Chuvit: Shots 'not from police'

The gunshots fired during Thursday's violent clashes at the Thai-Japanese sports complex did not come from the police side, says Rak Thailand Party leader Chuvit Kamolvisit.

Mr Chuvit said he was at a congee stall opposite the Labour Ministry, where many anti-government protest leaders were present, when the incidents occurred on Thursday in Din Daeng district.

The sounds of gunshots did not come from the area where police officers were standing, he wrote on his Facebook page.

The former massage parlour tycoon turned politician said he had given his account of events to Police Region 4 chief Anuchai Lekbamrung.

According to Mr Chuvit, gunshots were being fired at the police even as medics were attending to a critically injured officer who later succumbed to a gunshot wound to the chest.

The fghting broke out between police and anti-government protesters when the latter attempted to disrupt the drawing of numbers for political parties in the Feb 2 election.

Police used tear gas and rubber bullets during the subsequent clashes in which 153 people were injured and two people, an officer and a civilian, were killed.

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Discussion 1 : 29/12/2013 at 02:15 PM
This must be true, because Mr Chuvit as told so by Labor Minister Police Captain Chalerm, and other members of the PTP.
Discussion 2 : 29/12/2013 at 01:16 AM
It was your friends who staged all that to discredit the red shirts.
Discussion 3 : 28/12/2013 at 10:59 PM
Chuvit for Pm .
Discussion 4 : 28/12/2013 at 09:32 PM
of course it was not the police, as well as it was not redhshirt terrorists who attacked hospitals, burned down buildings and killed innocent thais.
Discussion 5 : 28/12/2013 at 09:21 PM
Rubber bullets used by the Police are shotgun rounds contain 15 small projectiles that travel at low velocity and as such you can't hear the sphere if it passes by you. High velocity rounds, pistols and rifles, make a distinct zing sound when they pass. A shotgun blast is more of a thud and a HV round has a much higher volume and louder tone. You can hear the difference when shot or traveling.
Discussion 6 : 28/12/2013 at 09:13 PM
A journalist for a French news org captured a close up point -blank shooting of an unarmed protestor (or food stall worker) by the police and has posted it on YouTube. The protestor is later shown as dead. If you fire a rubber bullet at very close range and target the head or heart the victim will very likely die. There are standards to follow. from iPhone application.
Discussion 7 : 28/12/2013 at 06:55 PM
I'm glad Chuvit cleared up that misunderstanding. Now all we need is for him to be our next prime minister.
Discussion 8 : 28/12/2013 at 06:51 PM
"According to Mr Chuvit, gunshots were being fired at the police even as medics were attending to a critically injured officer who later succumbed to a gunshot wound to the chest." Yes but according to the protestors, the police are all red, so they "don't count". And as Khun Veera from the Bangkok Post asks "why should the protestors obey the law when the government doesn't?"
Discussion 9 : 28/12/2013 at 06:33 PM
chuwit.always the last on the wagon.
Discussion 10 : 28/12/2013 at 05:34 PM
When Police is firing, it sounds rubbish. You even can see it, it's a friendly fire.
Discussion 11 : 28/12/2013 at 05:32 PM
You could be firing peanut bullets but the sound would be the same. It comes from the gunpowder explosion not the trajectile.
Discussion 12 : 28/12/2013 at 05:26 PM
There are bad elements on a beach, in train stations, restaurants at the bars even in Gov and the PT. DDon't forget the Shinawatra clan.
Discussion 13 : 28/12/2013 at 05:19 PM
Because rubber bullets are fired using a low velocity shell that sounds different. If rubber bullets were fired using a high velocity high grain bullrt they would be just as lethal. Oh and I am not part of the government, I am a former us army Lt. With 12 years of experience.
Discussion 14 : 28/12/2013 at 05:18 PM
Chuwit is the Chuck Norris of Thai Politics
Discussion 15 : 28/12/2013 at 04:49 PM
Insanity. Call forensics, not hearsay from a politician. Shame on you for endorsing this! Nonsense!!!
Discussion 16 : 28/12/2013 at 04:39 PM
Good that a non partisan individual spoke out and clear the air. There are bad elements in the PDRC who are instigating violence.
Discussion 17 : 28/12/2013 at 04:13 PM
My condolence to the dead officers wife. You died in the line of duty. You died for your Country. You remain a hero in our hearts. Rest in Peace brave-heart.
Discussion 18 : 28/12/2013 at 04:12 PM
If the police were firing rubber bullets how can you distinguish the sound from lethal bullets?

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