Downtown - April 15, 2010
Songkran on Khao Sarn Road (above) was not too crowded and definitely less chaotic than usual.
Nearby at Democracy Monument, people were cleaning off the graffiti left by the Red Shirts (below). More photos here and a video here.
Thai royal taboo under pressure - FT, April 14, 2010
Government distances itself from Thai monarchy comments - NYT, April 14, 2010
Military admits firing at reds - The Nation, April 15, 2010
Democrats urge Pua Thai Party to take responsibility for violence - TAN, April 14, 2010
Pictured man clarifies his position - The Nation, April 15, 2010
Thai democracy threatened by organized subversion - The Epoch Times, April 14, 2010
Ousting Abhisit may not end deadly Thailand protests - Bloomberg, April 14, 2010
Red-shirts deny terrorist connections - Bangkok Post, April 15, 2010
Anti-government protesters Thursday denied that the group was related to a group of terrorists that was involved in the shooting during bloody clashes in the Thai capital last weekend...
Situation update - April 14, 2010
2Bangkok has received many questions about the current situation. Here is an overview with some perspective.
What did Thaksin do?
Is the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) simply a “royalist group?”
Has the army chief split with the government by calling for dissolution?
Are the Red Shirt protests all about a “people power” uprising?
Attempts to determine the identities of Red Shirt gunmen - April 13, 2010
Here and here
Also: First day Songkran road toll: 45 dead and 607 injured. In comparison the clashes on Saturday resulted in 21 killed and over 800 injured.
Snipers - Daily News, April 13, 2010
More photos emerging of unknown gunmen who targeted commanders leading soldiers in the crackdown on Red Shirt protesters on April 10, 2010--including snipers in buildings on Ratchadamneorn Road with professional sniper rifles (top right).
Also: ISOC spokesman says military officer identified Romklao for assailants - The Nation, April 12, 2010
Col Romklao: Pre-meditated or accidental death - TAN, April 12, 2010
From Komchadluek, April 12, 2010
The headline reads: Army-Govt breaks - Army retreated! - Saying Mark [PM Abhisit] made wrong decision - Coalition parties pressure for house dissolution in 2 months
Death toll reaches 21 and a thousand injuries - A colonel from ‘Buraphapayak’ unit died
Who causes the strategic operation to fail!!!
Popular opinion urges for reviving negotiation - Chaos wreaks trouble - Loss of 35 billion - Shares plummet
World promotes peace approach - Japan doubts the death of [Japanese] journalist - Committee formed by four sides to be set up to investigate the cause of deaths - Denouncing the use of violence
From Komchadluek, April 13, 2010
The headline reads: Popular opinion urges negotiation - Denounces the use of violence
The coalition party’s ultimatum on constitution revision - Pressure Mark [PM Abhisit] to dissolve parliament in 2 months - Relations between government and army are breaking - Force withdrawn, canceling mob dissolving plan
Economic damage of 35 billion baht - Tourism in coma - Three countries ban tourists to travel to Thailand
Seeking Asean to discuss the Thai crisis - World promotes peace approach
Thai foreign minister: ‘Thaksin Shinawatra is a terrorist’ - Times Online, April 13, 2010
...“Hitler was elected, Mussolini was elected, even Stalin could say that he was elected also but what did they do to their very society? This is the question,” Mr Kasit said...
Respect people’s aspiration - Review Nepal, April 12, 2010
...The Sinawatra’s supporters including Thai people have been voicing for democratic right since 2006 when military had coup and dismissed the elected government of Sinawatra.
...The present Military backed government has been ruling the nation suppressing the voices of people and without any democratic base...
The violence of Thailand's tyrants - socialistworker.org, April 12, 2010
[Giles Ji Ungpakorn obviously wrote this... It is perhaps part of human nature for all sides to purposely mischaracterize what is going on in the service of goals they think are right.]
Thailand's right-wing government ordered its soldiers to open fire on pro-democracy demonstrators who have been gathered in the heart of the capital of Bangkok for nearly a month to demand free and fair elections...
Arisaman leads 300 motorcyclists to capture CAT Telecom CEO - The Nation, April 12, 2010
PM on air, announcing terrorists commit sabotage Saturday - The Nation, April 12, 2010
From Thai Rath, Column: Cartoon by Zia, April 12, 2010
The cartoon title reads: The people must die first [meaning the people must die first before something is achieved]
The words on the heart clapper reads: The red people asking for justice
The words on the foot clapper reads: The red people asking for the return of democracy
On the drawing of Abhisit at the top right: Toddler tyrant
(Source: Khao Sod, April 11, 2010)
From Khao Sod, Cartoon “Yam Yai” (Mixed salad), April 11, 2010
PM Abhisit and Deputy PM Suthep Tuaksuban are in a pot with "UDD" on the side. The wood burning underneath the pot reads: Double standards, Website blockade, PTV close order, Emergency decree
(Source: Courtesy of Stephff - The Nation)
- Red Shirts capture some APCs
- PTV signal is back on - Bangkok Post, April 11, 2010
- Government coalition partners meeting
- Death toll up to 20 and 842 injured
Roads blocked/Red Shirts moving to Thaicom building again - Bangkok Post, April 11, 2010
Assessing the situation - 10:26, April 11, 2010
* There is an uneasy calm this morning as well as shock at the resistance put up by the Red Shirts and the high death and injury tolls on both sides.
