Protesters urged to watch for violence

Protesters planning to attend the “great mass uprising” on Jan 13 should take care and be watchful for any third-party that may try to cause violence during the demonstration, the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) said Sunday.

Caretaker Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap said in a live address on national television that information gathered by the government indicated there had been purchases of large amounts of bullets for the same type of gun stolen from police vehicles on Dec 26 during the clash between protesters and the police at the Thai-Japanese sports stadium.

He said the government was worried that there would be a “third-party” who had the intention to cause violence and blame it on the police or the protesters as the police had already arrested some people with guns and bombs who confessed to being hired to launch attacks.

“Those people who plan to cause violence should stop what they are doing, while protesters should help to keep a watch out along with officers for persons who want to create violence,” said Gp Capt Anudith.

He said security information showed that some protesters had taken drugs to give them the courage to cause violence and injuries.

Gp Capt Anudith also reminded people who plan to join the demonstration to realise that they can carry on with legal action as advised by Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary-general of People’s Democratic Reform Committee, and other core leaders, but if their actions became illegal, they might be considered guilty as accomplices. 

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Discussion 1 : 06/01/2014 at 03:18 AM
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Discussion 2 : 05/01/2014 at 10:04 PM
Wow..wow...wow. I can't believe that they said what? "He said security information showed that some protesters had taken drugs to give them the courage to cause violence and injuries." So they already accused the protester for being violent when they haven't even started the sit in yet. Minister of misinformation. This is a blatant abuse of power by this government once again. And some people don't see anything wrong with this government? Wasn't there a movie like that where soldier took some type of a drug and became super fighting machine. I can't remember the movie though.
Discussion 3 : 05/01/2014 at 09:37 PM
As a Thai, I only know the red shirts are the worst of these people. Not true? Please recall what happened at Pattaya and that not only within our own people but various dignities from the region.
Discussion 4 : 05/01/2014 at 09:35 PM
Please don't stoop so low by telling lies
Discussion 5 : 05/01/2014 at 07:58 PM
No, you're right. They are daft enough to stand up and be seen!
Discussion 6 : 05/01/2014 at 07:38 PM
You do not go to rooftops to hide...
Discussion 7 : 05/01/2014 at 06:07 PM
1) What type of gun has allegedly been 'stolen' from police vehicles (plural!) on Dec. 26th, and how many of those guns? 2)Why would guns be kept unprotected in police vehicles? 3)Why was this not reported earlier and does it contradict previous official reports? 4)What is a 'large quantity'of ammo, 50, 5,000 and since when is ammo sold freely (in large quantities...), to unlicensed gun owners, without record? 5)What has this to do with the ICT ministry, and is it not CAPO or the police reporting on this? 6)Is capt Anudith spreading PT agit-prop, or telling which gun and caliber mercenaries will use to create violence?
Discussion 8 : 05/01/2014 at 05:05 PM
luv-luv I well may be there. I was going a few days ago but there was no room on the coach for me. I gave my place up for a Thai
Discussion 9 : 05/01/2014 at 04:47 PM
Anudith Nakornthap Pitty you did not say ..we are going to arrest him and his gang this week .why so scared??? go with 1000 police man to arrest those insane leaders ..and put them in jail..but not forget to throw away the key
Discussion 10 : 05/01/2014 at 04:21 PM
You can always be there. Nobody is stopping you.
Discussion 11 : 05/01/2014 at 03:56 PM
Ah... the never ending stream of lies and deceit continues...
Discussion 12 : 05/01/2014 at 03:46 PM
You would be surprised about the millions of gullible reds who blindly swallow this government lies…..
Discussion 13 : 05/01/2014 at 03:43 PM
Previous reports in the Bangkok Post were that no guns had been stolen: only bulletproof vests and other 'equipment'. They arrested a couple of kids and had a big photo call. So how come suddenly guns were stolen? How come suddenly people are "buying ammunition" for those guns?
Discussion 14 : 05/01/2014 at 03:37 PM
As long as the regime keep their brownshirts and redshirts in control there will be no violence.
Discussion 15 : 05/01/2014 at 03:25 PM
Maybe you are right, but Red/UDD did the same 3 years ago and never got punishment... What is right and what is not right ? That's the question !!!!!
Discussion 16 : 05/01/2014 at 03:22 PM
In other words, the government is already working on its alibi. Now they have carte blanche to open fire.
Discussion 17 : 05/01/2014 at 03:07 PM
Will Smith is getting a lot of work in Thailand these days.
Discussion 18 : 05/01/2014 at 03:06 PM
Have you ever noticed there is always a mysterious bad guy or guys in black that sweaps in to instigate violence, but it is never the fault of either side. How about this no men in black, just red shirt and yellow shirts or sympethetic groups get in the street and fight it out. That is the only way this is going to be solved. My guess is not a lot on both sides have the balls to do it.
Discussion 19 : 05/01/2014 at 03:00 PM
The police appear to have once again failed to produce an obvious and important fact - who is hiring the people arrested for violent acts, if they've admitted to being hired? from Playbook application.
Discussion 20 : 05/01/2014 at 02:56 PM
This sounds like scare mongering to keep people away from the protests. More government lies
Discussion 21 : 05/01/2014 at 02:28 PM
Guns stolen from police vehicles? I know the police are dumb, but dumb enough to leave weapons unprotected in cars? Come on, CAPO, the people are not that stupid.
Discussion 22 : 05/01/2014 at 02:25 PM
Just a PTP excercise to cover up the fact that MiB will probably be in evidence as before.
Discussion 23 : 05/01/2014 at 02:22 PM
With all this evidence, you would think the government/police would be able to make some arrests? Especially if they know minute details such as certain people taking drugs? Best laugh of the day!
Discussion 24 : 05/01/2014 at 01:55 PM
Third party? Hmm I think it is called divide and conquer one of the oldest tricks in the book and is working very effectively right here in Thailand, amazing how the masses just fall into that trap over and over again!
Discussion 25 : 05/01/2014 at 01:46 PM
Very convenient statement. In other words, if the police shoot somebody then it can be blamed on this supposed third party, which no doubt the deaths outside the stadium will be. This way no blame can be put on the Government.
Discussion 26 : 05/01/2014 at 01:45 PM
"Protesters urged to watch for violence " This is wrong title....and shoud be "Goverment urged to watch for violence" or "Police urged to watch for violence" This is duty of Government (via Police) to protect the well-being of citizens...
Discussion 27 : 05/01/2014 at 01:41 PM
If they have arrested these folks and they confessed, why do not we see the arrest of the people who hired them? Two reasons pop into mind, one they haven't arrested anyone and it is all a PR stunt to cover themselves in case of violence OR two they know the person behind the plan and are friends with him.
Discussion 28 : 05/01/2014 at 01:36 PM
If they're really going to set up road blocks and demand to know from everyone who passes who the government workers are, how can there not be violence? It's intimidating behavior against normal people.
Discussion 29 : 05/01/2014 at 01:29 PM
Especially MiB hiding on roof-tops!

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