The BBC documentary that everyone should be talking about

10 08 2011

As Andrew Spooner mentioned in a recent post, the BBC has a particularly hard-hitting documentary – “Thailand – Justice Under Fire” – that examines the Battle for Bangkok in 2010. It has been difficult to locate. However, thanks to several regular readers, PPT now has the links. They are: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

The BBC asks, amongst many, many good questions: will those who have killed with impunity at last face justice? And it examines the cover-up that has occurred under the royalist government led by Abhisit Vejjajiva. The blurb adds: “Award-winning correspondent Fergal Keane investigates the struggle of victims’ families as they seek the truth about what happened to their loved ones. He explores claims of cover-up and impunity for the powerful.” As Keane says: “The powerful have never been held to account.”

As Spooner points out, the brief interview with Abhisit, in part 4,  is revealing of a damaged leader, with blood on his hands. The interview with Army Spokesman Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd is revealing of a culture of lies and murder by the military.

Given recent debate about who controls who, Thongchai Winichakul’s description of the military-monarchy relationship as one of collaborators in the political system is worthy of consideration.

This documentary deserves widespread attention and the movement for justice demands support or “what’s covered up will be repeated.”.



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