Posts Tagged ‘Red shirt’
តើហ៊ុន សែន ដែលជាមេភ្លើង បង្កចូល រួមដុតកំភ្លើង ទំនាស់ខ្មែរសៀម តាមរយៈ ការចងមិត្តជាមួយ ថាក់ ស៊ីន និងចូលរួមដែរទេ?
Bangkok Post: About 10,000 red shirts from the lower Northeast,Yasothon, Buri Ram, Roi Et and Surin, have confirmed they will join the trip to meet former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in Siem Reap in Cambodia between April 14 and 15 during the Songkran holiday, Theppanom Namlee, a red shirt leader in Surin province, said.
NOTE: The conflicts of recent Prasat Preah Vihear Khmer with siam, in fact, have started since Thaksin was in power in 2006 and it flared up in New Zealand, 2007, when Siam objected the listing of Prasat Preah Vihear as World heritage Site. Then, it continued to his proxy- government after he was toppled by the democrats and continue to Abhisit.
We should notice that even now the proxy Thasin government, led by his sister Yingluck, is in power but the issue remains unsolved. For instance, these few weeks there have been many news reports that Siam didnt want to withdraw troops from the conflicting areas (Demilitarized Zone) as ordered by the ICJ at all. And worse is that all the minutes of meetings of Khmer-Siam´s Joint Border Committee since 2007 have not endorsed by Siamese parliament yet. These tell us that all siamese politicians are the same. They prioritize their national interest at top, unlike Hun Xen.
Thailand Wags the Dog on Preah Vihear
As negotiations for the management of Cambodia’s Preah Vihear Temple’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status rumble on for another day, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Abhisit government’s only negotiation strategy is a mixture of bullying and threats.
This atmosphere of coercion, covers the range of threatening to walk out of Thailand’s position on an important UNESCO committee, all the way through to implicit threats of armed hostilities being made by Abhisit’s coalition partners, Puea Pandin. This is, of course, no way for a respectable member of the international community to behave.
That PM Abhisit has been led by his nose to such brinkmanship only casts serious doubts on his own ability to pick his allies and his causes. The extremist nationalists in the PAD have been the main protagonists in this battle over this Khmer temple, whose geographic position within Cambodian borders was ratified by the World Court almost 50years ago – and PM Abhisit has been quick to ally himself with this cause
The PAD’s program of intimidation and violence regarding Preah Vihear, including riots and attempts to provoke armed hostilities between Cambodia and Thailand, something which has occurred on several occasions, has never been fully challenged by PM Abhisit’s government. In fact, PM Abhisit has allowed the extremists in the PAD to openly flout the same State of Emergency laws banning protests that he used to crush the pro-democracy Red Shirt demonstrations. The truth is that PM Abhisit needs the thugs in the PAD to stay on side so that he can call on them to perform extra-legal activities as and when he needs.
The comparisons with the 1997 film, Wag the Dog, where a floundering US President cooks up a dubious war to further his own domestic ends are obvious. Yet, this is a very risky strategy for Abhisit.
Over the last weeks the Abhisit regime has refused any international oversight into any aspect of Thailand’s present political predicament or how to resolve its problems. He claims it is purely a domestic issue that other nations should not interfere in.
Starting a war with Cambodia, destabilizing the region and causing a major international incident, just to suit the agenda of extremists in the PAD, a relatively tiny organization with very few supporters beyond a rump in the Bangkok middle classes, will bring much unwanted attention on Abhisit’s regime. The question he will ultimately have to answer is who is the dog and who is doing the wagging?
The violence in Thailand is viewed as the end of democracy in this country which this trend is still going on to suppress the opposition through out the country. Practically, the illegal govt of Abhisit besides its brutal and bloody crackdown against the poor red it also tries to censor and ban all the opposition voices through all media systems- TV, radio, internet, newspapers etc resulting with thausands of website censored, and hundred of newspapers, magazines, radio stations and tv channels banned. But not enough with its political aim of controlling 100% of media network of the country over the opposition voices, Abihsit govt has even pursued to buy back the Giant Thaicom satellite from Singaporean Temasek for its complete mission.
