Updated: Pressuring the military

26 11 2012

It is reported at Prachatai and at The Nation that the Criminal Court has ruled that a member of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship was killed in gunfire by troops acting on orders of the Abhisit Vejjajiva government’s Centre for Resolution of the Emergency Situation.

Taxi driver Channarong Polsrila was killed by security officers during the early part of the Army’s crackdown on red shirts on 15 May 2010, when he and several others came under sustained and targeted fire from snipers and other troops. However, the Court was unable to identify the shooter or his unit.

The red-shirt taxi driver was shot and killed in front of a gas station on Ratchaprarop Rd on the afternoon of 15 May 2010. He was hit by a “.223 calibre bullet shot from a machine gun…”. PPT would like to know more about this as we believe (and we aren’t experts) that the .223 is a commercial production and that the Army uses “NATO” 5.56mm ammunition. We are not questioning the finding and would like to know more about Army ammunition purchases.

This is the second court ruling in a series of inquests into the deaths of red shirts believed to have been killed by authorities during the 2010 crackdown.  Up to 19 cases have been sent to the courts.

Update: A reader points out that we should have added that the pressure is also on Abhisit Vejjajiva and Suthep Thaugsuban. The reader points to a Bangkok Post article that states that the UDD’s Weng Tojirakarn “said that since Channarong was shot to death by soldiers on duty under a CRES order, then-premier Abhisit … and Suthep …, who at the time was deputy prime minister and the CRES director, must take responsibility for the taxi driver’s death.”


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