UDD guard arrested for arming Red Shirt guards

UDD guard arrested – Bangkok Post, January 20, 2011
…Mr Tharit said Mr Manop took part in the seizure of a large number of weapons from soldiers during the clash at Khok Wua intersection on April 10 last year. The weapons were later shown on the UDD stage and then distributed to UDD guards for use against soldiers…

[2015 note: Like many Thai newspaper articles from the early days of the Thai internet, this article is no longer online. Below is the complete text of the original article.]

UDD guard arrested

The Department of Special Investigation has arrested a man who was a security guard of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) during the April-May violent protest last year.

DSI chief Tharit Pengdit identified the man as Manop Chanchangthong, alias Ped, who was arrested on Wednesday.

Mr Tharit said Mr Manop took part in the seizure of a large number of weapons from soldiers during the clash at Khok Wua intersection on April 10 last year. The weapons were later shown on the UDD stage and then distributed to UDD guards for use against soldiers.

Mr Manop was also one of the UDD guards who wrested pistols from police who tried to arrest red-shirt leader Arisman Pongruangrong at the SC Park Hotel on April 16, Mr Tharit said.

The suspect admitted to showing the weapons on the UDD stage, but denied taking them from soldiers. He said he got the weapons from fellow UDD guards, but had not distributed or used them, Mr Tharit said.

Mr Manop has been charged with terrorism. The DSI will take him to the Criminal Court tomorrow to seek permission to detain him further.

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