Red Shirt Protest Headlines – April 13-14, 2009

Red Shirt protest main page - March-April 2009


(Source: Daily News)

The stressful year of the cow - Daily News, April 13, 2009
Title: All cool for merry Songkran's day
Top left: The men in the window left to right: Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kajronprasart, Privy Council President Gen. Prem Tinasulanonda, Commander-in-Chief Gen. Anupong Paojinda
The sign under the window reads: Return home sons! [The refers to these authority figures telling the rural Red Shirt supporters to return to their homes.]
The man climbing a ladder on the building is UDD leader Chatuporn Prompan.
Below on TV, an NBT reporter throws water on a Red Shirt.
PM Abhisit Vejjajiva and Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Tuagsuban are on the roof of the car.
The man climbing the ladder to the Thaksin billboard is Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, who was accused by the red-shirt people of being involving with the PAD. On the back of his shirt is the word "foreign" referring to his post as Foreign Minister.
The sign that the buffalo is holding reads "Stressful year of the cow"

Army pressure ends Thai protest - BBC, April 14, 2009
...One such protest leader, Jakrapap Penkair, told the BBC that the campaign may be taken underground - and he did not rule out non-peaceful means in the future to remove the current "disguised dictatorship".
"The protest is over, the campaign is not. It fell on deaf ears as expected, but the showing off of the people's power could have changed [the government's] mind slightly.
"We move fast to the second phase... when they will be forced to hear us six months to a year from now," he said, without giving any details...

Who planned Bangkok's urban warfare? - April 14, 2009
From Urban-terrorism tactics alienating the public: ...They used public buses to block the streets, installed three gas trucks at Din Daeng, Ayutthaya Road and Soi Rangnam near Victory Monument and threw petrol bombs, sticks and bricks at the security forces.
The tactics are similar to those employed by the Krathing Daeng Group, which during the October 1976 crisis played a catalytic role in suppressing students at Thammasat University.
An ex-general by the abbreviated name of PP is believed to be the mastermind behind the current use of these terrorist tactics...


The Nation is referring to General Panlop Pinmanee


(Source: NBT)

Songkran on Khao Sarn Road - April 13, 2009
Traffic cam on NBT shows the very sparse crowd on Khao Sarn Road for Songkran. Usually it is like this.


Red protesters told to disperse; "arson" plots unveiled - The Nation, April 14, 2009

The "line up for 500 baht" gaffe - YouTube, April 14, 2009
Thanks to the many who pointed this out.

US condemns Thai violence by pro-Thaksin protests - The Nation, April 14, 2009


Red Shirt protest headlines - April 13-14, 2009

Daily News, April 14, 2009 - The headline in the black area says "Mark [PM Abhisit] arm-in-arm with Army to finish off the Reds”

ThaiRath, April 14, 2009 - Armored forces deployed to handle red shirt protest - Emergency decree announced in Bangkok and 5 provinces - the UDD broke the Prime Minister’s Mercedes Benz - Critical law announced to tackle protestors - Thaksin calls up mob to constantly continue protest

ThaiRath, April 13, 2009 - Hotel seizure protest troubles leaders - World’s scandalous issue

Daily News, April 14, 2009 - The Prime Minister’s secretary was taken by the reds

ThaiRath, April 14, 2009 - “Blockade and hunt” - The red shirt protest surrounded to break the window of the car that Prime Minister Abhisit and Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Tuagsuban sit in and at the same time the Prime Minister’s secretary Nipon Prompan was being taken out from the car and sent to the hospital.

Red Shirt protest main page - March-April 2009

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