Thai government is proposing to buy Thaicom Plc from Singapore-based Temasek Holdings to avoid future conflicts stemming from the use of the company’s satellites to air anti-government broadcasts, according to an industry source.
Mr Korn reportedly asked Temasek, as the major shareholder of Thaicom parent Shin Corp, to co-operate with the Thai government to stop the red-shirt protesters’ People Channel (PTV) from broadcasting inappropriate programmes via Thaicom.
The source said that if the deal was successful, Thaicom would in effect become a state enterprise and the government would find it easier to regulate satellite broadcasting. Read the whole article here.
Whereas in Cambodia, Cambodian Ministry of Information has (MI) just banned an opposition radio program claiming it violates the MI´s directive which in fact it is a clear suppression . Read the whole article here.
In the reality, Cambodia media is 99.9 % controlled by the govt. The oppositions have only one newspaper with no right to own TV channel, and radio station. But they are allowed to buy an hour daily broadcasting from other govt´s political affiliated radio stations.
land of hypocricy said…
Hi anonymous Thai Newspaper.
We Thais aren’t better than the Cambodians. We are more hypocrite than them and than the rest of the world.
King Richard III was standing trial for being accused of killing his two nephews, but we Thais lost one King, who was shot in cold blood by allegedly his young brother, the current King, we dared not to even ask who did it, but we crawling and crowning him.
Not even that we are forced to worship him like god who does no wrong, he and his family are the world richest and created “Les Majesty Laws” upon us in this 21th century. I don’t know how long the poor people can take this.
If the King and his family are good people then why are they afraid of? Why “Les Majesty Laws” need to be used?
We are taught to look down on the Cambodians, the Laos, the Burmese but our crown prince is a playboy has Aid, and his wife billions around the world saw her naked at the pool party known as a porn star. Our Queen supports and funded PAD against Red shirts who also Thais, and our Queen was famously accused by Saudi for stealing its blue diamond (see the diamond here and the stealing of diamond story here). Many people were killed and disppeared. Humm.. I have no idea that the position of King and Queen are so powerful like that in our land of no-more smile.
I too give up my Thai citizenship from this hour. I am so ashamed for being a Thai.
To justify this please read Charles Keyes´s oppinion, op-ed in Bangkok Post to criticize the impossibility of Abhishit govt’s reconciliation plan. Read the key excerpt below:
A second factor that must be taken into account if there is really to be progress along the path to reconciliation, is the deep split in society along a combination of class and ethno-regional lines…
Negative images, especially of northeasterners, have been used often in films and TV dramas. In the past few years, people of these regions have been branded over and over again by commentators on ASTV, the television network of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), in many Bangkok newspapers, and in hundreds of blogs and Facebook pages as being stupid “buffaloes” and even more vulgar characterisations. Somehow those who generate such media depictions seem to believe that “villagers” are uninformed, and unaware of these characterisations.
On the contrary, they are very much aware of them, and this constant denigration has become one of the primary drivers of the conflict.
The Abhisit government has worked assiduously, although not always successfully, to shut down community radio stations and the websites which promote a red shirt perspective, arguing that such outlets have stirred up violence and hatred. At the same time, it has done nothing about controlling the hate-mongering that takes place on ASTV and in other media. Such is not only directed against the red shirts, but also against Malay Muslims in southern Thailand and Khmer in northeastern Thailand as well as in Cambodia.
Although the government cannot and should not attempt to control the content of the media, it can demonstrate even-handedness by prosecuting clear instances of incitement on both sides. It can also increase social sanctions against hate-mongering by supporting independent, quality media, boycotting media outlets on both sides that continuously spread divisions between Thais, and being more careful to avoid inflammatory language (such as casual use of the word “terrorist”) in official pronouncements.
