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April 22, 2010

April 22 – Daily news from the red-shirt rally at Ratchaprasong

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RATCHAPRASONG, APRIL 22, 2010: After this mornings cowardly attack on peaceful redshirt protesters by the government where canisters of teargas were dropped in the dark from helicopters endangering the lives of unarmed women and children, we are hearing reports of further illegal acts.

Troops are reportedly being moved around the Ratchaprasong protest site in ambulances – a clear breach of international conventions, while the government has used hospitals as staging areas in the past.

Taking a leaf out of the Iranian government following the farcical 2009 elections, we have been informed that tonight soldiers will dress in yellow-shirts and travel around the Ratchaprasong protest area in groups on motorbikes attacking red-shirt protesters wherever they are seen – and of course out number the peaceful protesters.

Who can forget scenes broadcast internationally last year of hooded and black-clad Basji beating defenseless pro-democracy protesters on the streets of Tehran with hoses, clubs, iron bars, truncheons and sometimes firearms?

According to our sources these groups of fake yellow-shirts will attempt to incite unrest amongst red-shirt protesters and aim to target stragglers and those around the edges of larger groups of protesters. Red-shirt guards have been informed of the threat and additional security arrangements have been put into place to deal with the threat.

Meanwhile, earlier today, Army chief General Anupong Paochinda was quoted by newswire Agence France Press (AFP) as saying the red shirts are ‘’not criminal offenders’’. He went on to say whatever the army does the outcome would be good for the country and we can uphold the law with no people dead or injured.

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RATCHAPRASONG, APRIL 22, 2010: A group of 50 Pheu Thai party parliamentarians this morning submitted letters at the UN building and US Embassy in Bangkok.

The letters 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 also 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.

Pool photos of the MPs at the US Embassy can be found here: Red-shirt rally at Phan Fa Bridge & Ratchaprasong Photo Gallery (updated April 22, 2010)

A copy of the letter submitted by the politicians can be found at: Letter to the United Nations and US Embassy submitted by Pheu Thai MPs on April 22, 2010

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