Pattaya Daily News

06 April 2010 :: 14:04:16 pm 17666

The Final Red-Government Confrontation Looms

As the government prepares to take decisive action against the Reds, secure in the knowledge that they have sufficient justification and powers under the Internal security Act(ISA) and Internal Security Operations Command, (ISOC) the Reds are about to lose a substantial proportion of their support in Bangkok as the rural contingent heads back to the Red-homeland of Isarn and elsewhere.
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Bangkok, April 6, 2010, [Pattaya Daily News]: the government is clearing the decks for action, satisfied that they now have sufficient grounds to move the Reds from the commercial district of Ratchaprasong, which they are continuing to occupy in defiance of a recent court order demanding they disperse. The government’s grounds for action hinge on the fact that the Reds are violating the constitution, by affecting law and order and intimidating members of the public. Thus action may be taken under the provisions of the ISA under the ISOC.

When they first heard the ruling of the court which the government had approached to obtain an injunction to force the Reds to disperse from the Ratchaprasong, Ratchadamri, Rama I and Phloenchit areas, the Red-Shirt leaders were reportedly jubilant, but they had misinterpreted the court ruling, mistaking the court’s decision not to issue a new injunction as a victory for them. They were firmly disabused of this mistaken notion by PM’s Office Minister Sathit Wongnongtoey and Tharit Dengpit, chief of the DSI, representing the Justice Ministry, who stated categorically that the Ratchaprasong occupation was in violation of law and was subject to criminal charges, offenders liable to up to a year’s imprisonment and a fine not exceeding Bt20,000, according to the TNA. As commander of the ISOC, the premier is fully empowered to act already, assuming powers greater than those of the police and the ISA is already in force in Bangkok and environs, but may be extended tomorrow, April 7. However, due to today being a public holiday, Chakri Day, in honour of the Royal Family and its foundation in 1782, and thus a day of merit making any confrontation and forced dispersal is most likely to start tomorrow.

Chakri Day for the Reds will not be a day of merit making and giving thanks for the reigning dynasty, however. They reportedly pledge their allegiance to King Taksin, the warlike unifier of Siam and liberator from the Burmese. Accordingly, rather than be peace-abiding, Natthawut Saikua, has declared his intention to mobilize the Reds in the 11 roads from which they have been banned, in defiance of the government. Furthermore, they have vowed that if the government does crack down on them tomorrow, they will storm the Democrat Party HQ and the Prime Minister’s residence.

Their bulk will be significantly reduced, however, as many among their ranks will be paying homage to tradition by returning to their family roots in Esarn and other regions out of Bangkok for the upcoming Song Kran Festival. Although pledging to return, the rural contingent may find curfews in place in the capital and their core leaders languishing in jail, or an even greater state of anarchy as the agents provocateurs responsible for the current daily bombing campaign up the ante in retaliation. We shall see!

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