Red Protests – April 16-30, 2010

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2Bangkok presents: The border of "Redland" in Bangkok - YouTube, April, 2010

Conflict Risk Alert: Thailand - ICG, April 30, 2010
[Thanks to Mud for pointing this out.]
...The country’s polarisation demands immediate action in the form of assistance from neutral figures from outside. It is time for Thailand to consider help from international friends to avoid a slide into wider violence. Even the most advanced democracies have accepted this...

Friday afternoon on Silom Road - April 30, 2010

Redland -- the world's newest sovereign state - Nation Blog, April 29, 2010

Baht to fall 6% on 'double top' versus yen: technical analysis - Business Week, April 29, 2010
The baht yesterday weakened against the yen as Thai security forces and anti-government protesters clashed in Bangkok, extending the nation's worst...

Thai chaos leaves power vacuum - AP, April 30, 2010
...It was the security forces who were afraid, he said.
"They couldn't believe civilians would dare to fight back," he said.
Government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said it was government policy to arrest the protest leaders, but it was up to the police to determine how to carry it out.
Such a lengthy disruptive protest would be unthinkable in more authoritarian countries such as Myanmar or China. Even in democratic countries, it would be hard to imagine police allowing demonstrators to take over a premier shopping district — akin to New York's 5th Avenue — and set up a protest camp...

Man from Phichit asks Democrat to help send him, 24 friends home - The Nation, April 30, 2010
...He said he joined the rally on Tuesday and was told he would be paid Bt200 or Bt300 a day.
...The man said 18 of 25 men from Phichit had their ID cards seized by some rally organisers.
...Kirkkiart said he will have to return to the rally site to sign his name at 6 pm before sneaking out again.

(Source: CNN screen grab)

Thailand on CNN - April 28, 2010
Thailand has finally made it to the top of CNN International News as compelling video of the clash at Don Muang was shown multiple times yesterday.

(Source: CNN screen grab)

Above: Red Shirt leaders also made attention grabbing quotes such as Weng (above) who threatened civil war in the country.

(Source: MCOT screen grab)

Above: Meanwhile, MCOT had a computer graphics reenactment of the movements of the soldiers (left) and the Reds (right).


Sae Daeng inspects his troops - France24, April, 2010

For lessons in democracy, Thailand should look at its neighbors - McClatchy-Tribune News Service, April 29, 2010

UAE residents warned over Thailand - 7Days, April 29, 2010
The United Arab Emirates’ government says people should not visit Thailand because of troubles...
Shinawatra currently lives in exile and is based in Dubai...

Share photos on twitter with Twitpic Dining at McDonalds after escaping from soldiers - April 28, 2010

Left: The most talked about photo of the moment: Wanted Red Shirt leader Kwanchai Praipana escapes from soldiers who broke up the Red Shirt march and eats at McDonalds in upscale Amarin plaza at the Red Shirt protest site at Rajprasong.

Also: Photos of the day's events by The Nation

Newin's return - April 28, 2010

Newin vows to protect the monarchy - The Nation, April 28, 2010

[Along with the government openly calling Chavalit Yongchaiyudh a "terrorist," this reemergence by Newin is highly significant. If not foreshadowing imminent action, it at least signifies that even the most opportunistic political players see the way of the future and are confident enough to stake out positions to be on the right side when trouble comes.
Up to this point, Newin and his Bhum Jai Thai Party have stood silently on the sidelines, ready to be part of a new coalition if the government fell and happy to let the Democrats take the heat from the Red Shirts.
But change must be in the air and temptations to take action and "settle" the problem are rife. Certain institutions are once again feeling the power mass of the establishment flow to them.
As a key villain (according to the PAD), Newin is making sure he is on the winning side and cannot be demonized along with Thaksin once the dust settles.
It is also significant that Newin has criticized Chavalit. Chavalit and Newin are two men thought to be able to command and control their own personal mobs of rural men willing to fight.
It will be interesting to see if Chavalit, a careful political animal, backs down or attempts to moderate his position.]

(Source: NBT screen grab)

Above: “T-Newssource” show on NBT
In the SMS crawl at the bottom of the frame: SMS 4678999 - Share your opinions through TV program - 3 baht per time
An SMS message in the frame reads: Doing bad things and then gaining good things never exists in Thailand

Government television explaining about the "terrorists" - April 28, 2010
The “T-Newssource” show on NBT has been attempting to explain recent events with considerable focus on "terrorism."
For instance, it points out exact postings on Sah Daeng's website about using M16 and grenades in Bangkok and then shows that this has happened. Sah Daeng is described as a rebel soldier who "likes to have his photo taken" (below).

