Thai Army Alleged to Have Targeted Journalists in 2010 Protests – spiegel.de, November 5, 2011
[There is little doubt that in the buildup to what was thought would be an unimaginably bloody end to the Red Shirt siege, vantage points around the south end of Lumpini Park where commandeered and those peeking out windows were targeted to ensure there would be no photographic witness to the predawn raid. The area was purposely made a no-man’s land.
As disturbing as all of this is, the revelations at this time are part of the build up for a pardon for Thaksin on December 5.
The idea being that the Thai world does not value telling the truth. Speaking the truth without regards for how it impacts others is seen as a confrontational act that is bad for the societal ideal of unity.
This is why threats that pro-Thaksin forces will openly implicate the military, former government, and those even higher are always accompanied by comments from Thaksin emphasizing that society should “forgive and forget” (through pardons or other legal measures) and thus restore unity to the national village. No one need to be pointed out as wrong–not Thaksin nor the military.]
…Newly uncovered documents show that the orders to fight the mostly unarmed opposition protesters came from military leaders and politicians.
On that fateful day in May, the papers reveal, the army leadership ordered that snipers be stationed on “all the tall buildings around Lumphini Park.” The “use of weapons to protect oneself and maintain the peace” was also explicitly permitted. The corresponding orders bear the signature not only of then-army chief Anupong Paochinda, but also of the deputy prime minister at the time.