Red Protests – May 24, 2010

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(Source: Komchadluek, May 24, 2010)

From Komchadluek, May 24, 2010
The caption reads: Sleeping in different rooms, [but] why does the bed seems to be the same? - Catching mistakes - The picture that blogger ‘Khana’ presented in the website oknation.net showed some marks on beds of UDD leaders. The pictures were used by the police to show that the UDD leaders stayed in separate rooms. However, the similar marks on beds generate doubt and shows that the scene was set.

[After the embarrassing revelation that Red Shirt leaders were living in luxury in a resort style bungalow and were allowed access to mobile phones, the internet and were receiving visitors, the police rushed to release a new set of photos showing each leader sitting on a bed.
However, bloggers quickly discovered that the beds were apparently identical and just repositioned to stage the photos. This does nothing the assuage the fear that the Thai police are sympathetic to Thaksin and the Red Shirt cause. It also highlights that the ample application of money makes it very difficult to incarcerate influential people in Thailand.]

Nuttawut and other Red Shirt leaders living in luxury in government detention - Pantip.com, May 22, 2010
[The original thread seems to be gone, but the photos are also posted here.]

Surrendered leaders 'not living comfortably' - Bangkok Post, May 21, 2010
...He said that the five red-shirt core leaders who surrendered on Wednesday were put in the same room because of the limited space...

Red-shirt leaders' internet phones confiscated - TAN, May 22, 2010
Police Major General Prawut Thavornsiri admits that the initial imprisonment of the red-shirt leaders did not go as smoothly as they had expected...

Damage control: New photos to show Red Shirt leaders are not living in luxury - Tweeted photo, May 22, 2010

Why did so many civilians die in Bangkok violence? Rights activists want international investigation - The Star, May, 2010
...“Who is watching to ensure these people are not being beaten, tortured or killed? Who will know their fate? The risk of ‘disappearances’ is real. We hold grave fears for their safety.”
Amsterdam said international human rights agencies must be allowed in to act as observers to ensure that human rights are not abused...
[Of course the scandal is the opposite--that the Red Shirts are living in luxury under the care of sympathetic police officers. The Red Shirts are apparently allowed to receive visits from admirers who tweet photos of these visits to the outside world.]

Editor surrenders - The Nation, May 24, 2010
Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, leader of a leftist redshirt faction and editor of the Voice of Taksin magazine, surrendered to police Monday after the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) issued an arrest warrant against him for violating the emergency rule...


From ThaiRath, May 24, 2010
The headlines read: Car bomb revealed - interrupted before bombing Ratchaprasong - diplomatic military attachés invited to witness munitions from mob - Police hurry to clarify the released photos revealing police work on controlling UDD leaders
6 month pregnant woman savagely shot on the head by militants [in the Deep South]

From Komchadluek, May 24, 2010
The headlines read: Network members [Social network members or bloggers] urge to use reality show with VIP terrorists [meaning there should be 24 hour cameras to document their detention] - Revealing the set scene of detention - Clarifying the separate detention case but sleeping on the same bed [this refers to the apparently staged photos to show that the Red Shirt leaders are not living in luxury] - Rumor of Arisman’s arrest
Ambassadors shocked by the armament cache - many dangerous munitions - shocking 4 sets of car bombs intended to set fire to Ratchaprasong - Team to support victims set - Merit making ceremony for Bangkok on May 26

From Daily News, May 24, 2010
The headlines read: Mistakes observed on the use of same bed - [scene set for] photograph taking to show [the public] - scene set for UDD leaders’ detention
CRES presents Red Shirt's munitions store [on display] in front of diplomatic attaché teams from more than 50 countries, revealing 4 car bombs prepared - Dead toll reaches 85 and injury toll of more than a thousand
[Across the very top is an advertisement for a football match and  a coupon to win 41 million baht.]

‘One moment in my city': Alcoa exchange student urges Thai protest understanding - Daily Times, May 24, 2010

Punch to punch - From Thai Rath, May 24, 2010
Left: Former Prime Minister Banharn Silapa-archa: Passing this to Thaksin who cannot dismiss involvement in this. Listen to my suggestion, come and talk about everything. We have known each other for a long time, but today the nation is being totally destroyed.
Right Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra: I am not a terrorist, never ordered someone to do anything, especially by the use of violence. I believe in the principle of peace and non-violence and deny violence.

Filipino activists denounce crackdown in Thailand - GMA News, May 24, 2010
Filipino activists called on the Thai government Monday to take full responsibility for the violent crackdown on Red Shirt protesters in a picket outside the Thai Embassy in Manila...

Bitter Thai 'Red Shirts' promise further rallies in north - AFP, May 24, 2010
..."I am happy Bangkok was in flames. Let the rich feel what suffering means. Abhisit must tumble," she said, referring to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, whose government the Reds say is illegitimate and army-backed...

Finale to Thailand protest stuns veteran correspondent - The Australian, May 24, 2010

From Thai Rath, Cartoon by Zia, May 24, 2010
The cartoon headline reads: Mass tragedy of the century
The words on the collars of the three masked figures: Independent organizations, Two standards law, Press
The very small word close to the arrow at the top right read: Soidao Mountain [this refers to the land encroachment case involving with the Soidao Highland golf club and insinuates the prime ministers is being controlled by a corrupt Privy Council.]

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