With 5 updates: They are unarmed…

1 02 2014

Pornpimol Kanchanalak at The Nation: is always good for a bit of propaganda and more. In a recent op-ed, she said supported the anti-democrats, amongst other things claiming:  “But for crying out loud, they are unarmed.”

Shooter 1Well, maybe not… In fact, the so-called “students” amongst the extremists of the anti-democrats have been armed all along.

Below we add some pictures that are on various social media sites and claimed to be of events at Laksi today, where 5-7 people were injured, some shot. As far as we can tell from the social media sites, the pictures are of the anti-democrats at work, but we can’t confirm this:

Shooter 3Shooter 2Shooter 9 Shooter 10 Shooter 8 Shooter 7 Shooter 6 Shooter 5Update 1: The BBC has an extensive print and video report of the violence, with numerous images in the video report of heavily armed individuals. CNN also has a long report.

Update 2: Readers point out that the 4th photo above shows a policeman firing (but it is not clear who the target was), and that Reuters has identified the gun in the bag man as an anti-democrat. Other readers note that yesterday the anti-democrats wore red in various rallies, making it almost impossible to determine who were real red shirts. And, journalists have complained that anti-democrats wear armbands the same color as those as journalists. Is all of this a tactic?

Update 3: Another reader adds that the anti-democrats have also been men in black:

Black shirtUpdate 4: From the Bangkok Post:

Issara Somchai, a core member controlling the anti-government base at Lat Phrao intersection, in an interview with the BlueSky satellite news station, admitted that the shooting had damaged the PDRC’s image, but said it was in self-defence against firing from the red shirts.

”I will remind demonstrators of our non-violence means,” he said.

”I sympathise with them,” he said, referring to those using guns. ”They had the right to defend themselves. They were escaping from death threats and protecting their lives. They had only small weapons.”

Update 5: Thai E-News has done a great job of collecting all of the video and photos.


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3 02 2014
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3 02 2014
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[…] They lived on in military and royalist lore as “responsible” for all the killings in 2010. As The Dictator, General Prayuth Chan-ocha and other military brass have said many times, the military did not kill anyone. The courts 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 off the violence of the royalist anti-democrats. […]

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26 03 2017
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