More on the army’s bullets

25 03 2011

In 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 demonstrators in April and May 2010.

The army seems to have been spooked by the report and even Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, usually somnolent when it comes to the big boys in the Army, got jittery. The Army has reportedly “ordered all units to return unused bullets from last year’s protests after it was revealed in parliament that 100,000 were fired, including about 2,500 sniper rounds.” Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha seems to have given the order to find and return the ammunition.

No-one, so far, seems to deny that the military issued 597,500 bullets during the period when the red shirts were demonstrating. Bangkok Pundit guesses that, as PPT mentioned, some of these rounds may be “missing” and headed for the black market, but the idea that more than half a million rounds were issued is staggering.


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12 06 2017
Washing away the blood | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] the fact that, for example, courts finding soldiers responsible for many of the deaths and that more than 100,000 live rounds were used in 2010, with more than 2,000 sniper rounds […]

12 06 2017
Washing away the blood | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the fact that, for example, courts finding soldiers responsible for many of the deaths and that more than 100,000 live rounds were used in 2010, with more than 2,000 sniper rounds […]