(Source: NBT screen grab)

Above: An SMS message in the frame reads: Do you Red Shirts still want to be their [Sae Daeng's] victim?
Title at the bottom of the frame: Separate walk, hand in hand fight - Hiding the war tactic
[This refers to the claim by Sae Daeng and Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawasdiphol that they are not part of the Red Shirt group. However, the saying means they are still supporting the movement by performing terrorists acts.] 

Comparison - April 27, 2010
Comparison between the two Thai English-language dailies of April 27 using the same photo of the King addressing judges
At left is the more modern, sensational front page of The Nation and at right is the never-changing, traditional front page of the Bangkok Post.

SE Asia worries Thailand's unrest could spread - VOANews, April 27, 2010
...Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah says he is concerned that instability in Thailand could lead to a repeat of the 1997 Asian economic crisis. Then, the collapse of the Thai baht hurt investor confidence in the region.
"Well its rather too early to assess what would be the direct impact of the development in Thailand on the economy, but we did hope actually that it would not create similar situations [like] in the '90's when the contagion effect of the economic meltdown was felt in our region," said Faizasyah.  "But hopefully this is a very isolated case but we are also very hopeful that with our efforts together then we can resolve the situation in a peaceful way..."

Chavalit slams govt for 'cold-blooded murder' - The Nation, April 26, 2010
..."I condemn both of you - Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban - as murderers," Chavalit said in a bid to deflect the charges...

Thai PM says he is seeking political resolution to opposition standoff - CNN, April 26, 2010
...Abhisit said Monday, "We assumed office under the same means, under the same rules, by the same vote of parliament as the two previous administrations" elected after the coup...

Govt claims plot targets King - Network members include politicians - Bangkok Post, April 27, 2010

Video of Thaksin in Montenegro - YouTube, April 26, 2010

BTS skytrain halts operation - Bangkok Post, April 27, 2010
Update: BTS to Resume Service at 10 A.M. - TAN, April 27, 2010

Anupong must act - The Nation, April 27, 2010
...With that in mind, every group should thus stop pushing the army chief to “do something”, as in dispersing the crowd at Ratchaprasong. Instead, we should ask the army commander to do his duty of tackling the armed militants who are out there to terrorise people with their indiscriminate bombs and grenades. There is nothing political about that task. It’s all about security and it falls squarely on Gen Anupong’s shoulders. Against this menace, the army chief cannot refuse to act...

Red shirts block highways - The Nation, April 27, 2010
...Nationwide traffic disruptions as police, soldiers stand by, mingle while protesters search cars...

Crisis: Perils of military rule - Straits Times, April 24, 2010
...'We do not need to see very far. We just see Thailand,' she said. 'Thaksin was an elected person. The military seized the power from an elected person. The constitution was drawn up by the military,' she said...

No exit seen from Thailand's very un-Thai crisis - AP, April, 2010
[Thanks to Mud for pointing this out.]
..."A concession has to be made by both sides and soon, or the much-feared specter of civil war could become a new reality..."

New Politics Party: Red-shirts negotiate for amnesty - TAN, April 26, 2010

Stranded Britons turn to sport to let off steam in Bangkok - Telegraph, April 26, 2010

Self-coups and political regeneration - Trinidad Express, April 25, 2010
...What the United Front for Protection Against Dictatorship in Thailand was attempting to secure, viz instant dissolution of parliament and early elections, the government of Trinidad and Tobago was seemingly offering to its parliamentary opposition on a platter...

(Source: NBT screen grab)

2Bangkok Situation Update: The PM/C-in-C address and the government's challenge - April 25, 2010

...The abiding government/military hope remains that the crowds will dwindle, key Red Shirt leaders will be apprehended and smothered in legal cases, and that the army teaches a lesson to those who opposed it with arms. Thaksin influence has to dwindle along with calls for revolution and a new Thai state. All this has to happen within a framework of activities that restores the impression that the state is in control of the armed forces, police, security situation, highways, provincial halls, etc. A very tall order to get right....

Abhisit says investigation going on about attempt to block NBT's satellite signal - The Nation, April 25, 2010

PM says Khattiya, Chavalit connected to master plan of red-shirt movement - The Nation, April 25, 2010

[It is beyond extraordinary for Chavalit Yongchaiyudh to be publicly named like this. Since the 2006 New Year's bombings (which some alleged Chavalit staged), anger and resentment over Chavalit's activities has been boiling, but no one dared to publicly call him out.
As both a former C-in-C and prime minister with considerable rural power, he was perhaps the only person who had the residual authority to challenge the existing military power structure.
It is not feasible to reveal all the issues at stake, but it is interesting that the government and military seem to be aggressively widening the accusations and implications related to the Red Shirt rallies.]

