Those peace-loving lads who guard the anti-democrats and especially their leaders have blown their cover behind the Suthep Thaugsuban’s rhetoric again. The Bangkok Post reports that the trigger-happy lot have blasted two soldiers.
The extremists known as the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand (NSPRT) who are a bunch of die-hard PAD extremists “shot and wounded” the two soldiers while the soldiers were “on patrol duty on Soi Likhit near the 1st Army Region headquarters and Wat Benjamabopit in Dusit district on Saturday night, according to Maj Gen Apirat Kongsompong, commander of the 1st Infantry Division.”
Apirat, who is known to be pretty trigger-happy himself when it comes to red shirts, said the incident took place at 9.10pm and added that the two were in plainclothes. His response was, apparently, more security for the extremists! He reportedly stated:
“Our soldiers have filed a police complaint that plaincloth[es] soldiers on motorcycle patrol were fired at, possibly by NSPRT guards providing security around their rally site. They might have shot the soldiers out of a misunderstanding. However, we have to take legal action against them because the protesters should not have been armed.
“After the incident, I have ordered the setting up of more checkpoints,” Maj Gen Apirat said.
CWO Pairoj Kantha, one of five plainclothes soldiers who were patrolling on three motorcycles, told a police officer on duty that:
At the time of the incident, he heard one gunshot, which was followed by a series of gun shots fired from a war weapon, possibly an AK47 rifle….
“When the first motorcycle fell, two NSPRT guards came out of a bunker. One of them pointed at the head of a wounded soldier with a .38 revolver. I had to quickly identiy myself as a soldier on patrol. The guard pulled back his weapon. I immediately arranged for the wounded to be admitted to hospital,” CWO Pairoj said.
The two soldiers were admitted to Ramathibodi Hospital. The military brass needs to explain how it can be so accepting of such an attack by heavily armed extremists. We suspect the answer is that this was “friendly fire.”
Update: If they weren’t so dangerous, the extremist, “student,” Brown Shirt-like, PADistas would be comical. At the Bangkok Post, it is reported that the “Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand has denied any responsibility for the shots fired at an army patrol on Saturday night in Dusit district in which two soldiers were wounded, saying it was not the work of their guards as earlier reported…”. They reckon that there was “a clash between the soldiers on patrol and an unidentified group of attackers, leaving two soldiers wounded.” This completely and totally disputes the statements made by the soldiers involved. The “students” say the “the area was outside the NSPRT’s responsibility.”