Red Shirt Protest Headlines – April 15-30, 2009

Red Shirt protest main page - March-April 2009

Clowns aplenty in parliament circus - Bangkok Post, April 23, 2009
...Here are some examples of the “garbage” discharged by Pheu Thai MPs, especially Surapong Tovichakchaikul from Chiang Mai and Chalerm Yubamrung:
+ Red-shirt protesters were not responsible for the collapse of the Asean plus 3 and Asean plus 6 summit in Pattaya. It was the Abihsit government which cancelled the summits and it was the blue shirts who provoked the red-shirt protest.
+ The LPG gas truck which was parked near the Din Daeng apartment with its valves open was not the work of the red-shirt protesters, but outsiders masquerading as red shirts.
+ Red-shirt protesters did not harm or smashed the car of Niphon Promphan, secretary-general of the prime minister, at the Interior Ministry. On the contrary, they were there to rescue Niphon.
+ Red-shirt protest was peaceful and they did not cause any hardships to the people in Bangkok. They went on rampage after they were provoked by the government which declared the state of emergency in Bangkok.
+ The declaration of state of emergency was totally unjustified because there was no emergency situation in Bangkok...

Right: Komchadluek, April 21, 2009 - It reads: Some of the Red Shirt UDD leaders who have arrest warrants on their heads and rewards for useful information that leads to their arrest.

Interior Ministry mayhem - Police offer bounty for info on suspects - The Nation, April 20, 2009

...Meanwhile, red-shirt co-leader Jatuporn Phrompan said he had just had a telephone conversation with ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra on Saturday.
He quoted Thaksin as saying that the Songkran mayhem, such as the torching of buses, were done not by the red shirts but the blue shirts, who are state officials in disguise to wreak havoc and pin the blame on the red shirts.
He accused Abhisit of picking on the red shirts while neglecting to enforce the law on the yellow shirts...

Moving into ‘action’ phase - The Straits Times, April 20, 2009
... "I believe people are now planning and thinking whether or not peaceful means serve them best. We are not encouraging violence, but have to admit that people have been repeatedly disappointed."
"Legal standards have been clearly unfair and unjust. I am not saying there will be violence I the days ahead. But the remaining opportunities for a peaceful solution are every day decreasing.
“We still talk about a peaceful way in which people can get their rights back. But people have the right to defend themselves against aggression," he said...


Where Thaksin went wrong - Bangkok Post, April 19, 2009
...The PAD's "final solution" was taking the airport hostage. Sure, there were weapons, violence and deaths. But there was also organisation to the movement. Key leaders were always visible, leading the charge, keeping the mob under control. For the rest of us Thais, Suvarnabhumi is way over there - isolated, way, way, way over there. It was annoying. It was unfortunate. It was inconvenient. But it did not threaten people of their properties. It's not right outside our windows. Unless a trip was planned, it didn't directly touch us.
The UDD's "final solution", on the other hand, was to take over Bangkok. Oops. Who thought that one up? An armed mob running amok all over the city. Key leaders were nowhere in sight. Citizens were threatened and killed. Yup, that will win over public opinion alright. Their actions were way, way, way too near and menacing for comfort. People's revolution? Nope, mob rule...

FTI: Damage greater this time - Scenes of violence alarm investors - Bangkok Post, April 17, 2009
...The damage to investment sentiment from the Songkran unrest will definitely be greater than the economic fallout from last year's airport closures, particularly in terms of country risk, say business leaders.
Physical attacks on a minister and VIP guards, in particular, have portrayed an image of an uncivilised country, which will take a very long time to recover...

Sondhi of PAD survives shootings - Bangkok Post, April 17, 2009

Media mogul Sondhi's car ambushed - TOC, April 17, 2009

Also:

Jakrapob's website is blocked within Thailand (when accessing the site starting with "www"). However, the website itself is apparently offline.

The Economist will not be distributed in Thailand this week because of a critical editorial.

DTV now MVTV - April, 17, 2009
The broadcast DTV has been switched to MVTV--a combination of infomercials, patriotic videos, and a news report on the Red Shirt leaders arriving at court. The DTV website is also offline.

Red Shirt protest main page - March-April 2009

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