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April 30, 2010

April 30 – Daily news from the red-shirt rally at Ratchaprasong

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RATCHAPRASONG, APRIL 30, 2010: Core United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) leaders have this morning criticized red-shirt protesters who last night conducted a search of Chulalongkorn Hospital for Thai troops.

Core UDD leader Dr. Weng Tochirakarn repeated statements made last night that the search, led by Payap Panket, was “inappropriate, too much, and unreasonable.

“All of the core red-shirts leaders unreservedly apologize to the staff, the patients and their relatives for any inconvenience caused. We deeply regret the incident and guarantee there will be no repeat of last nights incident. We observe all recognized conventions that define hospitals and those who work in them as being neutral and non-partisan to the current political situation”, he said.

Dr. Weng said he and Dr. Cherd Chai will head an investigation committee into the incident and will liaise with Chulalongkorn Hospital director Adisorn Patradul to ensure there is no repeat of the incident and to see what other things the red-shirts could do to facilitate the operation of the hospital.

“In the past we have seen the Abhisit [Vejjajiva] government station troops in the Police Hospital and at temples. Our guards were told that troops had been stationed in the hospital and at about 8.55pm last night 10 shots were fired at our protesters from the direction of Chulalongkorn Hospital.

“Our guards detained a number of Thai soldiers and after questioning them they were released back to their lines. We do not wish to see hospitals or temples used as battle grounds and hope that the government will take the same stance and refrain from using these premises as staging grounds”, he added.

Dr. Weng went on to say the action by Mr. Payap was not condoned by core UDD leaders and broke with the UDDs stated aims of a peaceful protest aimed at bringing about the dissolution of the Thai parliament. “If we would have found soldiers inside Chulalongkorn Hospital last night we would have asked Mr. Adisorn to evict them”, he said.

Today is day 48 of the red-shirts pro-democracy protest against the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and the 28th day protesters have occupied the Ratchaprasong shopping precinct in the heart of Bangkok.

3 Comments »

  1. It looks like it’s time for the Red Shirts to negotiate their dispersal. They have done so much to destroy their public image that no one is looking at the issues anymore.

    Comment by bailish — April 30, 2010 @ 4:09 pm | Reply

  2. Well done, Dr. Weng. Thank you for this recognition of responsibility.

    I view the ‘southern’ Rajdhamri flank of your operation to be a bit of a ‘loose canon’ and trust they can be maintained under your ‘command and control’. As the situation now stands, you (at Ratchaprasong) have your backs to the Rajdhamri troops.

    Best of luck with your ongoing efforts to establish democracy (a true Constitutional Monarchy of the type prevailing in Canada and elsewhere in the world)in Thailand. It can be done.

    -RS

    Comment by Robert Smith — April 30, 2010 @ 4:18 pm | Reply

  3. I think the Red Shirts can show a sign of good faith by doing community service. An excellent start would be for all the members to donate blood to the Thai Red Cross, on the grounds of Chula Hospital.

    I remember what impressed me at the start, and that was the concern the Red Shirts showed for the soldiers who were there to guard against them. Why not organize some more activities that work in this direction?

    Comment by bailish — April 30, 2010 @ 7:33 pm | Reply


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