RATCHAPRASONG, APRIL 21, 2010: Tomorrow, April 22, 2010, at 10am a group of 50 Pheu Thai MPs will visit the UN Building on Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok and present a letter to staff for forwarding to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
One hour later, at 11am, the same group of parliamentarians will visit the US Embassy at 95 Wireless Road to hand a copy of the same letter to the US Ambassador, Eric G. John, for forwarding to President Barack Obama.
The letter will outline the human rights abuses and atrocities committed against the peaceful protesters from the United Front or Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), aka the red-shirts, on April 10, 2010 by the Thai military acting on orders from Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
The letter will ask the UN Secretary General and the US Government to investigate the deaths of protesters, to apply pressure on the Thailand Government to cease human rights abuses against the red-shirt protesters and to restore media freedom.
RATCHAPRASONG, APRIL 21, 2010: Core United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) leader Natthawut Saikua today dismissed repeated statements by the Thai government that the red-shirt protesters were armed with lethal weapons.
Mr. Natthawut said the government should either substantiate their claim that the red-shirts were stockpiling weapons and explosives “or shut up”.
“Why would we bring in weapons when we know we can’t match firepower of the military? Passive resistance is our weapon of choice”.
Mr Natthawut and a red-shirt guard then demonstrated the red-shirts latest weapon to be used against People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), so-called “multi-colored” protesters, or the Thai army should they attack the red-shirt protesters.
For photos of today’s weapons demonstration by the red-shirts see: Red-shirt rally at Phan Fa Bridge & Ratchaprasong Photo Gallery (updated April 21, 2010)