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30 April 2010 :: 16:04:24 pm 19369

Reds Storm Hospital as EU Pleads for Peaceful Resolution

Over 200 anti-government Red Shirt supporters stormed Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn Hospital on Thursday. The protesters acted after signs of a military presence in the building had been reported by various Red Shirt guards.
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Bangkok, the 30th of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Chulalongkorn Hospital staff temporarily transferred patients on Thursday night after a 200 strong contingent of Red Shirt supporters gathered out front, demanding to be let in. The anti-government protesters had gathered following reports that the military were gathering at the location, near the Reds Ratchaprasong base, in preparation for a suspected crackdown on their demonstrations.

After negotiating with Hospital administrators, it is believed that a small group of protesters were let in to carry out their inspection; however, many others followed creating chaos which led staff to transfer many patients for fears for their safety. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva stated that the Red Shirts would not be allowed any further opportunities to intimidate the public, stationing extra security in front of all hospitals in the area to keep the anti-government demonstrators away.

Key Red Shirt leader, Dr. Weng Tojirakarn, has since apologised, on behalf of all Red Shirt leaders, to the public and Chulalongkorn staff for the incident. Dr. Tojirakarn stated that they had received reports from Red Shirt guards that a military presence was observed in the hospital. “On behalf of all leaders, I apologise to the public and Chulalongkorn Hospital for the incident. The situation got out of control. It is not our policy to obstruct hospital operations,” the doctor was quoted as saying.

In other Red related news, the European Union has reportedly responded to the Red Shirt leaders pleas for intervention by releasing a statement to the media asking both the Thai government and the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship leaders to re-engage in negotiations to find a peaceful solution to the current political crisis. Although, the EU have stopped short of positioning observers at the Reds rally site to monitor the impending military disbandment of the protests. Red Shirt leaders allegedly contacted the EU fearing that the planned crackdown on their largely peaceful demonstrations would become a human rights catastrophe.

Meanwhile, barred Thai Rak Thai leader Chaturon Chaisang has accused the government of violating the people’s human rights after the order were given to use military force against the unarmed Red Shirt protesters. Mr. Chaisang has since threatened to prosecute government leaders, including Prime Minister Abhisit, at the International Criminal Court if the Reds succeeded in their attempts to force a government dissolution. “Abhisit is a civilian but has ordered a military crackdown – this is a serious violation of human rights,” Mr. Chaisang said.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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