Bull's Eye On Thaksin's General's Head
An Article from New York Times May 13, 2010
By Thomas Fuller and Seth Mydans
A renegade Thai general was shot in Bangkok on Thursday (May 13, 2010) as the military planned to encircle the barricaded encampment of antigovernment demonstrators.
Gen. Khattiya Sawatdiphol, 59, better known as Seh Daeng, was allied with the protesters. He was struck in the head by a bullet during an interview with this reporter. The Associated Press reached an unidentified aide to the general who described his wound as “severe.”
The general, an incendiary figure who was in charge of security for the protesters, had been called a terrorist by the prime minister, who named him as the chief obstacle to a compromise plan to end a two-month sit-in here in return for an election in November. The latest violence is the most serious since a failed crackdown in April that killed at least 25 people.
Commanding his own paramilitary force of former Rangers, he was suspended without pay from the armed forces. A special committee was considering whether to strip him of his rank.
In an interview on Sunday, he denied being responsible for any violence. “I deny!” he cried in English, with a laugh, when asked about the dozens of bombings that have set Bangkok on edge and about the mysterious black-shirted killers who escalated the violence on April 10 that killed 25 soldiers and civilians. “No one ever saw me.”
A tentative deal had been reached between the protesters and the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, only to fall apart this week.
Witnesses heard a loud blast followed by bursts of automatic gunfire near the heavily guarded Silom area, which is close to the protesters’ encampment, The Associated Press reported.
Nobody Wants to Die for Bloodthirsty Thaksin
This (2010) Thai superheated summer's protesting of the red-shirts started in the middle of March 2010 following a verdict of the Supreme Court for Criminals in Political Post, to confiscate Thaksin Shinawatra's asset worth of over 1.5 billion USD. On the surface, in order to regain his legitimacy and cover up his crimes, Thaksin masterminds the movements to fake democratic movements of the poors against the military support Abhisit's government and the rich aristocrats.
Failing his tricks to call for a world condemnation to democratically elected Abhisit's government last year (April 2009's red-shirts' violence in Pattaya and Bangkok), Thaksin Shinawatra, despite attempts to act as if he had distant himself from this (fake) autonomous movements of the poors, cannot secretly help supporting both the morale and financing to the red mob. In fact, all of the core leaders have been the leading mouthpieces of Thaksin throughout, since Thaksin was ousted in September 19, 2006.
Again failing the wicked plot to trap PM Abhisit on April 10, 2010 for massacre of the red-shirts at Kok Wua junction, because of the VDO and photos recording of the masked gunmen armed with rifles and M-79 grenade launchers among the red-shirts, even some red ralliers shot dead from a firing shot inside the mob, Thaksin gave a command through this Gen.Khattiya on May 11, 2010, not to conciliate with the government but to keep on protesting and to replace the weak core-leaders (Weera Musikapong, Nattawut Sai-kua) with notoriously violent hardcore ones e.g. Arisman Pongruangrong, Kwanchai Prai-pana, Suporn Attawong.
Weera Musikapong, the president of the red-shirt leaders, an old and bankrup politician, but since turning to serve Thaksin in exile since 2006 awarded with two Thai restaurants in U.K., disappeared from the rally site since May 8, 2010. Other red leaders had (shakenly) refused Weera's resignation, saying that he had been in the hospital because of a slight illness. However, rumours that wide rifts appear among the two dozen of the core leaders, either to fight on or to give up the protest.
It is obvious that within hours of the fatal shot on May 13, the red core leaders who had been preparing to give up the protest, announced their quits as the leaders of the red-shirts. As at 22:00 on May 13, 2010, Adisorn Piangket, PTV head, ex-TRT MP; Kokaew Pikulthong MP in Pua Thai party, Paijit Aksornarong, a lady singer; Weera Musikapong; Wisa Kanthap, an ex-communist, song writer; Dr.Weng Tojirakarn, an ex-communist, announced their resignation from leading the reds. They may be preparing to give themselves up to the police, fearing that their may be assasinated by any parties.
Why? The answer is simple. All of the red leaders do not and never have whatsoever ideologies to fight for the poors. Most of them are just actors expensively hired by Thaksin to lure the poors to rise up for the country's devastation which would theoretically bring Royal intervention and an eventual Thaksin's amnesty. Nattawut Sai-kua was actually a comedian in a TV program called "Funny MP House". Paijit Aksornarong and Arisman Pongruangrong were famous singers.
Most of the red leaders mysteriously become very rich within the past two years. Some of the properties they own were paid in cash and some are related to Shinawatras' real estate companies. Some former communists such as Surachai Sae-Dan, Jakrapop Penkae, or Giles Ungpakorn just love Thaksin's money and the people's rise up to achieve their communism all-out civil war and revolution to The New Thai Republique State.
Moreover, Thaksin Shinawatra who always claims himself to be the only democratic leader for Thai poors always insists that he just cannot return, not until the poors would revolt for him. (Actually, it was Thaksin and his family who fled Thailand at his own will in August 2008 after the criminal court of the first instance ruled that his family had committed a huge tax fraud and sentenced his wife then to two-years jail term.)
Through frequent VDO links to various red assemblies in the begining of 2009, Thaksin furiously told his red followers to rise up for when he would come back to lead their march to Bangkok as soon as the first gunshot was heard. In stead, he had sent his family and his ex-wife away abroad and he went shopping in Dubai when the red-shirts riotted, shot and failed. Jakrapop Penkae, ex-minister in PM Samak the Thaksin's puppet cabinet, one of the anti-royalist mouthpiece of Thaksin, fled away abroad and left his comrades citizen risk their lives on at the end of their violent rally in April 2009.
This hot summer at Raj Prasong, the Shinawatras had gone abroad again while Somchai and Yaowapa Wongsawat, leaders of Pua Thai, another Thaksin's puppet does not show up. Thaksin proudly and solemnly announced that he had become a Montenegrin (by which Thailand does not accept dual nationalities). The politbureau reds in hiding remain safe and cool in the high-rise Shin Buildings. MPs in Pua-Thai party who have been regularly and nicely paid by Thaksin for regular support of the red-shirts rally, are comfortable in their air-conditioned homes as usual.
All in all, the ruling class of Thaksin and cronies just cheer, provoke, pay and stay safe, whereas the peasants, the frontline core leaders and Gen.Khattiya get paid and risk their lives. That is Thaksin's ideology for the poors and equalities of the Shinawatras. Thaksin just prays, pays, and preys on for some more corpses to step over to his success in vain.