With 3 updates: The violence begins

25 11 2013

With Suthep Thaugsuban urging protesters to occupy various sites, including the Ministry of Finance, The Nation reports that German photojournalist Nick Nostitz, a accredited journalist who has written two red vs. yellow books and numerous other photo essay, was attacked and punched at an anti-government rally.

Nick Nostitz

Nick Nostitz

This attack might be written off as a rogue attack except that he was apparently identified as a “red shirt” at a rally by a speaker on stage. This identification seems to have triggered the violent attack.

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand expressed concern that the incident was also featured on Democrat Party-sponsored “Blue Sky TV, and Internet comments continued to target the journalist.”

Update 1: A reader sent us the link to Blue Sky Channels Facebook page where Nostitz is targeted with racist and violent comments, apparently before the physical attack on him. We insert two screen captures below, following Update 3, and there are plenty more nasty comments, egged on by the Democrat Party channel.

Update 2: Asia Sentinel’s correspondent has also noticed the violent turn in the demonstrations. Much in this report matches things PPT has posted on. This comment is worth repeating:

… Thailand’s opposition Democratic Party, having tasted some success in gaining public support to kill the much-despised blanket amnesty that would have allowed fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to return from his years of exile, are turning to the violent tactics of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, the ill-famed Yellow Shirts, who brought the country to a standstill in 2007 and 2008.

Update 3: Prachatai has more on the attack on Nostitz and there is some brief video available as well, grabbed from Blue Sky Channel. It reports that “Jumpol Chumsai, a Democrat MP and protest leader,  identified him as ‘red shirt journalist’ through loudspeaker.” The yellow shirts are unapologetic: “… After the incident, Suthin Wannaboworn, former journalist and supporter of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, or the yellow shirt, said in an interview on pro-Democrat Bluesky channel that he believed that Nostitz was a journalist who was ‘organized’ by the red shirts.” Most of the crazed royalists, who are unable to distinguish between propaganda and journalism accuse Nostitz of being in the pay of Thaksin Shinawatra.

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25 11 2013
On Suthep, monarchy and violence | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] have been intimidatory challenges to the media and attacks on journalists. Remarkably, the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association and the Thai Journalists’ Association […]

25 11 2013
On Suthep, monarchy and violence | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] have been intimidatory challenges to the media and attacks on journalists. Remarkably, the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association and the Thai Journalists’ Association […]