Guns, beating and guards

10 03 2014

The Chachoengsao Provincial Court having approved arrest warrants for anti-democrat core leader Issara Somchai, together with five anti-democrat guards on charges of “attempted premeditated murder, unlawful detention leading to grievous harms, and physical assaults.”

Issara has refused to turn himself in to investigators. He says he has more important things to do: “Let me finish the rally first and then I will fight the case…”.

The anti-democrats know from long experience, going back to the days of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, that they can thumb their noses at arrest warrants and legal cases; none of them ever go to jail and the cases drag on for many years.

Double standards make them above the law.This impunity is also seen amongst the so-called guards who work for the anti-democrats.

A report at the Bangkok Post is revealing on these guards. It quotes a former guard for Suthep Thaugsuban, who “admitted that PDRC guards sometimes need to resort to harsh approaches for the sake of security. He also admitted that all guards carry guns.”

He stated that “PDRC guards usually carry pistols and will only use them when they are attacked or authorities attempt to arrest PDRC leaders.” He states that Suthep has “dozens” of guards. He added that the guards for anti-democrat leaders are “those who are skilled in the use of weapons.” Indeed, this former guard claims he was recruited “because he can use guns…”.

There are more than “300 guards at Lumpini Park …”. The former guard suggests that, in addition to other claims that some guards are serving and former Navy Seals, “[m]any policemen also work as guards,” adding “that most of these officers, who support the anti-government protests, come from southern provinces which are the Democrats’ stronghold.”

These guards are clearly armed and dangerous. Reported at the Bangkok Post is yet another case of these lawless guards in action, using more than pistols. A taxi driver was shot and his “taxi was riddled with bullet holes, windows had been smashed and a front tyre and a rear tyre punctured. Many spent bullet cases were scattered nearby.” Of course, anti-democrat spokesman Akanat Promphan denied everything, claiming “someone in the cab opened fire into the park from Gate 2 to Gate 1, prompting a return of gunfire.” But, naturally, the anti-democrats “did not know who returned fire.”


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