Police blame blast on protest route

The last minute decision to change the route of an anti-government protest march on Friday made it impossible for police to provide proper security for the group, leading to an explosion which injured 36 demonstrators, according national police chief Adul Saengsingkaew.

Pol Gen Adul said police were unable to fully protect the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) march because it altered its route so abruptly.

He denied police links to the bomb, which exploded near to where PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban was leading protesters in a march to drum up support for the anti-government group.

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has assigned him to investigate the explosion, the national police chief added.

The PDRC had planned to walk a different route from their Lumpini Park rally stage, but demonstrators changed course and marched to Banthat Thong instead, Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy commander Adul Narongsak said.

Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak questioned why the march route had been changed but did not indicate how or if the new route was connected to the bomb attack.

He called on protesters to allow police forensic experts to go into the rally area to collect evidence. Protesters have refused police entry to a nearby building believed to be the place where a suspect threw the bomb at demonstrators for fear they could tamper with evidence.

PDRC guards have so far only allowed soldiers to enter the building thought to have been the hiding place of the suspect.

The bomb used in the attack is believed to have been an M26 grenade, a grenade cap for which was found at the blast site. 

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Discussion 1 : 18/01/2014 at 08:52 PM
One can only wonder if either side had read the bush-cheney handbook on false flag operations?
Discussion 2 : 18/01/2014 at 04:49 PM
Very suspicious circumstances. The protesters suddenly changed the route of their planned march, and lo and behold someone was waiting there to throw a grenade. What a set-up, so they could blame it on government supporters.
Discussion 3 : 18/01/2014 at 10:08 AM
The police blaming it on the route change is not funny. They couldn't even stop gun fire for hours when the crowds weren't even moving - what was their excuse then?
Discussion 4 : 18/01/2014 at 07:45 AM
Trying to amend his past of not having the power he desired.
Discussion 5 : 18/01/2014 at 06:56 AM
Everyone could be a suspect and to have a possible suspect handling and handing over the evidence plus refusing law enforcement to investigate taints the case severely.
Discussion 6 : 18/01/2014 at 06:49 AM
From bomb to gernade Well first thing where did gernade come from? mostly since police here aren't hired for there brain power I would venture a guess the Police maybe? Then have the gall to say it is last minute change of route at fault get real who would have that information so quick so as to adjust and attack Police most likely. They just keep digging deeper hole.
Discussion 7 : 18/01/2014 at 02:08 AM
if the route of march changed at the last minute common sense says there is some dark forces at work here, I blame the people who changed the route and for not letting the police to investagate the seen of the crime , well that makes these people criminals !
Discussion 8 : 18/01/2014 at 02:02 AM
Suthep is not looking for power, he's only trying to amend his past.
Discussion 9 : 18/01/2014 at 01:32 AM
I think is a question of trust in police - in Sweden or Germany you can talk to every policemen and ask for the way or where is next railwaystation and so on. Policemen are friendly and mostly helpfully. You shouldt never try to give them money - than they become very angry. In Thailand the peopels change side of street if police come.
Discussion 10 : 18/01/2014 at 12:14 AM
As much as i respect the ideaology of what khun Suthep and his many shhep like followers are trying achieve in Thailand (it is long overdue) I cnnot help but wonder what will happen when they get the red shirt party influence out of the Government? 1. who will be in power? = more corrupt politicians ( Khun Suthep is no angel and has also been charged in the past with corruption . YES / NO ? 2. Why are the police blaming a change in the route of the march as the reason for the bomb, didi the bombers know the route at short notice , and the police did not ??? just 2 quesions, as this post not give me more to type ???
Discussion 11 : 17/01/2014 at 10:28 PM
Ther protesters refused entry to the police? And so what did the police do? Just walk away? How about arresting the protesters for obstruction and tampering with a crime scene. Another report says that two police badges were found/planted. How convenient.
Discussion 12 : 17/01/2014 at 10:16 PM
Ah, someone changed the route so it's not the police's fault? So that's all right then. Wouldn't want the police to take responsibility for their inaction, would we?
Discussion 13 : 17/01/2014 at 09:49 PM
Who started the violence?? This is only the reaction of it.
Discussion 14 : 17/01/2014 at 09:16 PM
How can they diny police entry to a crime scene? Amazing Thailand.
Discussion 15 : 17/01/2014 at 09:03 PM
Other than extorting money from motorists, the police don't seem to have a function in Thailand.
Discussion 16 : 17/01/2014 at 08:49 PM
I thought these protesters had their own security detail. Some even in the military. Where were they?
Discussion 17 : 17/01/2014 at 08:19 PM
As if police ever provided any security to the protesters. And of course police was never linked to anything. Innocent as angels.
Discussion 18 : 17/01/2014 at 08:05 PM
Under current conditions, there will only be more violence.
Discussion 19 : 17/01/2014 at 07:58 PM
Who does still wonder why, except PT and the red thugs, nobody trusts the (watermelon-)police anymore...

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