When protesters jeered Thaksin, the men charged the protesters and beat them bloody while the police stood by watching. Thaksin's confidence was such that this went on in full view of the media.
In the context of the classic Thai "big man," the public beatings were a warning that Thaksin had been pushed too far by his opponents and thus should be expected to go to any lengths to assuage his hurt feelings and protect his reputation.]
Right: Daily News, August 22, 2006 - 2 mobs “chase vs cheer” for Thaksin - Worldwide shame - Bloodshed strikes in front of shopping mall
|Left: Matichon, August 22, 2006 - Fear for recurrence of October 6th - “Like vs detest” over Maew charged again - Old aged and females hurt|
|Right: Khao Sod, August 22, 2006 - Once again, Maew “promote-banish” beaten at Central World Plaza|
|Left: Kom Chad Luek, August 22, 2006 - Smash up of the anti-Thaksin - Aged and females included - A hundred police disregard|
Police charge mystery duo for assaulting - The Nation, August 22, 2006
Police and 3 injured seek video footage of clashes - The Nation, August 22, 2006
The Nation, August 22, 2006 : Photo shows all young men who involved in attacks on Thaksin’s opponents at Central World Shopping Complex on Monday wore brand new white sport shoes and white wristband. These confirmed earlier suspicions that the attacks was an organised efforts.
Law society accuses police of letting Thaksin's supporters attack protesters - The Nation, August 22, 2006
"Men in black not ones of us" Special Branch police chief - The Nation, August 22, 2006
Pale PM looks weary of dodging 'guerrillas' - The Nation, August 22, 2006
...While observing the exhibition at Central World Plaza, Thaksin recited a poem by Sri Praj, one of Ayudhaya's greatest poets, to a group of children. "This Land bears witness for me. I am a disciple with a master. If I do wrong, I would be glad to go to the scaffold. If I do no wrong and you insist on killing me, let the sword return to you," Thaksin said.
Then he turned to the children and said: "The situation is like mine now. I have to go this way..."