NOTE: It is impossible for Thailand under Abhisit to carry out its reconciliation plan while its propaganda to paint the red shirt and Thaksin as terrorists and the use of the double standard to treat them are being practiced. Obviously, it took only a few days after the crackdown on the red for arrest warrant charges against Thaksin, but it is almost two years now still under investigation process to bring a terrorist charge against PAD who invaded airports and the govt houses 2008.
Actually, Hun Xen and Abhishit do hate each other to the bone arrogantly fueled by their different generation leaderships and background, but they have a common characteristics in leading the countries, ie., brutal, arrogant, stubborn, and biased (double standard). These two leaders have no respect for their citizens as a whole except for their group and cronies. With all these, they are now getting to close to each other in term of their leadership.
For instance in Cambodia; the assassinations of country´s top and much loved actress Piseth Pilika (6 July 1999), venerable Sam Bunthoeurn ( 6 Feb 2003), senior advisor to Funcinpec leader Norodom Ranariddh Om Radsady (18 Feb 2003), FTUWKC’s president Mr. Chea Vichea (22 Jan 2004), FTUWKC’ s official of Trinongal Komara garment factory Mr. Ros Sovannaret (7 May 2004), famous popular singer Touch Sreinich (21 October 2003) ), another famous singer Pao Panhapech(23 Feb 2007), FTUWKC’ s affiliates at SunTex garment factory union president, Hy Vuthy(24 Feb 2007), the acid attack on Tat Marina (9 Dec 1999), and the opposition journalists, which so far no criminal or suspect is arrested and brought to trial even some of the case the criminals are known like the cases of Chear Vichea, Tat Marina and Piseth Pilika.
In contrast, the cases will be carried out at a quick sweep if they are seen against the opposition or the poor Cambodians, except the CPP´s members, like the cases of bomb attack at Cambodian-Viet monument, bomb planting in front of Ministry of National Defense, the charge against Hang Chakra, Mrs Sam Meas, MP Sam Rainsy, and MP Mu Sochau. They just took a few days or weeks only. Pls observe as well that most of the charges mentioned above the the victims become the accused and vice-versa.
So to achieve the reconciliation plan in Thailand and justice, democracy and human rights respect in Cambodia , Abhishit and Hun Xen must stop their double standard politics towards their oppositions and the poor citizens of both countries.
The Irish Time published an article on Siamese recent bloodhed titled :Mop-up operation in Bangkok under way,
which described the situation in Bangkok during the past, present, the damage, the rebuilding Siamese society, etc., and especially about the RED shirts violence which has again something related to Khmer. Read the article here.
Rumours swirl in the capital. Many say the Black Shirt hardcore rioters were made up of Khmer mercenaries from Cambodia. I witnessed one fighter with elaborate Khmer style tattoos on his neck and arms, but these are also popular in Thailand.
With this rummour Khmerization has reasonably reacted that:
Many red shirt protesters were mainly made up of ethnic Khmers and Laotians living in the northeastern provinces of Thailand who are Thai citizens. We need to remember also that the Thai media owned by the Red Shirt Movement also accused the Abhisit government of dressing up Khmer prisoners in military uniform and sent them to crackdown on the red shirt recently. How true are these rumours? Nobody knows.
Then followed by some anynomous commentators in Khmerization:
This is a ridiculous accusation. Such rumor are a bunch made up lies trying to point fingers at Cambodia for Thailand’s own embarrassing uncontrollable political bloodshed. Keep your own fight and your own problems in your own country. Keep your fights to yourself. Don’t try to incite and inflame Cambodia into involving in your bullshit chaotic political madness.
