Red Protests – May 1-15, 2010

Red Protests - May 1-15, 2010

Also: Red Protests 2010 main page

(Source: Channel 3 screen grab)

PM regrets loss of lives - The Nation, May 15, 2010

CNN breaking news on the PM's speech - YouTube, May 15, 2010
[Focusing on the PM's claim of civil war and the fact that the military are firing at people.]

Thaksin's harvest - Where red shirts hang their hats - The Economist, May, 2010
...Thailand’s political crisis is often framed, simplistically, as a battle between haves and have-nots. But in Mr Uthai’s village, there are plenty of pickup trucks and tidy houses. The question is who speaks for his generation’s children, who are moving to provincial cities, eager to trade up. They have middle-class aspirations but their economic interests, and the politicians they elect, are not those of white-collar Bangkok. Mr Thaksin won their hearts by swelling their wallets. A global boom helped polish his pitch. Mr Abhisit took power in a nasty recession...

Thailand is deeply fractured and anarchy has come closer - The Independent, May 15, 2010
[This is the only article we have ever read in the international press that correctly describes the ability of the Thai monarch to intervene: ...The monarchy cannot ultimately bring about reconciliation, but only supports or endorses an emerging trend or consensus...]

There is also this article in the New York Times

Thailand's escalating violence - CFR, May 15, 2010

Official website of Bangkok EMS - May 15, 2010

Tweeted photo: Paknam UDD men gathering at Imperial Samorng

Military sniper takes down armed red-shirt protest at Bon Kai - The Nation, May 15, 2010

Din Daeng on fire, 11 deaths, 140 injured - TAN, May 15, 2010

Bon Kai fire still blazing, 1 death and 3 injured
- TAN, May 15, 2010

US Embassy offers evacuation of families of staff - AP, May 15, 2010

Delivering tires to the Red Shirts to burn - 1 - 2 - 3

Red-shirt Facebook page issues call for help - The Nation, May 15, 2010
...The page also asked the red-shirt people to be careful, saying the black-shirt warriors and former Army chief Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh would help them battle the troops...

PM's Office Minister: "PM and Dep PM have not been shot. Just vicious rumors." - TAN, May 15, 2010

BANGKOK DANGEROUS - Timeline of Mayhem in Bangkok - Day 2 - The Nation, May 15, 2010

Timeline of Mayhem in Bangkok - Day 1 - The Nation, May 15, 2010

Tweeted photos - 1 - 2 - 3

(Photo: I Prahin)

Smoke over Bangkok - May 15, 2010
I Prahin took these photos and notes: View from Narathiwas (Chan Road) towards Lumpini (Rama IV) at 5pm today

(Photo: I Prahin)

From Komchadluek, May 15, 2010
The headline reads: Picking him off! [meaning "to cut off someone's head," "bump someone off," or literally "to pinch off someone's head"] Seh Daeng - Sniper shooting into the center of the mob - 2 bullets severely injured - Doctors’ rescue [his] life - UDD shaken - Hardcore to continue fight - Foreign media reports Seh Daeng life targeted, plan to pick off his head

From Daily News, May 15, 2010
The headline reads: Two mysterious bullets hitting the head of Seh Daeng [again using the phrase that means "to cut off someone's head," "bump someone off," or literally "to pinch off someone's head"] - [He] abruptly fell while giving interview to the foreign press - Coma state reported - Being rushed to hospital to save his life
The holy oxen eat grass - Enough water - Rice paddy fields in watershed area grow well - Rice paddy field in high land suffers loss to some extent [these are the predictions from the Royal Ploughing Day ceremony]

From Thai Rath, May 15, 2010
The headline reads: Sniper targets Seh Daeng - Suffers critical injury while giving interview to reporters - 3 M79 bombs at Sala Daeng - Cut off water supply, power, bus service, mobile

