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19 November 2010 :: 11:11:42 am 46269

Red Shirt Rally in Bangkok in Remembrance of Those Killed In Protests

Red-Shirt supporters are conducting a remembrance parade today, Nov19, from Bangkok Remand Prison to Ratchaprasong intersection. Meanwhile, there is much anger among them at what some are calling a government cover up over the deaths of some of those killed in the April-May protests.
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November 19, 2010: The Red Shirts begin their rally demanding the release of their incarcerated leaders and others arrested during and following the protests, today, Nov19, starting outside Bangkok Remand Prison in the morning, moving on to the DSI headquarters on Chaeng Watthana Road and culminating at the Ratchaprasong intersection, scene of the temporary Red-Shirt stronghold during the protests from April to May. The government is hoping the news of the imminent arrest of two prominent UDD leaders, Puea Thai Party MP Jatuporn Prompan and deputy house speaker Apiwan Wiriyachai will cow Red Shirts. The two, whose parliamentary immunity runs out on Nov28 are being summoned by the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) to face terrorism charges supposedly committed during the April-May protests.

The 1000 –strong Red-Shirt supporters are staging a day of remembrance of the killings by rallying at the Bangkok Remand Prison. Dressed in black to show respect for the dead and injured, the protesters will lay a series of red roses to show support for those in detention, as well as tying a black cloth around the prison wall to represent injustice. Pheu Thai MP and Red-Shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan also encouraged Red-Shirt supporters to go to the funeral at Thepsirin Temple of former Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej on Sunday. Jatuporn also requested that black be worn there, too, rather than red.

Meanwhile, the Red Shirts are reportedly enraged by what some are calling a Department of Special Investigation (DSI) cover up over the deaths of some of the Red-Shirt protestors, especially towards the end of the protests at Wat Pathum Wanaram. The recent DSI report, revealed at a news conference on Tuesday, Nov16, is accusing Red-Shirt militants of being responsible for some of the deaths, an allegation that Red-Shirt protestors hotly dispute. Two such, the parents of Terdsak Foongklinchan killed on April 10 on Tanao Road, protested that their son’s body had been riddled by six bullets, clearly indicating the work of the military. Others have demanded that the DSI release autopsy and forensic reports regarding the dead to the public.

The DSI maintains that of 18 bodies examined, 12 had been killed by black-clad UDD-affiliated militia, while six others victims had been shot dead by unidentified gunmen. These victims included Japanese cameraman Hiroyuki Muramoto, Private Narongrit Sala, Mana Atran, and three killed inside Wat Pathum Wanaram. It is these last three in particular that are causing the most controversy as Red Shirts are accusing the military of violating the immunity of the wat. The brother of one victim, Ms Kamolkade Akkahad, killed at the wat on May19 has clear video evidence that his sister and the two others were not shot from a horizontal position, as would be expected from unknown gunmen on the ground, but from above where the military sharpshooters were positioned.

The irate families of these and other Red Shirt dead are demanding more transparency from the government over the investigations and have signed a letter sent to the UN secretary-general in October requesting that the UN investigate the killings during the protests.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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