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Unnecessary Evil

Seem like the CRES wanted to smear more green on upcoming red shirt protest and gathering.   Those “mental” attackers aimed at MRT and BTS, according to Deputy PM Suthep.

The country is so ready to celebrate its own 911 mode with a lot of army personnel standing on guards around  shopping district just to make the situation worst for tourism. Still, the PM and his Deputy cannot warrant Bangkok would be bomb and grenade free. Mr. Suthep still said, “don’t panic.” when recently the presence of the military did not deter the bomb makers and grenade lauchers.

We also have Sirichoke who thought he outdid Victor Bout and lure But to talk about his connection with Thaksin. To be fair, it was Sirichoke who did all the talking.

To me, the red shirts who went to the protests and other activities are perfect goats for this building up tension. Maybe the government wanted men in red instead of trying to catch men in black. Men in black was not destabilizing the state and they were long gone.

So I guess this time they will try to link everything to the red shirts and caught them red handed using any methods that kill or the fun in the city.

Remember what Mr. Suthep said. Don’t panic– but the hidden message might be don’t join the red activities. Perhaps, the government is justifying its huge increase in military budget.

I could not think of anything better than having the army seal their weapon depots and watch for anyone who try to gain access to explosive devices.

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Autopsy reports: Red shirts killed by high velocity ammunitions (Update)

Bangkok Post and Thairath published autopsies of victicms of the 10 April incidents.

Autopsies on 11 victims of the violence on Saturday night revealed nine red-shirt demonstrators were killed by high velocity bullets to the head or chest, an independent committee announced on Monday afternoon.

No details were given of the bullet calibre or possible  weapon used.

Police General Hospital chief medical officer Jongjet Aowajenpong said five of the the nine victims were shot in the head, and four in the chest.

Another victim died from respiratory failure, Pol Maj Gen Jongjet said.

Pol Maj Gen Jongjet said Japanese camerman Hiro Muramoto, a Reuters journalist,  was shot in the chest but the committee will not reveal the details of his death.

He said the Japanese government has asked the Thai government not to reveal the details to the public.

Experts will look into the types of fireams used and other aspects of the shootings, he said.

There were 21 deaths – 17 civilians, including a foreign reporter, and four soldiers – with 863 others injured in the political bloodshed in Bangkok on Saturday.

Military rifles issued to troops in Thailand are generally high-velocity small calibre, such as the M16 which fires a 5.56mm high velocity cartridge. Pictures from Saturday night’s riot show figures identitied as protesters also with military-type weapons, including an M16.

Weapon sighting included Tavor Tar 21, using the ammunition at the same caliber as an M-16 (5.56×45 NATO).  supposedly official guns. Whoever, the men in black are, they kept their spent cartridges well.

Thairath went in details and reported  five protesters  (Sawat, Yutthana, Wasan, Ampol,  and Praisom) died because of with brain trauma from high velocity gun shots. The first four people were “killed from gun shot wound, destroying their brains. Bullet entered from back [went through the skulls] and exited through the front” ( italic added in translation. เสียชีวิตจากบาดแผลกระสุนปืนทำลายสมอง กระสุนปืนเข้าจากบริเวณด้านหลังทะลุด้านหน้า). Other three men (Tawatchai, Charoon, and an identified Thai man) were shot in the chest-abdominal areas (entry: chest, puncture lungs, a liver and main arteries) it was  unclear some bullets could be recovered from those bodies. A man died of personal  respiratory failure.

I’ll leave readers to interpret trajectories.

UPDATE: Got a photo of one victim from http://thaienews.blogspot.com/2010/04/10_13.html. Graphic content and could be disturbing. The ballistic trajectory is not my interpretation.

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Test your sight: assault rifles and portesters

Photo: Bangkok Post

Please go to the Bangkok Post’s front page in the website and look at the headline photo under “Emergency Rule”for your convenience I have included the photo/link. Was this the automatic rifles captured from the Suthep’s personal guards that  Seth Mydan and Thomas Fuller reported:

“Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who is in charge of security for the government, was one of those evacuated to a military headquarters after the protesters wrestled with his security guard, seized the guard’s weapon and emptied out the ammunition. (Italic added)

Yesterday, at the second protest site, the leaders took turn to show captured image of “M16” seized in the parliament in  and said that the weapon will belong to Suthep.

