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05 April 2010 :: 14:04:44 pm 17587

Red Intransigence and CAPO Arrest-Threats Mark The Moment

The Red-Shirt’s ultra-provocative behavior currently stands a very real chance of doing severe damage to the economy, at least temporarily, as foreigners begin to check out of Bangkok hotels, farmers threaten to stop rice production and tourism has experienced losses of Bt10 billion plus. They have a long way to go, however, to match the PAD airport disruption, which cost the economy an estimated Bt259 billion. With their latest ploy of paralyzing the top shopping mall and tourist areas, like Rajprasong, the Reds have provoked the government into seeking a court order to arrest the leaders, as well as filing a petition to force the Red Shirts out of the Rajprasong area Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban , Director of the Peacekeeping Operations Command, declared.
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Bangkok, 5 April, 2010, [Pattaya Daily News]: Showing their defiance against an order banning ‘persons who are likely to instigatedisturbances’ in Rajprasong,  Bangkok’s premier commercial area, issued by the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order(CAPO), Red leader, Nattawut Saikua, is insisting on remaining, as well as extending the assemblies to other key areas. This, despite the fact that CAPO issued a sixth statement extending the ban to six other prominent areas: Rama IV, Sathorn, Silom, Surawongse, Charoenkrung, Rajdamri, Phayathai, Ratchadapisek and Dindaeng. Violators could face maximum one-year jail terms, according to the TNA.

Other Red-Shirt leaders, like Jatuporn Prompan, are also displaying intransigence against the government and CAPO directives, maintaining that the deputy premier cannot restrict the rights and freedom of peaceful demonstrations.

Meanwhile, unknown assailants are keeping up the violent attacks on significant locations. The Thai state television, NBT, was bombed in a grenade attack last night, April 4, at about 12am, though no injuries were reported. Apparently, a motorcycle pillion rider threw an M-67 grenade into the station compound on Vibhavadirangsit Road, but it fell harmlessly into a canal near a security tent. The authorities consider the attack may have been the work of previous attackers, who attacked the NBT on March 27, injuring a soldier and a security official. In addition, in a similar incident at about the same time, a car bomb exploded in the Poseidon Massage Parlour car park in Ratchadapisek, injuring wounding one person.

Police are concerned that bombers may start a bombing campaign using the easy-to-make urea fertilizer bombs, after two exploded, again last night, one at Saphan Khao intersection, near the Red-Shirt base, and another near Saphan Khao Bridge. The ad hoc bombs are made from sections of PVC pipe with the explosive material packed inside. Considerably more effective bombs could be made using metal pipes packed with a sodium chlorate and sugar mixture, which would be far more devastating. The fact that those last night were relatively lightweight, indicates, according to the Metropolitan Police spokesman Pol Maj-Gen Piya Uthayo, that the  bombers using urea pipe bombs want to create unrest in the country rather than actually hurting people.

Other areas of the country have not gone unscathed as Chiang Mai suffered its ninth grenade attack.  The latest incident involved an M-79 grenade attack on a Makro wholesale outlet on the Superhighway at about 2am this morning, but the grenade was dud and didn’t explode. It is thought significant by police that the car in which the bomb exploded in the Poseidon Massage Parlour car park, Bangkok, was registered in Chiang Mai.

Reporter: Taliesin Verity (Chief-Reporter)

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