Where were the black shirts?

29 09 2012

Michel Maas, a reporter from the Netherlands, was shot while on the air talking to Dutch radio on 19 May 2010. Recently he testified to the Department of Special Investigation as a witness on the Abhisit Vejjajiva government’s crackdown on red shirt protesters. At Prachatai it is reported that he was on Ratchadamri Rd near Lumpini Park, said by the government and Army to be occupied by black shirt militants.

He believes he was shot by a bullet “fired from the direction where soldiers were deployed at Ratchadamri intersection…”. While shot in the back, he was lucky not to be hit in the chest or head, which was the most common “kill shot.”

He told DSI that he “used his camera to zoom in the direction of Ratchadamri Rd near Chulalongkorn Hospital to look for ‘men in black’, and saw soldiers, heavily armed, firing toward the protesters, where he stood…. He saw the protesters carrying only wooden sticks and one small Thai home-made handgun.”

At the new Red Shirts blog, Maas is quoted from an interview for “reporters and the DSI on the spot where he was shot two years ago.”

On armed “men in black,” he told reporters:

No, I didn’t see any. I heard the stories too. I was looking around and checking for people running around with sniper rifles or any kind of rifles. All I saw were people with sticks and small Molotov cocktails which couldn’t do much harm, all hand-made, not really impressive. The only weapon was a revolver that looked about 60 years old, or home-made, again, not very impressive. It was the only gun I saw in the Red Shirt camp.

Michel added:

I have very little doubt in my mind who shot me because the bullet, that I still have, came from an M16 and, according to people who know, the experts say it was a military gun. What bothers me is that this bullet appears to be the only surviving bullet from the whole operation. It’s incredible. The bullet that killed Fabio [Polenghi] is gone…. I can say with 100% confidence that the military shot at protesters that day. I can’t say that they were the only ones shooting, but they were the only ones I saw with my own eyes.

 


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12 04 2013
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