From Thai Post, May 14, 2010
The headline reads: Shooting ‘Seh Daeng’ in his head! Sniper from the high view/ M79 attacks and M16 shooting from the rally site

(Source: CNN screen grab from May 14, 2010)

Above: Reporting from the business district of Bangkok - CNN's Dan Rivers in full flak gear

Soliders being pulled out of their trucks and beaten at Din Daeng - YouTube, May 14, 2010

CRES on Thai TV - 20:45, May 14, 2010
Samsern: We warn people living in certain areas that there are groups with ill intentions that will attempt to create a situation...
Kasit, Samsern speaking in English: Blaming Thaksin for opposing the reconciliation plan that was accepted by the red leaders and saying that the military is using live ammunition under the previously agreed to rules of engagement... also interspersed in the talk are clips showing Red Shirt gangs unplugging security cameras and confronting troops on Sathorn Road.

More M79 attacks: Army bunker and Pathunam area- TAN, May 14, 2010

Montenegro bans Thailand's Thaksin from talking politics
- AFP, May 14, 2010
"We warned Mr. Shinawatra that, like any other citizen of Montenegro, he cannot abuse the territory of Montenegro for sending any kind of political messages to his followers or the followers of the current Thai authorities," Rocen told a news conference.
...Montenegro's officials have so far failed to explain how Thaksin, a former telecoms tycoon, obtained Montenegrin citizenship...

Thailand's unrest may unsettle region
- Guardian, May 14, 2010
[This article is simply bizarre. Something about Thaksin and the Reds getting amnesty so the "bloodstained" generals will not be hanged.... and also so that the deep south will not be influenced by al-Qaida and militant Islam.]

Authorities close Din Deang intersection as clashes spread - TAN, May 14, 2010

Four UDD leaders abandon rally
- Bangkok Post, May 14, 2010
..."We then could not come into terms because none of us want to be in prison without receiving a fair treatment," Mr Chinawat said. "If the emergency decree is revoked the police could detain us further for 84 days."
Mr Chinawat said Mrs Paijit had a sore throat and Mr Visa was taking care of her, while Mr Veera was not leaving the UDD but he was tired and he was still somewhere nearby the protest venue...

Possible car bomb defused by authorities near Ramintra Road - TAN, May 14, 2010

Natthawut warns big tragedy will happen Friday night
- The Nation, May 14, 2010

Tweeted photos from Rama IV Road - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4

Thaksin's new international lobbying effort begins:
Defending a controversial figure against ‘the people with bayonets’ - The Globe and Mail, May 14, 2010
...A government that is based out of a military barracks, whose genesis of power is a 2006 military takeover, who is operating on a constitution [introduced in 2007] that does not reflect the people’s will and was adopted during a period of strong military control … this is not a legitimate government. It’s very important that Canadians and others not allow the people with bayonets to use those bayonets to justify their ability to rule...

From yesterday: What to expect from Thaksin's new lobbyist Robert Amsterdam - May 13, 2010

Red-shirt leaders renounce reconciliation - TAN, May 14, 2010

Soldiers retake Ratchaprarop - TAN, May 14, 2010

Offices on Asoke asked to evacuate - TAN, May 14, 2010

Cameraman, foreign journalist shot - The Nation, May 14, 2010

Troops clash with protesters at Rajprarop - The Nation, May 14, 2010
...Protesters tried to ambush troops at the Rajprarop barricade at 2:15 pm, leading to an exchange of gunfire...

Troops fire tear gas at protesters at Lumpini Bazaar - The Nation, May 14, 2010

Photo of Red Shirt shooting a rocket

On the forum: Odds and ends mainly from the anti-Thaksin Thai-language press

UDD leadership in disarray as Veera is said to have quit - Bangkok Post, May 14, 2010

Reds' guards given beverage laced with sedative Thursday night - The Nation, May 14, 2010

Footage of an unconscious and bloodied Seh Daeng after being shot - CNN, May 13, 2010

Nation interview with Seh Daeng: 'Who would dare to get me'
- The Nation, May 14, 2010

...If Suthep surrenders to CSD, the protest is over?

