Further updated: Social media stories to watch

19 05 2018

Social media has come alive with two stories today. The first concerns groups of people assembling at the Rajaprasong intersection to remember the deaths and injuries that took place eight years ago. Khaosod has an early report, but those following Facebook activists will see photos of people remembering the dead. Interestingly, there’s also an impression that those remembrances are also about solidarity.

The second story is much more sketchy and written carefully. Essentially, some people are asking: Where is Gen Apirat Kongsompong? Said to be next in line to be Army commander, the impression is that he has gone missing. Ever alert, Andrew MacGregor Marshall suggests that he’s been “arrested” and is at the king’s jail.

Update 1: The Bangkok Post reports:

Yesterday, a number of red-shirts representing the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) converged outside Gaysorn Village, formerly known as Gaysorn Plaza, to remember the bloody clashes between security forces and red-shirt protesters on May 19, 2010.

Among the noted participants in the event was Phayao Akhad, whose daughter, Kamolket Akhad, a volunteer nurse, was shot dead at Wat Pathum Wanaram during the 2010 dispersal of the protesters at the temple.

We doubt the Post will report on the second social media story….

Update 2: Marshall now states that Gen Apirat has reappeared in public.


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5 06 2018
Found, missing, who knows? | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] A couple of weeks ago we posted that social media was buzzing about the “disappearance” of Gen Apirat Kongsompong. We […]

5 06 2018
Found, missing, who knows? | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] A couple of weeks ago we posted that social media was buzzing about the “disappearance” of Gen Apirat Kongsompong. We […]