May 16th, 2010

Prison chiefs spend 30k on junket – Outrage as bosses see how justice is handed out in Bangkok

Prison chiefs spend 30k on junket – Outrage as bosses see how justice is handed out in Bangkok newsoftheworld.co.uk, May 16, 2010
Prison bosses splashed out 30,000 to send staff to Thailand – to find out how we can learn from a jail system where prisoners are clamped in leg irons and executed…

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Sunday afternoon on Silom Road – May 16, 2010


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Sunday afternoon on Silom Road – May 16, 2010
Also: Sathorn Road


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Above: Note the plume of smoke from a rocket the Reds were shooting at a helicopter


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Next page -> Sathorn Road


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Next page -> Sathorn Road

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On Sathorn Road – May 16, 2010


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Sunday afternoon on Sathorn Road – May 16, 2010
Also:
Silom Road


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Also: Silom Road

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2Bangkok Situation Update: Claims of civil war

Above: From Truth Today, May 7-10, 2010 –
The caption reads: No description [The Thai letter on the man behind Abhisit is “por-pla." This initial is meant to imply that several top people such as Prem, Pruyuth, Pok [Anupong] , etc. desire death and chaos.]

Yesterday, at the height of the rioting in Bangkok, a group of older cleaning ladies were in my office. They were all from the provinces as most of the physical laborers are in Bangkok. When they saw MCOT running on a TV with various government figures and commentators, they started telling me how these people were no good and were all going to be killed soon. They kept pointing to the government men on TV and then making the "slit throat" gesture with their fingers.

Events of recent years have unleashed a huge amount of partisan information and unbridled hate into the political system that will likely challenge the Thai political system for years to come. However, it is important to contrast the distant and fearful international view of what is happening (such as CNN coverage that is focusing on violent events on the ground) with the background detail of what is propelling events and how they might play out.

The Democrats, the military, and Pheu Thai are all focusing on how these events are perceived by the public and what ramifications the actions now might have legally in the future or during the next election.

Claims by the Prime Minister of "civil war" have less to do with the ability of the Red Shirts to conduct civil war and more about justifications for tough action that will be taken. Such claims are part of an overall media campaign on local TV screens to prove the Red Shirts are violent and bent on "disunity" (more about Thai unity here and here.)

The end to the rallies was almost achieved last week through a secret, separate peace negotiated with the Red Shirt leadership, but this was
sabotaged by Thaksin who attempted to have Seh Daeng discredit and replace the Red leadership so the fight would continue. This led to Seh Daeng’s shooting (more about this here).

One fear is that violent activity in another part of the city or country could occur suddenly, but many of the hired guns and radical political young men have been drawn into the scuffles in Bangkok already. Newin and Chavalit undoubtedly have forces of their own and there are numerous semi-militant cells in the the North and Northeast.

However, the height of military involvement and the unshakable government coalition makes it clear to all that near term dissolution will not be tolerated–it is only a question of who gets wiped out during this operation and who the results will negatively impact.

The resolve of the military will be closely watched. Up until a few days ago, it was unclear if there was a willingness to confront the Red rally–especially at the south end of the site where Seh Daeng was controlling cells of militants who constantly skirmished with troops on Silom. The present operations–beginning with the removal of Seh Daeng–shows something has changed and there is some commitment to act though a final clearance plan. A coup still remains unlikely, but if one should occur it would indicate the need to go beyond legal norms in liquidating perceived threats to the state.

It will be up to the Red Shirts to prove they can field thousands more men from the provinces willing to fight their way into Bangkok. In the past, despite these types of claims, masses of real fighters on this scale have never materialized.

The government is moving through this minefield, but also seems confident that slowly increased pressure will bring the protests to an end and result in the incarceration of the Red Shirt leadership. Just like during the April 2009 rioting, the Red Shirts are purposely being allowed to run riot and then clips of this are repeated over and over on TV in a public relations campaign to prove to the public the Reds are rowdy and violent.

We previously mentioned, the desire all around is for the dual destruction of both the Red Shirt leadership and the Democrats for the purposes of future politics. This means many players will want the end to be as bloody and messy as possible. This means the Democrats’ goals are becoming clear as well–serve out as much of their term as possible after removing any further threat of mass rallies during their remaining tenure–so this has to mean capturing or co-opting the Red leadership.

Those with a less politically centered view will be working to one goal after the Red leadership is deposed of–to ensure that the roused Red masses reassemble under the leadership of conventional political parties and will not again be harnessed again for more revolutionary goals.