It is ridiculous that Khmers have become convenient scapegoats for all the Thai political problems. Khmers have gone through enough suffering and bloodshed so they would be scared to get into such dangerous game. If they found some Khmer-speaking protesters among the red shirts, they must be ethnic Khmers living in Thailand called Khmer Surin. These claims are total lies to try to sow hatred among the Thais against Cambodia and the Khmers people. The yellow shirts who brought Abhisit into powers have caused border conflict with Cambodia when they stir up trouble along the border that saw Thai troops occupying a strip of lands in Preah Vihear temple in 2008 that caused armed clashes and tensions until today. Stop blaming Khmers for all your problems. Enough is enough!
NOTE: If such a rumour is true then I can say that most Thais are born to be arrogant , insincere, and the enemy of the Khmers. They should understand that not only the million Khmer ethnics who live in Thailand are fond of Khmer Sak/Chak Sak/Khmer Yant/Sak Yant (Khmer tattoo), but even the pure Thais, they do love it for they believe Khmer tattoo is not only just an art like any other tattoo in the world, but it has the magical power for protection, luck and success. For example Khmer geometric tattoos, meant to protect the wearer, originally as protection during war/fighting times. Visibly, Khmer tattoo is popular throughtout Thailand and even foriegners. You can see such Khmer tattoo everywhere like on the human body, in the shops, in the houses, in the taxi, in the bus, in the train in Thailand and even with Thai overseas. Please see some of the beautiful Khmer tattoos in Thailand are being used by boxer, taxi drivers, and businessmen: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here.
I believe the rumour is true and circulated intentionally and politically in order to:
tell the world that Thai people are nice people, gentle people, peace-loving people, and non-violent people.
make the Khmer as scapegaot to appease Thai anger against each other and turn the revenge/hatred towards Khmers and esp. the bloody Thai elite and royal family will not be held responsible for the bloodshed.
to save the good face of Thailand because Thai people are known for face-saving people and coward to accept their own shame as a real human being. Generally, when it comes to a good thing Thais like to say it is Thai and yet when it comes to a bad thing the Thais like to say it is Khmer. For instance, please observe the tattoos in the links provided above if the Thais say a word that these tattoos are Khmer tattoos and those who have those tattoos claim that they are Khmers. They proudly say those are Thai tattoos and they are Thais to show the world. But when it comes to a bad thing happened like last week the Thais jumped ship and twisted that those who were violent were Khmers because they had Khmer tattoos.
It also seems that the Thai ultra-nationalism propaganda since 1850s to treat Khmer as “Khmamen padong” - the jungle and uncivilized people, still lives on today, or it reflectively seems that Thai people are still ignorant despite technology, communication, khnowledge in the world are widely developed and accessible.
Lastly, I’d like to advise Thais people that they should be brave enough to recognize their bad deed and nature just like other human being, because no one is perfect even our worshiping Bhuddha. My last word:
If You Thai people don’t know how to pay back your gratitude towards Khmer who once sheltered you and englightened you achitecture, art, dance, writing, and political organization, please stop painting us bad or making us your scapgoat through your arrogant attitude, hatred, ignorance, brutality, shame, irresponsibility, cowardice, jealousy, and inhuman manner.
The Bangkok Post, the biased news of pro-Thai elite and royalist, published an article in the front page titled: The Nation Mourns, on 21 May 2010 which I tried to avoid reading it many times when I surfed the site but at last I decided to read it and ridiculously found it contradicted to its unique title. Please read the whole article HERE.
“The Nation Mourns” doesn’t mean to mourn the lost of the civilian life during the crackdown ranges, but it seems to mourn the lost of elite’s property burnt down in the economic center of Bangkok and to put more blames on the poor RED. Why? Please observe in the followings:
- The Bangkok Post of the elite clearly doesn’t specify what they are mourning about. It just states: “Level of chaos catches government off-guard / A nation mourns. Death toll climbs to 52 in 6 days of bloodshed / Arms stockpiles found at abandoned sites”. Here the word “mourn” just appears twice in the whole article: (1) the title and (2) the sub-title with no clue to what it is emphasized on and the rest of the article just goes to something else for its own cause as usual.
