Updated: Men in Black and ambulances

31 12 2013

There have been two claims that have had considerable traction amongst anti-democracy movement leaders and supporters. PPT draws attention to both here, with brief comments.

The first is the release of an official letter by the Rural Doctors’ Society (ชมรมแพทย์ชนบท) at their Facebook page. In a move that was seen by some as a departure from their previous role as a pressure group, this well-known group recently gave its support to the anti-democracy movement. Its post is a criticism of the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health for ordering that rural-based ambulances not be brought to Bangkok over the new year period to assist in events associated with the protests. The order stated that this measure was taken because local hospitals should deal with road carnage during the new year break. The doctors’ group insists that this move is a revelation of the political bias of the Ministry higher-ups.

The Nation reports that by 30 December there had been a “total of 1,322 road accidents on the first three of the ‘seven dangerous days’ of the New Year holiday period claimed 161 lives and caused 1,390 injuries…”. A quick search of statistical databases did not reveal the number and allocation of ambulances, but did show that almost half (49.7%) of all medical personnel are located in Bangkok. We leave it to reader to decide if the doctors’ group and the anti-democracy movement are being reasonable.

The second story is of claims of Men in Black made by the anti-democracy movement. The declaration is that the policeman – Sgt Narong Pitisit – killed at the Thai-Japan Stadium last week was shot by mysterious MIB on the roof of the Ministry of Labor. Anti-democracy social media and several speakers on the anti-democracy stage have stated that the unfortunate policeman was shot from this location by the mysterious MIB.

Of course, this claim is meant to link to the 2010 events where MIB were claimed by the Abhisit-Suthep regime as being responsible for all deaths then, and the implication being that MIB were in the pay of Thaksin Shinawatra.

In relation to these claims, the first unofficial effort to judge the veracity of this claim has been made. While this is an effort by an amateur, it is a serious attempt to assess the events. The conclusions:

“That there were men dressed in black on top of the Labour Ministry isn’t in doubt.”

“… the mysterious figures in black appear to be no more than ordinary riot policemen, using tear gas launchers.”

“All we can say for certain at this stage is that the men on the Labour Ministry building had nothing to do with Narong’s shooting.”

Update: Somewhat belatedly, the police brass have acknowledged that the men on top of the Ministry of Labor were policemen. PPT isn’t sure why this is big news when the second story above is considered. Perhaps it is “big news” because Suthep Thaugsuban took it up. He said:

… the “men in black” who fired into the protest area from atop the Labour Ministry building were not civilians but well-trained officers.

“The men in black are certainly not a third hand. Civilians were not allowed to go up on the building because it was under police control.

“Take a look at the men in black operating and firing, people who have not been trained would be incapable of such tasks. Good civilians like us did not wear black on that day,” the former Democrat Party powerbroker and deputy premier told his supporters.

The purpose is propaganda. The claim that they were “firing” is meant to suggest live rounds and to exonerate protesters. The above report suggests otherwise.


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31 12 2013
Notes from the news | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] As PPT posted earlier today, the anti-democracy crowd have been concocting quite a few myths meant to sustain anger and hatred. […]

31 12 2013
Notes from the news | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] As PPT posted earlier today, the anti-democracy crowd have been concocting quite a few myths meant to sustain anger and hatred. […]

4 01 2014
Decency and double standards | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] denial about the so-called men in black on the roof of the Ministry of Labor. By late last week, it was pretty clear what had happened and that the police at the Ministry of Labor were not responsi…. In any case,  the denials were apparently put right by the senior policeman’s statement a […]

4 01 2014
Decency and double standards | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] denial about the so-called men in black on the roof of the Ministry of Labor. By late last week, it was pretty clear what had happened and that the police at the Ministry of Labor were not responsi…. In any case,  the denials were apparently put right by the senior policeman’s statement a […]

23 01 2014
Latest from anti-democrats | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] “men-in-black” at the Thai-Japan Stadium were police officers is another attempt to concoct propaganda that has been shown to be false. The anti-democrats are writing their own history, and if they succeed in their campaign, it is […]

23 01 2014
Latest from anti-democrats | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] “men-in-black” at the Thai-Japan Stadium were police officers is another attempt to concoct propaganda that has been shown to be false. The anti-democrats are writing their own history, and if they succeed in their campaign, it is […]

13 09 2014
Suspicion | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] have disagreed with this in several cases. Even when anti-democrats were violent in 2013 and 2014, they blamed mysterious MiBs. Such claims were demonstrated to be false, concocted for political purposes and to take the heat […]

13 09 2014
Suspicion | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] have disagreed with this in several cases. Even when anti-democrats were violent in 2013 and 2014, they blamed mysterious MiBs. Such claims were demonstrated to be false, concocted for political purposes and to take the heat […]




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