Catching the Red Shirt gunmen


(Photo: Daily News, January 22, 2011)

Above and below: The caption reads: Seizure of the UDD guard – DSI announces the arrest of Manop Charnchangthong, former UDD guard, following a terrorist charge. The alleged is claimed to be involved in a gun robbery [from soldiers] and a gun fight with soldiers and officials. The arrested denies the charge.

Catching the Red Shirt gunmen – January 25, 2011
Authorities apprehended perhaps the best-known Red Shirt gunman, Manop. He was one of the first identified when bloggers started to notice Red Shirts guards behind the stands at the rallies were also photographed carrying weapons during the melee at Ratchadamneorn Road in April, 2010 (see below).


(Photo: Daily News, January 22, 2011)

Earlier: Attempts to determine the identities of Red Shirt gunmen – April 13, 2010
Here and here

Earlier: 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


(Photo: Daily News, April 15, 2010)

Earlier: 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)

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2 Responses to Catching the Red Shirt gunmen

  1. johninbkk says:

    More info can be found here:
    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/home/2010/04/15/national/Pictured-man-clarifies-his-position-30127201.html

    “The redshirt leader then presented Manop to members of the media, saying that the redshirt guard had seized weapons from soldiers and was taking them over to display on the Phan Fa stage – not the Khok Wua intersection or the Satri Witthaya School intersection as alleged…He added that he did odd jobs for a living and had never been trained in the military. He also said that since there were no other guards at the Satri Wittaya School, he singlehandedly unarmed the soldiers marching past.”

    Given the improper way he is holding the weapon in the images, and the number of photographs taken (meaning it was publicly done), it’s definitely believable.

  2. MichelinMan says:

    Water melons!

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