Earlier Bangkok Situation Updates
Grenades on Silom and an offer of compromise - April 24, 2010
Present and Future - April 20, 2010
Botched raid and Anupong steps forward - April 17, 2010
Understanding what is going on - April 14, 2010

Like 'the last days of Saigon': Angry and stranded, 350 British tourists cause near-riot at Bangkok airport - Mail Online, April 24, 2010

Video showing the M79s being launched at Silom - YouTube, April, 2010

'Hotel Rwanda' banned, deemed too controversial - The Nation, April 23, 2010

2Bangkok Situation Update: Grenades on Silom and an offer of compromise - April 24, 2010

Thailand's red shirt rebels offer ceasefire in return for quick election - The Guardian, April 23, 2010

Army chief rules out the use of force - The Nation, April 23, 2010
...In the Army assessment report, the predicament was instigated by concerted efforts designed to grab power and overthrow the monarchy, she said...

BTS' security cameras confirm M79 grenades fired from Lumpini Park: deputy BKK governor - The Nation, April 23, 2010

Why the red shirts never targeted for grenade attacks? - The Nation, April 23, 2010
[There were also many attacks during the PAD rallies as well, but almost all of these targeted the PAD.]

Silom at 6pm Friday evening - April 23, 2010
via The Nation

Portsmouth couple stuck in Bangkok worried for safety - BBC News, April 23, 2010
..."I am a football fan and the tension was four times as worse as a match with away fans, it was quite eerie, I was scared...

Fortress Bangkok targets business - Asia Times, April 23, 2010
...Minister Korn notes that "nearly all of the private companies targeted by the UDD refused to kow-tow to Thaksin's government during the height of his power". Bangkok Bank and Kasikorn Bank locked horns with Thaksin and personal advisor Pansak in the early years of his administration because they refused to loosen lending requirements and foster the economic recovery he promised to orchestrate while on the campaign trail...
Few financial analysts and foreign investors who spoke with Asia Times Online said that they would favor a switch from Abhisit's team - perceived as competent technocrats - to an administration led by a former soldier and current Pheu Thai chairman, Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, who presided over the country's spectacular financial collapse in 1997.

Hotel Rwanda to be screened? - April 23, 2010
Some forums are claiming that Hotel Rwanda will be screened around town starting tomorrow to raise awareness of the danger of rising societal hatred leading to genocide.

Anger rises over Thailand protests - Belfast Telegraph, April 22, 2010

From Komchadluek, April 23, 2010
The headline reads: Silom people-Red shirt disgruntled - Police cannot bar [them from attacking each other] - Scuffle! - bottle thrown - firebomb thrown - UDD threatens to break the barrier - RPG attacks fuel storage targeted to sabotage - Red seizes the rail detaining 80 soldiers - ECC reports to court for the Democrat disbandment case - rush to finalize the verdict

(Source: MCOT screen grab)

Suthep address on TV - 23:35, April 22, 2010
Suthep claims M79 grenades at Silom were launched from the Rama VI statute at the entrance to Lumpini Park...

DPM Suthep: Authorities prepared to secure the area - TAN, April 22, 2010

Attack on Silom Road

(Source: MCOT screen grab)

(Source: MCOT screen grab)

(Source: MCOT screen grab)

(Source: MCOT screen grab)

(Source: MCOT screen grab)

Revised toll: One dead in Silom blasts - Bangkok Post, April 23, 2010

Police release Silom suspects - Bangkok Post, April 22, 2010

Five suspects arrested in Silom blasts - Bangkok Post, April 22, 2010

Video of the chaos at the Sala Daeng Skytrain Station

On the forum with some references to the Thai-language press

One dead, 75 injured in Silom blasts - Bangkok Post, April 22, 2010

More bombs go off in Silom; More than 20 injured - TAN, April 22, 2010

Explosions at Silom wound at least 8 - Bangkok Post, April 22, 2010

Assailants fired M-79 grenades at Sala Daeng skytrain station - The Nation, April 22, 2010

Bomb attacks hit Sala Daeng sky train station - The Nation, April 22, 2010

Does corruption create poverty? - Huffington Post, April 21, 2010
...Thaksin's Red Shirts are probably right in their implicit assessment that pro-people policies are more decisive than corruption when it comes to addressing poverty. Indeed, in Thailand and elsewhere, clean-cut technocrats have probably been responsible for greater poverty than the most corrupt politicians. The corruption-causes-poverty discourse is no doubt popular with elites and international financial institutions because it serves as a smokescreen for the structural causes of poverty, and stagnation and wrong policy choices of the more transparent technocrats...

Thai elite in denial over new Thailand - NST Online, April 21, 2010
[Thanks to Marc for pointing this out.]

Nigeria: Thailand - Protest capital of third world countries - Daily Champion, April 21, 2010
...various opposition groups/parties in Nigeria could undertake a study of mass(es) mobiliSation method used by the Thai's opposition groups (the red shirts). I am not saying that pro Nigerian groups/ Save Nigeria Groups have not tried. They have done very well. But
...the prolonged protest methods of Thai people usually send strong messages both to the international community and their national government. This is a tool the ordinary people of Thailand use very well. This approach (prolonged protest method), and the techniques of mobilising about 100,000 people and keeping them together for days deserves proper study...