Matichon reported earlier that  the assault rifle were carried by an official security force in the parliament who was attacked by the red shirt protesters and the rifle and a pistol was taken away by force.

Sadly, no other Thai reports discussed if the weapons were pre-loaded, the pistols should be loaded, but most assault rifles carried for guards in the many barracks were not loaded (i.e. as far as one can see the ammunition magazine were usually not present.) Clipping from Post Today at the Parliament clipping service said the rifle was fully loaded. so the Red shirt might take the magazine out.

And if the solution for the government is to armed the anti-riot force, i don’t think it is a suitable idea in this climate where people will out-number the riot police.

For the Red shirt leasers and protesters, this post a new question of their contact with security officials. Should leaders subtly encouraged the people to disarm the armed official by force of  protesters, while knowing that the weapon was loaded (and locked?) to obtain an evidence to call for more people to protest as the government is ready to kill the people? This was too dangerous to allow protesters to take the risk of an accident during the struggling moment when they try to obtain the evidence from the security official.

Later, Chatupon Phrompan denied that the leaders of the Rajaprasong stage did not have any motion for the red shirts at Phan Fa to broke into the parliament.

Post Today reported that:

ช่วงที่แกนนำอีกปีกกำลังสลายตัว นายอริสมันต์ พงศ์เรืองรอง ซึ่งอยู่บนรถปราศรัยหน้าประตูถนนอู่ทองใน ได้ฉวยโอกาสสั่งให้กลุ่มคนเสื้อแดงอีกกลุ่มบุกเข้าไปยังรัฐสภากลุ่มคนเสื้อ แดงเขย่าประตูก่อนปีนและขับรถชนพังเข้ามาในรัฐสภาได้สำเร็จ และปะทะกับเจ้าหน้าที่ตำรวจล้มระเนระนาด

“…Arisman Pongreungrong, on the mobile stage on Uthing Nai Rd., ordered another group of red shirt to break into the parliament …” Arisman is an official speakers and recognized leader of the Red shirts and he is entrusted to take care of the protesters in front of the parliament.  Should the Red shirt leaders and the red shirt protesters dismissed this action as merely anther pseudo red’s outrage? Anyway, the “evidences” was obtained, in a very needless manner. The government used this even to declare the sate of emergency, the red shirt leaders to call for more people to the protest.

It is not about the government and the People but how to ensure the right and safety of the party involved. I hope that the good means will take care of itself, while the bad means will unfold themselves.

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Red in EC

Some people wearing red shirts are seen to try to break into the Election Commission building. The red shirt leaders asked them to leave the premise, claiming anyone wearing red shirts and refusing to do so are not real red.

at 14.20 Kwanchai praipana asked the protesters to leave to prevent any justification of the further action from the government.

At 13.00 (matichon: http://matichon.co.th/news_detail.php?newsid=1270439179&grpid=00&catid=no) Red shirt speaker asked men to surround the EC Building to seek Aphichat Sukatkanont, EC Chairperson for a talk. (Bangkok Post: http://bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/173692/red-shirts-to-rally-at-ec)

In twitter some supporters said the soldiers were travelling out of the Infantry 11 in red shirts and on pick up trucks. This is not confirmed in the news yet and it is only red supporters’ speculation. However, why on earth they wanted to were red from inside the Infantry 11. Why don’t they wear normal uniform or something else when they leave, stop and change to red shirts when approaching the EC. Anyway, I don’t think the pseudo-red charge from red shirts will leave them with zero accountability with Thai media report.

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Red in EC

Some people wearing red shirts are seen to try to break into the Election Commission building. The red shirt leaders asked them to leave the premise, claiming anyone wearing red shirts and refusing to do so are not real red.

at 14.20 Kwanchai praipana asked the protesters to leave to prevent any justification of the further action from the government.