* The government is trying to present its side of the story--even having news reports in the Northeastern dialect to explain the situation to rural people.
* Perhaps most troubling for the government is that the situation on the ground is apparently unchanged--Red Shirts are still encamped at several key rally spots in town.
* While it is not clear what the next move will be, it is likely that the Red Shirts will feel their cause is considerably strengthened. The pro-Thaksin and then Red Shirt groups have been predicting and trying to provoke a violent crackdown ever since the 2006 coup.
* Of interest will be the military mindset. There has already been considerable chatter about alarm and anger among soldiers at how they were opposed on the streets of Bangkok by an armed force. This has undoubtedly led to coup rumors. Several factors could encourage a coup, particularly if the government coalition seems shaky, then controlling the military budget and the appointment of a new commander-in-chief in coming months would be of top importance. However, cooler heads will likely want to protect the military from further blame and attention now that the Democrats are in the hot seat for the moment. If the government really does seem to be unable to maintain control or implement its decisions, the possibility of a coup increases.
* The push and pull of previous days--with many demanding action while at the same time security forces being a hesitant to act fits the overall feeling of most political players. This idea is that the perfect outcome would be that the Red Shirts and the Democrats be either literally destroyed or have their reputations ruined, thus leaving a bright future for the coalition and opposition parties while shielding the military and police from blame for initiating violence.
(Source: Daily News, April 10, 2010)
The 17 - from Daily News, April 10, 2010
[Arrest warrants issued for 17 Red Shirt leaders for allegedly violating laws during the recent protests.]
Large photo at left: Veera Musikapong
Left to right, top row: Nuttawut Saikua, Doctor Weng Tojirakan, Kwanchai Praipana, Korkaew Pikulthong, Charan Ditthapichai, Darunee Kridboonyalai, Chinnawat Haboonpat, Wiphuthalaeeng Pattanaphumthai
Left to right, bottom row: Nisit Sinthuprai, Pol. Lt. Col. Waipoj Arpornrat, Army specialist Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawasdipol, Paijit Aksornnarong, Wisa Khanthap, Vorapol Prommikkabut, Samrerng Prachamrua, Adisorn Piangket
Chronology of Black Saturday - The Nation, April 11, 2010
Army spokesman: Soldiers held as hostage by red-shirt group - TAN, April 10, 2010
(Source: NBT screen grab)
PM addressing the nation
PM says real bullets only used to shoot into sky or self-defence - TAN, April 10, 2010
PM promises independent probes into Saturday killings - The Nation, April 10, 2010
BKK medical centre announces 11 killed, 521 injured so far - The Nation, April 10, 2010
8 dead, 486 injured from officer-Red-shirt clash - TAN, April 10, 2010
[Update: 23:09 - Erawan Emergency Medical Center says 11 were killed during the clash. 2 of them were soldiers and 9 were civilians. About 521 were injured.]
- Red Shirts regroup at Phan Fa Bridge.
- At least 5 dead. Some reports state that Reuters reporter Hiroyuki Miramoto was killed in the clashes. Some of the dead being displayed on the Red Shirt stage.
- Troops holding back. Red Shirts venting from the stage at Phan Fa Bridge.
First death reported at Kok Wua intersection - TAN, April 10 2010
First death reported at Kok Wua intersection after protesters clashed with authorities. Total number of casualties reported by INN put no. Of injured at 300, 64 are soldiers.
UDD calls for PM to leave country - Bangkok Post, April 10, 2010
Thai PBS says protesters return gunfire at troops - The Nation, April 10, 2010
- Grenades fired into government House compound.
- 8 seriously injured in clashes.
- Firefight consisting of Molotov cocktails and gunfire at Kok Wua intersection.
Soldiers exchange gunfires with red shirt protesters - The Nation, April 10, 2010
Red shirts threw explosives into soldiers at Si Yak Kor Woe site, injuring about 20 soldiers...
Unrest in Thailand - Boston.com, April 10, 2010
[Thanks to Nils for pointing this out.]
BTS services suspended; All malls around Ratchaprasong close - TAN, April 10, 2010
Troops try to evict reds from rally sites - Bangkok Post, April 10, 2010
Tear gas used on protesters, monks form barrier to protect protesters - TAN, April 10, 2010
Standoff between Red-Shirts VS soldiers at Region 1 Army HQ - TAN, April 10, 2010
Troops and riot police on the move - April 10, 2010
(Source: NBT screen grab)