As agreed. No one will give up. They are ready for a revolution. The hawks are ready to do it since Wednesday night. Arisman announced openly to bring back the 1997 Constitution and Thaksin.

...When did Veera leave Thailand?

Three days ago, because I revealed the infighting. The PM got angry with me over the road map, because they could not reach an agreement...

2Bangkok Situation Update: Colonel Romklao's revenge - May 14, 2010

Fact Report - May, 2010
Government website with an animated timeline of events.

Exclusive tour of Red shirts' container and command center - The Nation, May 14, 2010

Thai power grows from the barrel of a gun - ATimes, May, 2010
...It is thus ironic that more former communists are currently on side with the royalist PAD than the supposedly pro-poor UDD, which is simultaneously striving to restore the billionaire Thaksin's wealth and power. So, too, is the fact that while the UDD has called with revolutionary zeal for a new political order, the Thaksin-aligned Pheu Thai party that will contest the next elections is packed with old-style and corruption-tainted patronage politicians...

(Source: Nation Channel screen grab from May 13, 2010)

Above: Seh Daeng's bandaged head as he was wheeled from ER to surgery

Timeline of red-shirt dispersal operation - TAN, May 13, 2010
...Reports have surfaced that several key leaders of the red-shirt movement have resigned after Major General Katthiya Sawasdiphol, or Seh Daeng, was shot by a sniper this evening. They include Weera Musikapong, Wisa Kanthap and Paijit Aksornnarong. Meanwhile, several key members, such as Weng Tojirakarn, Jaran Dittapichai and Korkaew Pikulthong are considering leaving the movement.
- Almost no movement from Lumpini Park where another group of red-shirt protesters are gathering except earlier reports of street lamps being smashed and CCTV cameras destroyed by the red-shirt protesters...

(Source: NBT screen grab from April 28, 2010)

Above: Seh Daeng (middle, wearing a hat) in the Red Shirt rally site. He had repeatedly been named by the government as a terrorist and had vowed to maintain the Red Shirt rally even if the present Red Shirt leaders accepted the November election date. It is theorized that he was intent on maintaining the rally at Thaksin's orders although the Red Shirt leaders has secretly been negotiating with the government to bring the rallies to an end.

Dissident Thai general shot; Army moves to face protesters
- NYT, May 13, 2010
...He was struck in the head by a bullet during an interview with this reporter...

Outspoken red general shot and seriously injured - The Nation, May 13, 2010

20:07 - Urgent: The Nation Channel has announced a correction in a Tweet, saying doctors are still attempting to save Sen Daeng's life.

Seh Daeng on Wikipedia

Seh Daeng official website (blocked within Thailand)

20:01 - Urgent: Nation Channel reports Seh Daeng has died.

* More shooting and grenades reported at the southern Red Shirt barricades (at Silom Road).

* Key Red Shirt militant leader Seh Daeng shot and hospitalized.

* Some reports of protesters fleeing the rally site.


(Photo: Kewalin)

Southern billboard - May 12, 2010
This billboard in the Songkhla area reads: Muangkram people love and support PM Abhisit Vejjajiva - No parliament dissolution

Stop the red rally! - From Komchadluek, May 12, 2010
The headline reads: The UDD is dodging [dodging disbanding] by pressuring [Deputy PM] Suthep to report to the police - Stop the red rally
3 department stores suffered 2 billion baht loss - asking for free zone/tax exemption
Claiming DSI for being biased - Asking green light to be given to PTV

Fifty killings a day, but less risky for tourists than Thailand - Sydney Morning Herald, May 10, 2010
[The above headline has since been changed to "Fifty killings a day in South Africa - but tourists rarely involved"]
...Britons also have a greater chance of becoming hospitalized in Thailand, Greece, Egypt or India, where they can get mixed up in sexual or drug crimes, the ministry said...