Thai protests change political landscape - AP, April, 2010
An ex-Communist guerrilla, a one-time teen idol and a militant known as "Rambo" spearhead a surging peasant movement that claims to espouse democracy but pledges allegiance to a billionaire accused of gutting Thailand's democratic institutions...

For former Thai premier, exile but not irrelevance - NYT, April 20, 2010
...In the annals of disgraced and exiled former leaders, Mr. Thaksin can take his place as one of the most persistent. Not only has he maintained and played to a core of die-hard supporters at home, but he has also helped build them into a powerful force that now threatens the survival of the government.
He was the first elected prime minister in Thailand ever to finish his term and the first to be re-elected. Three and a half years after being ousted in a coup, he remains the most influential — and most disruptive — political figure in Thailand...

Uprisings against the New World Order: Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, and Revolution - Global Researcher, April 21, 2010

Situation update: Present and Future - April 20, 2010
[We received a big response to our previous situation updates, so here is another article with more thoughts on the present situation and some overriding issues.]

...the situation on the ground is not being dictated logically or legally by what should be done to counter the Red Shirts, but by the sum of what all the conflicting power interests are willing to have happen to benefit their various positions...

Analysis: Thailand’s ‘Red Shirt’ uprising echos bloody class wars of past - The Globe and Mail, April 19, 2010
[Thanks to Marc for pointing this out. Like much of what is written in the foreign press about recent events here, there is very little analysis in it.]
...The sprawling encampment of bedrolls, tents, and makeshift food stalls – and the upbeat but determined mood on the streets – reminds me of the days before the old order fell in Georgia in 2003, Ukraine in 2004 and Lebanon a year after that...

Whiff of rebellion spreads in Thai hinterland - NYT, April 19, 2010
...The station recently announced on the air that there were rumors that soldiers had been dispatched from Bangkok to stop the station from broadcasting. “A thousand people showed up in pickup trucks,” said Ruangyut Prasatsawatsiri, a local leader of the red shirts.
Mr. Ruangyut said that 90 percent of the local police were sympathetic to the red shirts and that they had passed information along. “We know all of their plans,” he said.

EXCLUSIVE - Thaksin urges snap poll to end Thai crisis - Reuters, April 19, 2010

From Komchadluek, April 19, 2010
The headline reads: "What will be will be" - CRES to manage the red rally - Increasing degree to seize Silom
The words on the red rally sign at top right: UDD kills soldiers…

Photo clarification - The Nation, April 18, 2010
...Nothing was doctored. There was no alteration whatsoever. We showed the photos as they had been taken.
Similar photos were published yesterday by other newspapers, showing crowds of the same size from similar angles...

Warning for international press - CNN iReport, April 16, 2010
...Shame, all the photos are badly retouched to grow the crowd. Look at "the Nation" and "Bangkok post" the 16 april 2010...

SHAME ON Government Thai medias, Shame on "Bangkok post", shame on "the Nation" - CNN iReport, April 16, 2010
Pink/yellow shirts where not more 4 hundred yesterday in Bangkok  street. They became 5 thousands with gaussian filter and artistic graphic...

Also: Thai government slander "Red shirt kill their own" - CNN iReport, April 17, 2010
...Then Thai army start to shoot to Red shirt protester by their sniper army in the building with real bullet. After the first one death the army try to steal the body like last year(2009) to secrete the NEWS...

From Komchadluek, April 19, 2010
The headline reads: The Nation’s graphic center insists no graphic montage for the pink shirt picture


Beware of populism - The Chosun Ilbo, April 16, 2010
...The reason why Thaksin's supporters long for his return despite his massive corruption scandals is that they have become hooked on his populist policies...

Focus on Thaksin as protest paymaster - Sydney Morning Herald, April 17, 2010

(Photo: Daily News, April 15, 2010)

Soldiers supporting the Red Shirts - April 16, 2010
Newspapers on April 15 were filled with comparison photos attempting to link the heavily armed men in black seen at the April 10 clashes to the Red Shirts. These efforts first started on blogs (here and here). At least one of the men in black claim the photos taken of him carrying guns was not taken the night of the clashes.

(Photo: Khao Sod, April 15, 2010)

Police raid on red-shirts' hotel bungled - Bangkok Post, April 16, 2010

Red leaders escape arrest - Bangkok Post, April 16, 2010
...Mr Panithan told reporters that the operation to arrest red-shirt leaders was "unsuccessful..."

60 pro-red politicians and businesspeople summoned for questioning - TAN, April 16, 2010

Red-shirts take high-ranking police officer hostage at SC Park - TAN, April 16, 2010

Forces surround 'terrorists' hotel - Bangkok Post, April 16, 2010

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