A provincial critique of the TRC report

16 10 2012

As we did yesterday, PPT draws attention to a Prachatai posting. This post presents a perspective from the provinces on the Truth for Reconciliation Commission report on the events of April and May 2010. In it, a representative of volunteers who collected information on the impact of 2010 April-May crackdown in Ubon Ratchathani, makes observations regarding the TRC report.

Again, PPT won’t summarize as the report deserves to be read in full. It is important to note that the events of 2010 were not simply a Battle for Bangkok (as we have repeatedly designate the events). The TRC report also focuses on events in Bangkok. As this Prachatai account points out, in “Ubon Ratchathani alone, 418 warrants were issued for which 88 civilians were taken in custody. Twenty-one individuals were held in custody without bail from the day they were arrested to the day the verdict was handed down.”

In other words, the crackdown by the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime and the military extended into areas identified as “red zones” as they attempted to repress the red shirts. That makes this report incredibly valuable.