Miraculous police

4 06 2014

In amongst the nonsensical propaganda about monarchy, military and happiness, PPT has located a miracle! We note that Bangkok Pundit has also commented on this piece of “news” amongst some other very bizarre accounts of events he’s come across.

The Nation reports this event as if it was real. It says that:

More than 3,000 people were rounded up and a large number of heavy weapons seized under a coordinated crackdown in provinces under the jurisdiction of Provincial Police Region 4. The raids began last Wednesday and wrapped up on Sunday.

Separately, police also found a cache of heavy weapons abandoned in Chon Buri province and some ammunition dumped in a wastewater pipe in Nonthaburi. Police believe these munitions were abandoned because people feared harsh punishment under martial law.

Our initial reaction is to question why this happens now and not before the coup, and the more yellowish will undoubtedly claim that these “weapons” belonged to red shirts and that these extremists were “protected” prior to the coup. But then the military and police did grab some guns before the coup and this was reported. Indeed, some pro-coup commentators used these discoveries of evidence of potential violence.

But let’s look a little closer. First, these miraculous discoveries were announced by “Pol Lt General Detnarong Suthichanbancha of Provincial Police Region 4…”. The Bangkok Post reports that the junta has moved police for their perceived loyalty:

Provincial Police Region 4 chief Anuchai Lekbamrung, who was in charge of the police investigation into the 2010 deadly crackdown on the red-shirt demonstrators, was replaced by Pol Lt Gen Detnarong Suthichanbancha, commissioner of Police’s Office of Budget and Finance.

Pol Lt Gen Detnarong is known to … have a close connection with Mr Suthep [Thaugsuban].

So, yes, the junta has effectively ditched any serious investigation of Suthep’s complicity in the murder of red shirt protesters in 2010. It is also noteworthy that it is this Suthep acolyte who suddenly, miraculously found all the weapons.

As Bangkok Pundit points out, there’s more to the story as the Suthep crony explained that:

279 teams led intelligence and sting operations before laying siege to 500 areas and 2,700 illegal entertainment venues. Some 3,413 suspects were rounded up and slapped with charges ranging from gambling, drug trafficking, prostitution and the illegal possession of arms.Guns

So, yes, the junta is collecting weapons, but these are the run-of-the-mill weapons that are all over Thailand and in the hands of criminals, not political activists or even “extremists.” GunPolicy.org has some figures that suggest that civilians in Thailand have 10 million guns, and the possession rate is quite high in the region.

If the Suthep cop goes looking, he finds:

Of those arrested, 382 were charged with illegally possessing arms – 407 guns, 1,028 bullets and seven grenades were seized from them.

It is claimed that “[i]n Sakon Nakhon province, a large arms factory was raided,” but no more information is provided.

Detnarong said the “results of the operation were satisfactory, adding that it should help cut down on crime, and ensure peace and order.” As Bangkok Pundit says, this looks like a social order campaign more than anything else. Be very frightened when the police launch these, for they seek enormous bribes and are likely to kill people they don’t like, as in the infamous War on Drugs.

In another “raid,” in Chon Buri, the cops say they found “27 rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and five boxes of ammunitions for unspecified weapons” just sitting around in the outdoors, near a house…. This announcement was from “Caretaker commissioner of Provincial Police Region 2 Pol Maj-General Sanit Mahataworn” who is also mentioned in the Bangkok Post:

 Provincial Police Region 2 chief Kawee Supanan was removed and replaced by Pol Maj Gen Sanit Mahataworn, deputy chief of the Office of Police Commission. Pol Lt Gen Kawee played a key role in crackdown…

Pol Lt Gen Kawee played a key role in crackdown on PDRC protesters in February that resulted in fatalities.

Pol Maj Gen Sanit reportedly had the support from Mr Suthep when he was in political power.

Yes, another Suthep crony.

To be frank, this is all too cosy and the weapons “discoveries” by Suthep lackeys do seem altogether too convenient.


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7 06 2014
The junta and the past | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] stuff it has peddled for years will work again. Take the reports of the miraculous weapons finds. We posted on this previously, yet the reports continue. The most recent “news” is another example of the […]

7 06 2014
The junta and the past | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] stuff it has peddled for years will work again. Take the reports of the miraculous weapons finds. We posted on this previously, yet the reports continue. The most recent “news” is another example of the unbelievable […]

29 06 2014
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19 08 2014
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[…] This is not the first miracle worked by the police since the May 2014 military coup. The miracle worker was, in several such cases, the gold miner businessman and now police boss General Somyos Pumpanmuang. Several of the cases seemed to fade as fast as the miracle was produced. […]

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[…] and simply “missing” from military inventories far outweigh this number. Third, Thailand is awash with guns, and this 57 makes no difference to that. Finally, it is the military that is responsible for most […]

5 10 2016
Promoting political allies III | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] and simply “missing” from military inventories far outweigh this number. Third, Thailand is awash with guns, and this 57 makes no difference to that. Finally, it is the military that is responsible for most […]