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Thai government plans military crackdown

by Giles Ji Ungpakorn
Published Mon 26 Apr 2010
Issue No. 2198

Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s military backed government has rejected negotiations with the opposition Red Shirts.

Last Friday Red Shirt leaders offered a compromise after meeting with various foreign ambassadors at the site where they have been protesting continuously since 14 March. They demanded that parliament should be dissolved in one month and elections should follow two months after that.

But Abhisit’s government, which was never elected, has turned its back on a peaceful solution. It has ordered the army to use lethal force to disperse the peaceful protests within 48 hours. Abhisit and the army already have blood on their hands from the shooting of 21 civilians on 10 April.

The Red Shirts are strengthening their defences and calling in Red Shirt motorcycle riders to defend the barricades. They are urging more people to join the protests – but not in red shirts so as to avoid being stopped by the military.

Over the weekend Red Shirt supporters in the provinces started blocking roads to stop government attempts to reinforce their troops in Bangkok. If the army start a crack down in Bangkok, Red Shirts should take any necessary measures in the provinces. Motorcycle riders in Bangkok should also take any necessary measures in such an event.

The NGOs and so-called “peace activists” have failed to condemn the government and continue to provide legitimacy for government violence and the destruction of Democracy.


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Mon 26 Apr 2010, 11:43 BST
Issue No. 2198
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