Signs on Silom - May 11, 2010
Above: The topmost sign reads: Protecting nation and homes, in exchange of their blood and flesh, our duty is to maintain further [this is part of a song about Thai ancestors who protected the land and fought for the nation] - Silom belongs to every one of us - Silom residents help each other - Buy drinking water and refreshing towels for soldiers and police taking care of Silom
The bottom sign reads: Being born under the shadow of the Thai flag, everyone is Thai - Soldiers and police are far away from their families providing care for Silom which belongs to every one of us! Help buy drinking water, refreshing towels for soldiers and police—Silom belongs to every of us, do not let others to take the area.


Above: The sign reads: During 6:30am- 8:30am and 3:30pm-5:30pm cars traveling to the Naralom junction, please use the right most lane.

US rebuked for involvement in Thai politics - Bangkok Post, May 10, 2010
The US ambassador received a rebuke this afternoon from Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya for Washington's perceived intervention in Thai domestic politics, diplomatic sources said.
Ambassador Eric John was summoned by Mr Kasit at 4.30 pm...

Thailand's monarchy does not take sides - NST, May 10, 2010
...Fourth, any notion that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva "was never elected" is wrong. Elected member of parliament seven times since entering politics, he was voted prime minister by the majority of the House of Representatives in the same manner and by exactly the same house as his two predecessors. That members of the house switched their allegiance is not unusual in a parliamentary democracy...

Chaos in Thailand - The Irrawaddy, May, 2010
An unprecedented movement of rural working-class Thais challenges the Bangkok establishment’s hold on power...

Without discussion, democracy is doomed - Guardian, May 8, 2010
...Authoritarian, crude, and somewhat megalomaniacal (almost as though he were a king himself), Thaksin was a Thai version of Silvio Berlusconi...

Renegade joins Thai Red Shirts -, May 10, 2010
He boasts of killing 20 Thai communists and fondly recalls working with the CIA, but he denies charges that he leads a death squad that has engaged in bombings and shootings to help the anti-government Red Shirt protesters bring downtown Bangkok to a halt...

Policeman killed, 7 policemen, 2 civilians injured in double attacks - The Nation, May 8, 2010
[All of these events are just projections of behind-the-scenes political maneuvering. With all this political jockeying, there are plenty of factions who benefit from threats and chaos that can be used as a bargaining chip.]

Why Thailand's reds beat a retreat - Asia TImes Online, May 8, 2010
...Significantly, the US's accusations mirror many of the government's claims, and raise questions about how much support the US and other Western intelligence agencies have lent Abhisit and the military in helping to unravel the UDD's complicated underground networks, financial flows and command structures - including what role, if any, Thaksin has played in recent violent events...

More on the Aussie Red Shirt - May 7, 2010
A reader reports some info on the Aussie Red Shirt: ...There is a photo showing him dressed in yellow at a yellow-shirt rally two years ago!
Really. I've seen it. Looks like him. No name on that photo, and the owner is not giving permission to use it, so it cannot be run yet...
But it really looks like him. He's in a men's rom washing his hands, and he's looking at himself in the mirror. So you see his full face in the mirror. However the owner of the photo is not giving permission for the press to run it...

UPDATE: Another reader claims that the person in the PAD photo is not the Red Shirt Aussie: If you want to see the guy who is dressed in PAD garb from the photo, in the flesh walk down Soi Rang Nam and look for him sitting outside 7-11 opposite King Power. I swear it's him in the photo, I walk past him almost every night. He's definitely not an Aussie so I don't think they're the same guy.