At 13.00 (matichon: http://matichon.co.th/news_detail.php?newsid=1270439179&grpid=00&catid=no) Red shirt speaker asked men to surround the EC Building to seek Aphichat Sukatkanont, EC Chairperson for a talk. (Bangkok Post: http://bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/173692/red-shirts-to-rally-at-ec)

In twitter some supporters said the soldiers were travelling out of the Infantry 11 in red shirts and on pick up trucks. This is not confirmed in the news yet and it is only red supporters’ speculation. However, why on earth they wanted to were red from inside the Infantry 11. Why don’t they wear normal uniform or something else when they leave, stop and change to red shirts when approaching the EC. Anyway, I don’t think the pseudo-red charge from red shirts will leave them with zero accountability with Thai media report.

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Explosion and Lack of Control on Explosives

Daily explosions have intensified in Bangkok. No information has been provided who did it. However, this proves that Thailand has very week law in controlling explosive were smuggled from weapon depots. Military weapons were smuggled out to create climate of security, so that the government will continue to impose Internal Security Act.

Indeed, the investigation should be able to trace marking on the explosives, when possible and also how the military weapons were smuggled out of the depot to Bangkok. The Security Act and the military watchmen around Bangkok cannot prevent explosion.

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Some Bangkok dwellers’ responses to the Red people

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Camera Angles and (Truth) and Reconciliation Mission.

This was meant to be a follow up post to the government’s website and narrative. I wish to thank Apiwat Saengpathaseema’s (Urban Media Society) footages he shared with friend in Facebook.

War Journalism: Point of views and Camera AnglesSince the occupation of Iraq, war journalism and coverage have brought recent reporting practices. One of them is journalists followed the advancing troops. It might be the first time, I reckoned that the ‘third party’ media can follow the troops and record the almost real time event at their own risk, instead relying on military clips. Coverage also shifted from air to ground or ground to ground strikes, represented by distant flash of light, aftermath of debris of buildings, to close up patrols and close quarters combats. Al Jazeera reported from the Iraqi civilians line. Fox reported behind the American soldier line. People will argue, ”What is ‘the’ truth?”

If journalists reported from behind the “friendly” troop line (A/Fox/ “pro-government”) is very possible to see a grenade fired or water bottle, sticks and stones thrown against journalists, rather than those fired from the same side they stood. Journalist are also likely to be injured from the “enemy’s/ red shirt” attack. They will be likely to see injured officers rather than effects that happened to the red shirts from riot control officer. They would obviously see burning bus running towards them, along with stones, stick and Molotov cocktails. They would be less likely to see people hit by bullets, like red shirts’ photos. Likewise, the red shirts (B) would see and affected by blank bullets, live bullets, etc. that riot control officers used against them.

The possibility that the reconciliation commission appointed by the government to take photos and footages from various positions depends on their understanding that a picture/photo may speaks a thousand words, but it could not represent the overall (I tried to avoid “whole/part”) realities. Additionally the selection of footages or photos could be heavily politically infused.
Even when they can obtain footage from “both” or “many” sides, the war journalism mentality that seek to document who started first will dampen the mission to initiate reconciliation.
Needless to mention that photos and footages from position A would be broadcasted extensively by the government. It would be promoted as the grand narrative of the even, reasons to implement emergency decree, etc.

Peace Journalism: From the Deep South and into Thin AirDuring the first two years of the deep south conflict, there were attempted to organized peace journalism workshops. Until recently, there are trips to Mindanao, lectures and more workshops I heard of until a non-journalist like me think that it might be possible to receive more intervention from trained professional. Yet, most reports we witnessed were strictly who, what, when, how, according to observation of journalists. Journalists can roamed rather freely, despite some blockade that they were not allow to cross. Some even reported from CCTV inside the Bangkok Metropolitan Police HQ or stand behind the army’s line. It was difficult to see “both” sides coverage from the same agency. I saw Thai agencies flocked together at the front line either immediately in front of no-go area or hovered around the army. Only several tried to be at C, that meant they had to arrive at the scene before a road or an area would be barricaded.
On content, the “why,” from people “who” did “what” from themselves were hardly possible. I understood that to a certain point, professional Thai journalists were even asked by red shirts to leave the protest site because of alleged ‘biased’ coverage. Many alternative media also discussed heavy government media interference.

Conclusion
Both the reconciliation commission and audience have to be mindful of physical standpoints and representation of the 13 April civil unrest. Manipulation of represented realities is highly political. In short, if you did not watch the X Men Origin: Wolverine, watched the almost end of it, where Silver Fox reappeared. (It is also applicable to “terrorism” metaphor, used by the governments.) That would be a conclusion for now.

