2,120 sniper shots fired

22 03 2011

PPT knows that the army has great trouble keeping track of its arms and ammunition as they are lost, stolen, misplaced and traded in large numbers. However, a short report at Prachatai makes for interesting reading.

The report says that a Puea Thai Party Chair of the House Committee on Military Affairs has disclosed “an account of ammunition disbursed by the army during the crackdown on red shirts early last year” that we call the Battle for Bangkok.

Even allowing for the army’s fudging and “losses,” it is astounding that “3,000 sniper rounds of which 880 were returned…”. It would appear that 2,120 rounds were fired at protesters and others by the army during April and May 2010.

Moreover, less than 7,000 blank rounds were fired while 117,923 live rounds were fired at the people. So much for the government’s claims that blanks were used and “reasonable” measures taken by state forces….

 

 


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25 03 2011
More on the army’s bullets | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the Bangkok Post and at Bangkok Pundit there is commentary related to PPT’s earlier post on the huge amount of ammunition used by the military as it battled for Bangkok, crushing red shirt […]

9 06 2011
22 09 2012
Counting the ammo used against red shirts « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] by the Army in the period of the crackdown on red shirt protesters in April and May 2010. Back then PPT posted an account that reported on this. The report […]

22 09 2012
Counting the ammo used against red shirts « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] by the Army in the period of the crackdown on red shirt protesters in April and May 2010. Back then PPT posted an account that reported on this. The report […]

11 04 2015
His lies | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] that Prayuth has long repeated. A military that has no intention  of harming citizens does not use 2,120 sniper rounds and use less than 7,000 blank rounds while firing 117,923 live rounds at […]

11 04 2015
His lies | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] that Prayuth has long repeated. A military that has no intention  of harming citizens does not use 2,120 sniper rounds and use less than 7,000 blank rounds while firing 117,923 live rounds at […]

6 08 2015
The 2010 lie | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Snipers don’t use rubber bullets, and as HRW points out that “[o]verwhelming evidence, including post mortems uncovering high velocity bullets, concluded that civilians were struck by live ammunition.” […]

6 08 2015
The 2010 lie | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Snipers don’t use rubber bullets, and as HRW points out that “[o]verwhelming evidence, including post mortems uncovering high velocity bullets, concluded that civilians were struck by live ammunition.” […]

18 09 2020
Updated: Saturday’s rally | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] of ammunition, including 500 sniper rounds used in military operations in April and May 2010. Other reports were of thousands of sniper rounds […]