Yet another “red shirt” arms cache “found”

26 05 2018

PPT is always skeptical of police and military arrest of alleged red shirts and arms caches. That’s why we use quotation marks in the title of this post. There have been several cases, all at particularly significant political junctures. Several of these have seemingly never resulted in significant prosecutions.

The Bangkok Post reports that “[p]olice have arrested five suspects and seized a large number of weapons in several provinces and claim to have foiled a red-shirt plan to create disorder during the May 22 pro-election rally earlier this week.”

We are skeptical on this one because police and junta people talked of such a “plot” quite a while before the rally with exactly the details now confirmed. It is said that the “suspects” were arrested on Tuesday, the day of the rally. That sequence seems all too convenient especially as the repression and road blocks were widely publicized.

As usual, weapons said to have been seized were displayed at a media conference. As usual, many appear to be standard standard military issue and many appear very old.

One interesting aspect of the report is the revelation that the “suspects were interrogated by legal staff of the National Council for Peace and Order before being handed over to police for Friday’s briefing.”

In other words, the junta itself initially grabbed the “suspects” and “interrogated” them. How does that work? Is it even legal? Well, anything the junta does is “legal,” but we mean legal in a real sense of law.

The claims of red shirt plots are regular and part of a long narrative by those associated with the 2014 coup and anti-democrats.

We wonder about the police claims of some 15,000 rounds of ammunition and that this and the weapons represent one-third of the total cache of weapons. Really?

Meanwhile the police (re)announced that they are “watching for hardcore red-shirt members at the Imperial Lat Phrao shopping centre and Thammasat University’s Tha Phra Chan campus in Bangkok…”.

We will wait to see if the police actually charge those detained and take them to court. This has not always been the case in the past when similar “plots” have been “uncovered.”


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

[…] knows?: More than a week ago the police reported breaking a red shirt plot and capturing weapons. The news since then, as expected, is zilch. Perhaps the plot is by the […]

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

[…] knows?: More than a week ago the police reported breaking a red shirt plot and capturing weapons. The news since then, as expected, is zilch. Perhaps the plot is by the […]

8 06 2019
Weapons usually mean trouble | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] junta has a long track record of “finding” weapons, blaming opponents, making arrests and then, […]




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