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Two decapitations in the same paper.

One on Rama VIII bridge and several other in decapitation in the south.
a. Bangkok: Head of foreigner found hanging from city bridge. Probably the first head hanging there.
b.Yala: Insurgents behead man and wife in Yala

The unarmed victims, identified as Kongphet Janyarerk, 39, and his wife Yenjai, 38, were ambushed and killed while they were on their way to at a rubber plantation in Yala’s Raman district. The culprits decapitated them and took their heads away before escaping from the area.

Kompetch was a deputy village chief. Police speculated on Sunday that the rubber tappers were killed because the insurgents suspected Kongphet had been a government informer.

Thanks Bangkok Post for the “headless” incident report.

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Patience

Now the best weapon against the government by People’s Alliance for Somchai to Resign (PASR) can ignite several comment that the PM should resign. In Inept Under Siege, by Atiya Achakulwisut, Editorial Pages Editor, Bangkok Post, it is stated that:

I can sympathise with people who accuse Mr Somchai of being a puppet of his famous brother-in-law. He does look like a puppet, after all. The country is on the brink of a civil war and he had nothing to offer but the awkward stuttering over a poorly-prepared script which did not address the serious issue at hand.

As people are literally being beaten to death because of the colour of their shirts or their presumed association, the premier told Thais to play the proud and generous host to expatriates during the upcoming Asean summit, so that the world may appreciate our ability and potential.

Did the PM just go to Peru, or to outer space? Doesn’t he realise there might be no Asean summit unless he puts his brains to work and frees Suvarnabhumi from the siege?

I can’t call on PM Somchai to resign now, as it would mean bowing to what is essentially tantamount to an act of terrorism by the protesters. The PAD can’t be allowed to enjoy any sense of triumph after its damaging aggression at the airport and they must be taken into account for their treacherous act.

However, Mr Somchai and his cabinet must realise that it is their complete ineptitude – selfishness in some cases – that gives life to the PAD. It is their flaws which give the PAD a reason to exist. They are the “government.” They are here to “govern” the country”, not to outwit the PAD at all costs.

It can be argued that if only they had tried to do their jobs properly and not functioned only as a PAD rival, things would not have deteriorated so badly.

In a perfect-world scenario, a government that couldn’t defend its own seat of power – let alone an airport – from protesters, would have offered its resignation. To put all the blame on Army chief Anupong Paojinda is beside the point, they have been in charge of the country all the time. In Thailand, however, the democratic etiquette has yet to take root. We are hacking one another to death to defend our version of democracy after all.

At this point, I don’t think the government or the PAD cares how much damage they would do to the country and the people, with their high-stakes battle of wills. An appeal on altruistic grounds would thus be useless. (Emphasis added)

There are also some people sending SMS with “PM must stepped down,” probably with the same mentality that he could not “govern” or ensure law and order. The cabinet and the government’s “ineptitude” to end the siege and restore public order was probably the last tactic that PASR can use to create fail state and fail government or PM. When people would be worrying about export, tourism and investment, they could ask for a path which is less resistance and with more official responsibility. I am wondering if we would see “PM, please resign” thing more as PASR grew more persistence on their claim of space (not the number of people). It is not that people turned to welcome PASR, but the toll they have to pay, according to the government would be too high to carry on. If no one can make PASR quit, then to ask for a much needed peace, they might have to force a sacrifice out of the unwilling PM and his in-law to end it and save hemorrhaging country.

Still the pro-government will continue to pressure that they might address the issue personally and end it, yet this would not be good to the country, according to media and the public opinion. It would thrust PASR with its long awaited opportunity to cry “Government brutality, They allowed it to happen.”

An appeal to Somchai to resign because he contributed to the damage is extremely unfair. He should tend his resignation only when he or the cabinet of government alliance parties think that he cannot handle the situation. The next elected representative from PPP or any political party would risk the same fate. He could not safe democracy or avert the situation, but he can save rule of law against mob rule by just staying right there, even if he can do nothing.

It might hurt the country, but we need a lesson and a deep scar.

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