Red Protests – May 25-26, 2010

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(Photo: Khaosod, May 26, 2010)

Skytrain snipers and the temple
[The latest controversy is the existence of a BTS sniper team stationed above Pathumwanaram Temple.]

Above: From Khaosod, May 26, 2010
The caption reads: Picture reveals - The picture shows 2 soldiers stationed at the BTS station and pointing guns at Pathumwanaram Temple which is designated as a safe zone. The picture was taken on he evening of May 19. Deputy PM Suthep dismisses the claim that the CRES dispatched soldiers to stay at the BTS Station [According to CRES, no soldiers were dispatched to the Siam BTS station or were involved in the shooting at the Pathumwanaram Temple.]

(Photo: Khaosod, May 26, 2010)

From Khaosod, May 26, 2010
The caption reads: Stationed until morning - The picture taken at around 8 am on May 20 which shows that the soldiers stay on the BTS rail route in front of the Pathumwanaram Temple. Meanwhile the team of police, interior officials and Public Health ministry inspected the dead bodies of 6 people. Witnesses insisted that the bullets came from the direction of the rails.

(Photo: Khaosod, May 26, 2010)

From Khaosod, May 26, 2010
The caption reads: Loss - The facial expression of parents of Kamonked Akharn and father of Mongkol Khemthong, volunteer rescuers who both died in the shooting attack at Pathumwanaram Temple on May 19 in the evening. The PM sent a flower wreath for the funeral. The cousins of the deceased did not show the flower wreath from PM in front of others at the ceremony. A source says that the family wanted to avoid political conflicts or had private reasons for this.


May 25, 2010- The banner reads: Confidence in Thailand, Together we stand for better future
[This was an event at Rajprasong on May 25, 2010 attended by the Bangkok governor.]


May 25, 2010 - Security precautions: Soldiers dismantle a sandbag bunker after the Bangkok governor leaves.


May 25, 2010 - The banner reads: Together help clean Bangkok - Together we can - Date May 23, 2010
[This is one in a series of government public relations initiatives rolled out after each period of Red Shirt agitation.]


May 25, 2010 - Singed sign on Rama IV

On the forum: "The Head" at Ratchaprasong

As Bangkok burned, the Head watched - Business Standard, May 26, 2010

Reconciliation in Thailand 'very far away': Thaksin - AFP, May, 2010

Thai office describes report on Thai politics as `groundless' -, May 26, 2010
...The letter was in rebuttal to an op-ed piece published May 19 in the Taiwan News, titled "The Warning for Taiwan in the Thailand Crisis." The Thai courts were impartial in their guilty verdicts against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his allies for corruption and electoral fraud, and it was Thaksin himself who jumped bail and fled overseas, rather than the Thai Supreme Court confiscating his bail and ordering his arrest...

Fugitive ex-leader denies financing Thai protests - NYT, May 26, 2010

I would not come back to France: Thaksin - Straits Times/Asia News Network, May 26, 2010

Thailand is on the brink - The Japan Times, May 26, 2010
...How would Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama have reacted if Okinawan protesters against U.S. bases sat in in the Ginza and stopped 65,000 people from going to work for two months while roving rebels surrounded the Diet, threatened to lynch the prime minister and threw blood at his official residence?
...To Abhisit's credit, he is seen as the cleanest Thai politician in a blue moon. He is also probably the most intelligent and thoughtful leader that Thailand has seen for a generation. His government has begun measures to address the grievances of poorer people through farm support, reducing the grip of moneylenders and combating corruption, all of which have been put to Parliament — an institution that Thaksin ignored except when he needed it as a rubber stamp.
Abhisit dithered and failed to clear out the protesters early on. Now he has to rediscover his backbone and walk the fine line between being a strong leader and one who listens and tries to ameliorate the genuine grievances of his people. At some point soon he needs his own election victory to show that he is his own man, not a puppet of the elite.

The failure of Thailand's democracy - New York Times, May 25, 2010
...“Thailand is not really in such bad shape,” he said. “There’s no ethnic conflict; there’s a strong sense of national identity; it’s got a lot of economic promise. As bad as Thaksin was, after a cooling off period, it has no choice but to go ahead with new elections, and to let the chips fall where they may.”
But Thailand may, Mr. Kaplan allows, be a weaker, less certain and less confident country than it has been in the past, and that is not good for the prestige of the political path advocated by the United States.
In this sense, it’s easy to imagine what leaders in places like Beijing have been saying to each other as the events in Bangkok have unfolded: something like, “There but for the grace of Chairman Mao, go we.”

Army task force denies role in killing 6 at temple - Questions raised over 'skytrain special forces' - Bangkok Post, May 25, 2010

A battle over spin - The Nation, May 25, 2010
We have to watch out for the Reds' spin. The Reds have been quite effective in the international front. This spin is not a recent phenomenon. Rather, it is a carefully crafted maneouvre, one that has been going on over the past three years...

Aussie arrested over Thai protests -, May, 2010

Jailed Aussie 'braved bullets' for Thai peace - ABC, May 25, 2010
...Purcell said he was a liaison for the military because he was the only one prepared to run through the bullets, an act he says earnt him two wounds from silicon bullets.
He also maintains he is only facing a charge of breaking the government-imposed curfew, which can carry a penalty of two years in jail.
But this is at odds with what Thai newspapers and Australian officials are saying, which is that Purcell may well face charges of inciting violence as well as immigration offences...

Conor David Purcell and his 15 minutes of fame, Thailand -, May, 2010

The curious case of Conor David Purcell -, May, 2010

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