RATCHAPRASONG, APRIL 29, 2010: Noted exiled Thai socialist Giles Ji Ungpakorn has written an excellent article in MR Zine examining the current political stand-off and ongoing pro-democracy protests. The article examines the differences between the way the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is handling the current situation compared with the way the government of Thaksin Shinawatra handled protests in 2006.
For a clear explanation of the current situation and why the government and their elite friends are refusing to dissolve parliament and call immediate elections see: Thailand: It’s about Democracy, Stupid!
RATCHAPRASONG, APRIL 29, 2010: A small delegation of of red-shirt protesters today visited the offices of the European Union in Bangkok and submitted a plea written by core UDD leader Veera Musikhapong requesting EU Ambassador David Lipman send independent observers to the Ratchaprasong rally site.
Continuing to fear the much threatened crackdown by the Thai government, the letter said in part: “As a respected international organization, we appeal to you to assign representatives to monitor the government’s actions. Faced with the threat of tanks and impending bloodshed, we are appealing to your help in averting a human rights catastrophe”.
RATCHAPRASONG, APRIL 29, 2010: United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) leaders have today labeled as lame attempts by the Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situations (CRES) that the Thai military recovered large amounts of munitions left behind by red-shirt protesters near the National Memorial on Vibhavadi Road at Don Muang yesterday.
Following yesterday’s clash that left one Thai soldier dead and 18 people injured, the CRES displayed 63 M79 grenades it claimed were confiscated from a motorcycle at the scene.
This morning UDD general-secretary Natthawut Saikua lampooned claims by the CRES that the explosive projectiles had been left behind by red-shirt protesters.
“The majority of the M79s displayed were still fitted with their protective plastic caps in place and those that did not still retained their as-new appearance – shiny and bright. With the plastic caps removed the head of an M79 grenade will show signs of tarnishing within three days.
“This is another bungled attempt by the government to paint the red-shirts in a bad light and follows claims that . There is no evidence in any of the television footage to show that our peaceful protesters who were on their way to the Thai Market at Pathum Thani had anything more than plastic water bottle and fireworks.
“What the television footage clearly shows is the Thai Army and police adopting an aggressive stance against protesters and then using war weapons in an attempt to stop their progress”, he said.
RATCHAPRASONG, APRIL 29, 2010: This website and other RedPhanFa2Day communications channels have been the subject of aggressive blocking attempts over the last three days. We apologize for the lack of updates but have now put in place measures that we believe will circumvent future blocking attempts. Red Phan Fa 2Day Team
Today is day 47 of the red-shirts pro-democracy protest against the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and the 27th day protesters have occupied the Ratchaprasong shopping precinct in the heart of Bangkok.