the yellow-loving Democrat Party. At the time we checked, the last 9 stories at MCOT News related to Cambodia, PAD and the arrests:

Thai PM: Preah Vihear dispute won’t affect Thai-Cambodian relations
Monday, January 03, 2011 7:52 AM

Activists urged to avoid further conflict, not rally at Cambodian border
Monday, January 03, 2011 4:49 AM

Activists to rally at border, demanding release of Thai detainees
Sunday, January 02, 2011 6:23 AM

Thai activists submit letter to UN seeking help to release 7 detained Thais
Saturday, January 01, 2011 7:13 AM

Thai officials conduct investigation to secure release of Thai detainees in Cambodia
Saturday, January 01, 2011 6:32 AM

Cambodian Court sets no date trial of seven Thais detained for illegal entry
Friday, December 31, 2010 7:48 AM

Thai, Cambodian commanders hold border talks
Friday, December 31, 2010 3:48 AM

Thai FM fails to free Thais detained in Cambodia
Thursday, December 30, 2010 11:04 PM

Thai FM leaves for Phnom Penh for talks on release of seven detained Thais
Thursday, December 30, 2010 8:01 AM

The so-called Thailand Patriot Network has petitioned the UN and then gathered at Government House to protest the case of seven detained in Cambodia. They announced plans to rally at the border aiming “to pressure the neighbouring country to release the group.” The group is led by Chaiwat Sinsuwong and Karun Sai-ngam. PPT readers may remember Chaiwat from this post in October where he was charged with various offenses, including “terrorism” as a PAD leader occupying the airports. Expect Chamlong’s Dhamma Army to be the bulk of the protesters and local residents may oppose the yellow shirted rally.

Update: For those who think he wasn’t in Cambodia, watch this clip and hear Panich on the phone asking a colleague to tell the prime minister’s secretary that he was inside Cambodia.

http://www.youtube.com/v/5YTbiVA16Ss?version=3


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