- It published only pictures of the burnt buildings from the beginning to the end of the article, included some elements that the yellow and Abhisit govt are trying to use as evidence to justify their violence and accusation against the RED shirts as “violence”, “buffalo“, and ”terrorists” with some pictures of military operation equipped with modern war weapons seemingly confronting an Al-Qaida or a war in Iraq. In this sense it seems that the Bangkok Post values property lost more than the lost of the civilian life in the 6 days bloodshed. And it’s even more ridiculous that Bangkok Post forgets to include dozens of civilian and soldiers killed in the bloodshed on 10 April 2010.
As the voice of human being in the civilized world, in this sense, Bangkok Post should stay out of politics, if not in its nature, but just this one in order to fit with its article’s title and honor the death whether they are RED, multi-color, yellow, or soldiers because they are all just Thai and even the foreign journalists who died in the cause. To be reasonably correct, it should focus on the content which express the feeling of “SORRY” or “CONDOLENCE ” as a nation to appease and console the family of the death and voice its concern towards govt to avoid such a lost in any future of political crisis.
For me I’d like to share my condolence to all the families of the death as a friend, a citizen of a neighboring country, and the same human being, and more than that to the RED, even they were rioting in the last fight which led to torching down some buildings and looting something, I am still sympathy for them because as I have observed the red violence occurred only after military crackdown violently carried out against them, for instance, the event on 10 April 2010 which as we know happened only after militay moved in to retake the rally compound under its so-called emergency law and the event in this moth which surely happened only after threes causes threatened: (1) the govt cut off all supply road to protesters and moved in military, (2) most important factor Seh Daeng was assassinated, and (3) military moved in to crackdown on protesters’ site and more indiscriminate killing carried out by the military. And remarkably not all of the red involved in the violence.
Whereas, the accusation of the Bangkok elite and Abhisit govt that this blast that blast hit by M79 related to RED shirt, that black clad militant, those snipers shot soldiers and civilians are groundless since they have never been able to produce any reliable evidences except one-sided accusation.
WISH THE RED WIN SOME DAYS FOR THEIR STRUGGLE!
Read more about mourning in Bangkok slaughter by FACT here.
Please watch BBC Video, it is worth watching.
Originally post at: Thai Political Prisoners
The Anger of the People is Justified
Giles Ji Ungpakorn
The anger of the ordinary people has finally erupted into violence with numerous buildings being set of fire in Bangkok and the provinces. People are also trying to use any means to fight the army. There are reports that Government buildings, banks, the stock-exchange, luxury shopping malls and pro-military media are all being set on fire.
All this is totally justified.. why?
1. The Government and the army have repeatedly used armed soldiers, assassination squads, snipers and tanks to kill unarmed pro-democracy demonstrators since April. The death toll will easily reach 80 with thousands injured.
2. This state-sponsored violence against civilians was carried out in order that Abhisit’s military-backed Government could stay in power and avoid elections for as long as possible. It was never elected in the first place. The Government is a product of military and judicial coups since 2006.
3. The Red Shirts have repeatedly offered talks and compromises, yet the Government has answered with bullets.
4. In a Democracy, the people should be the ultimate decision-makers, not the military, the elites and the Palace. Any demand for democratic elections is totally justified, even if it disrupts shopping centres and luxury hotels.
5. Mealy-mouthed so called non-violent groups could never bring themselves to put the blame entirely on the shoulders of the Government, the military and Royalist elites, despite the fact that the violence was from the army. They never put their weight behind the huge struggle of the UDD leadership to try to maintain a peaceful and disciplined protest. This is because these organisations supported the coup in 2006 in the first place. They allowed the Government to claim that there would be no peace until the protests stopped.
Yet now that the official protest has been drowned in blood and stopped, there will not be peace because there is no justice.