Further in the future the question remains, can the military and the establishment tolerate the seating of a Pheu Thai government controlled by Thaksin?
All of 2008 was a stalemated battle with Thaksin’s People Power Party which expedited cases against the opposition, allowed anti-monarchy threats to proliferate, and halted official government activities in an attempt to change the constitution and pardon Thaksin.

It is likely that a blizzard of legal and procedural changes will be enacted in an attempt to combat a return of a Thaksin-controlled party. And certainly there will be further attempts to wean or split the Pheu Thai Party from Thaksin through ambitious figures like Chalerm Youbamrung.

Finally, the nature of media
and modern campaign organizing techniques have enabled Thaksin to rouse legions of rural people with new political aspirations and expectations (more on this here). The definition of democracy for most of these people is the ability to make money and be prosperous and secure. This comes from the tradition of aligning oneself with powerful "big men"–like police or military men, other family members, employers, or politicians.

If all of these people can be harnessed to support the Pheu Thai Party,
it will mean more worries for the establishment. However, it is thought that most of these rural voters are personally opportunistic about their votes and may be open to supporting any number of political parties that offer change.

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Pantip.com Rajadamneorn forum closed

2Bangkok Situation Update: Pantip.com Rajadamneorn forum closed – May 15, 2010

Pantip.com’s political discussion forum has been closed because of the political turmoil. This is not the first time the forum has been temporarily shut during times of political high tensions.

While this is a form of self-censorship, it is also seen in the Thai world as being responsible. Thais are taught from birth a mantra of "unity" for the nation. The heated and free-wheeling discussions on the boards, filled with invective and threats, strikes at the heart of Thai expectations that society should be united.

Such venues for free and anonymous speech have yet to be integrated into accepted Thai norms. As it stands now, they are regarded and used as just another tool of brute force political campaigning.

It was widely suspected that during the Thaksin government years, legions of paid posters began flooding forums with pro-Thaksin comments and systematically threatening those with other opinions. This was thought to be part of the overall plan to tame media opinion of the government.

Later, discussion of the monarchy became an issue. It was clear that many Thais were genuinely interested in a reasoned discussion of the institution in the safety of a forum interface, but it was unclear where the lines were going to be drawn.

Then, in 2008, a proliferation of anti-monarchy websites and other rhetoric appeared. These were generally allowed to continue without official interference until the Democrat-led coalition came to power and a new mass blocking program began in earnest.

Whatever the right and wrong of this, it is certain that the authorities (and Thai society) will continue to be extra sensitive about these issues considering the place we are in this era and with the Red Shirts fighting in the center of Bangkok.

It is also always worth noting how limited internet penetration is in Thailand. However, even those in the most remote areas can receive constant SMS updates on their mobile phones from the news gatherer of their choice.

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Red Protests – May 1-15, 2010

Red Protests – May 1-15, 2010

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(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 closerThe 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 KaiThe 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 staffAP, May 15, 2010

Delivering tires to the Red Shirts to burn123

Red-shirt Facebook page issues call for helpThe 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 2The Nation, May 15, 2010

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

Tweeted photos123



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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


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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 DaengYouTube, 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 areaTAN, May 14, 2010

Montenegro bans Thailand’s Thaksin from talking politicsAFP, 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 regionGuardian, 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 spreadTAN, 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 RoadTAN, May 14, 2010

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

Tweeted photos from Rama IV Road1234

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 reconciliationTAN, May 14, 2010

Soldiers retake RatchapraropTAN, May 14, 2010

Offices on Asoke asked to evacuateTAN, May 14, 2010

Cameraman, foreign journalist shotThe Nation, May 14, 2010

Troops clash with protesters at RajpraropThe 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 BazaarThe 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 quitBangkok Post, May 14, 2010

Reds’ guards given beverage laced with sedative Thursday nightThe Nation, May 14, 2010

Footage of an unconscious and bloodied Seh Daeng after being shotCNN, 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 centerThe 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…



(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

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.


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

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 Thailandnews.net, 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 attacksThe 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 retreatAsia 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 stageBangkok Post, May 2, 2010

Factbox: Countries warn against travel to ThailandReuters, 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, oppositionIFEX, May 4, 2010

Media groups slam Red Shirts for intimidating journalistsIFEX, 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 offerBangkok Post, May 5, 2010

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



(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

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 blessingsSFGate, 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 protestsReuters, May 3, 2010

Former Thai PM Thaksin throws down the gauntlet to governmentemergingmarkets.org, 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 stageBangkok Post, May 2, 2010

Stalemate for a city and a nationWashington Post, May 1, 2010

Weeks of protests in Thai capital have scared off tourists and spooked investors…

Hospital raidKomchadluek, 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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