Earlier: Wounded Australian on handouts takes to red shirt stage - Bangkok Post, May 2, 2010

Factbox: Countries warn against travel to Thailand - Reuters, May 3, 2010

Thailand crisis is not a struggle against elitism - Sydney Morning Herald, May 6, 2010
...Last, but by no means least, your Editorial touches on the issue of royal succession. Let's admit it: it is an extremely challenging task for anyone, including the Heir to the Throne, to match HM the King's feat of more than six decades of hard work to improve the well-being of His subjects and the ensuing respect He has rightly earned therefrom. HRH the Crown Prince is following His Majesty's footsteps, and he should be judged by what he will do for Thailand if and when he eventually ascends to the Throne. The Thai constitutional monarchy will definitely continue to play a constructive role for the Thai nation in the future...

Stop using media as a political weapon, journalists groups tell government, opposition - IFEX, May 4, 2010

Media groups slam Red Shirts for intimidating journalists - IFEX, May 4, 2010

About the dissolution offer - May 5, 2010
...The rudderless leadership of the Red Shirts after the hospital raid and Thaksin's hiring of a lobbyist firm a day before the Prime Minister's announcement all signaled that the dream of a quick dissolution was being abandoned and eyes were turning to new battlegrounds and goals...

Army chief's tactics force election offer - Bangkok Post, May 5, 2010

PM announces roadmap, sets election on Nov 14 - The Nation, May 4, 2010


Sacrifice - May 4, 2010
Several of these billboards have gone up both on the inbound and outbound Bangna Trat and the Rama 9 roads to the airport.
They read: We love HM The King - [We will] sacrifice blood for the nation
[The photo is from the grenade attack on Silom Road. The text refers to the sense that the Red Shirts are attempting to create a sense of insurrection and fears that any change of rule initiated by them would lessen or eliminate the Thai royal system.]

Dead or Alive - From Voice of Taksin, April, 2010
Back cover of the magazine. The words read: Arrest order - Alive or dead - Slaughtered people - Arrest reward of 100,000 baht to be granted at Ratchaprasong - Apply for Voice of Taksin subscription 081-2869708 089-4828586

Thai protesters should count their blessings - SFGate, May 2, 2010
...Laos last held an election in 1955, but the coalition government collapsed in 1958, and the country hasn't experienced even a breath of democracy since. Meanwhile, half of the nation's children are so malnourished that they are stunted, meaning they are not growing, either physically or mentally...

Divisive Thaksin looms over Thai protests - Reuters, May 3, 2010

Former Thai PM Thaksin throws down the gauntlet to government -, May 2, 2010
...“They want to crack down on the people, but there are a million red shirts”, he said. “The only way forward is to reconcile, but if they want to kill red shirts there are too many. Do they want to kill millions? The red shirts are everywhere.”
Thaksin said the government had run out of options, and should relinquish power or face a mass uprising that could envelop the entire country...

Wounded Australian on handouts takes to red shirt stage - Bangkok Post, May 2, 2010

Stalemate for a city and a nation - Washington Post, May 1, 2010
Weeks of protests in Thai capital have scared off tourists and spooked investors...

Hospital raid - Komchadluek, May 1, 2010
The main headline reads: 200 guards dare to invade Chula Hospital - UDD claims the hospital is hideout of military force - Weng [Weng Tojirakarn] says UDD to accept fault
Amnesty for gatherers - Separate fish from the water [this refers to UDD leaders, being compared with fish and UDD gatherers as water]  
‘Maew’ appears in Russia, showing picture to end rumor about death - Or [Potjaman] and children fly to Hong Kong
Patient-nurses frightened
Revealing the face covering man in black hiding themselves among reds

Pheu Thai website - May 1, 2010
Items on the Pheu Thai main page reads: Pheu Thai Party - Pheu Thai…for Thailand’s future
Dissolving Parliament…New Election - Respect the decision of the people - Pheu Thai Party
1 year of the failure of the Abhisit-led government - The economy damaged

News items on the left: Big Jew [nickname of Chavalit Yongchaiyuth] fights back over the claim of participating in a group toppling the monarchy
Chalerm interrogates government, stating he will take back from Democrats and Bhum Jai Thai parties

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