Udon Thani government building on fire
Pictures of Udon Thaini Govt Hall after it burnt down HERE.
Central World (the Second biggest Stock Exchange building in Asia is on fire!
Brief on Central World
Originally posted at: Thai Intelligence News
ASEAN second largest shopping complex is near collapse from being set to blaze-but why?
One of the most hate based newspaper that have been single-mindedly urging the Thai government to crackdown on the protester is the Post group.
That relation with the government is so lucrative the Post group got a big chunk of programing air time with the government TV.
The owner of Post and Central World is off course the Chirathivat family-where things are so cordual with the government, Abhisit, the Thai prime minister who ordered the crackdown today, has a cousin is a big boss at Post Today.
Post Today is off course so anti red and Taksin-it calls taksin and the reds “BUFFALO” in its front page all the time.
More pics of Central World HERE.
Originally posted at: Tumblerlgog
Sunday’s PAD rally at Sanam Luang was eventful. Apart from the grenade, the shocking xenophobic rhetoric and Sondhi’s potentially troublesome remark, there was also a formal introduction to the PAD’s latest conspiracy theory: dubbed the ‘Hun Sen Model’. Prachatai summarised the key points in its excellent report of the rally:
Khamnoon Sitthisaman, ASTV Manager columnist and non-elected senator, gave a brief history of how Hun Sen came to power, and concluded it with the term ‘Hun Sen model’: getting support from a foreign military power [Vietnam], supporting an ‘unprepared’ royal to become king, having the new king appoint him a royal, using a communist organizing system to control a political party and the people to take power under the guise of western democracy (elections), centralizing political and economic powers and opening the country for western capitalists to exploit its natural resources.He said this was probably what the Thai ex-prime minister wanted to emulate.
He speculated that Thaksin would intensify his political campaign from December this year to early next year, when Parliament is closed. The red shirts would also intensify their movement, besieging or even seizing Government House. Thaksin would probably take a ‘long march’ from Cambodia, enveloped by a red-shirted mass. All this would be supported by the ‘underground operations’ of a certain retired general [another classmate of Gen Chamlong, Gen Panlop Pinmanee, who has switched sides from the PAD to support Thaksin].
he fact that PAD-aligned senator Khamnoon himself went on the stage to speak about this is remarkable in itself. As Thammasat academic Somsak Jeamteerasakul points out in this Thai-language forum post, Khamnoon is not a public speaker. He usually prefers to remain behind the scene, writing articles for ASTV-Manager and developing key strategies for the PAD. Very rarely does he address the crowd at a PAD rally. By making an appearance himself, it is highly probable that Khamnoon, along with other PAD leaders, intends to play up this theory and use it to attack Thaksin for a prolonged period from now on. Given the sensitivities surrounding the succession issue, this strategy of the PAD could lead to some very nasty things.
Note 1: The PAD has tried to spread a few Thaksin-related conspiracy theories before. Probably the best known of them is the so-called Finland Plot.
Note 2: A video clip of Khamnoon speaking at the rally and a complete Thai-language transcript of his speech are available here.
Originally posted at: Thai Intellegence News
By Stingray, this blog national security journalist
We just got report that three bullets were fired onto Chatuporn, a key red shirt protest leader, as he spoke on the red shirt stage.
The bullet is said to be a high caliber from a sniper rifle-on top of one of the tall buildings surrounding the Ratprasong area. We have no information if the bullets hit him, but he did not fall-as the mike exploded into bits as one bullet hit it and may have saved his life.
The red shirt leaders comprises of Vera, Chatuporn and Nattawut.
Vera is ill and has not been on stage for quite some time-leaving Chartuporn and Nattawut to manage the red protest.
Chatuporn and Nuttawut both share similar views on the red protest-being to fight on. But the assassination attempt may have changed the picture.
Please not that all of the above is not confirmed news and is breaking-and we have no way of checking the information.