Military role in Lak Si clash questioned

The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship on Sunday asked army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha and People's Democratic Reform Committee leader Suthep Thaugsuban whether soldiers were involved in the clash between PDRC protesters and red shirts at Lak Si intersection on Saturday.

The clash left nine people injured, two of them seriously.

The question was raised by UDD chair Tida Thawornseth at a press conference at the Lat Phrao Imperial Department Store.

Ms Tida showed to the press images and video clips of the Lak Si clash. She said the evidence showed groups of two to three men, each clad in black, opening fire at the red shirts.

In each team, there was a shooter and one or two others pinpointing the targets, she said. She denied a suggestion by an appointed senator made to foreign reporters that it was the red shirts opening fire at each other, but did not name the senator.

Ms Tida said from the clips the men in black wore a green arm-band, similar to the one issued by the Thai Journalists Association, and were clearly trying to disguise themselves as reporters. In fact, they were PDRC men, she added.

"In the pictures, soldiers sat watching what was happening, doing nothing. Was it because they were all soldiers? The way they dressed and their equipment were the same. All the firing was from the PDRC's side. Our brothers and sisters were not armed. They were villagers from the Thung Song Hong housing estate, mostly women," she said.

Ms Tida said the armed men were suspected to be regular soldiers or people used to operating in the jungle.

Yossawaris Chuklom, or Jeng Dokchik, a UDD core member, demanded Mr Suthep answer whether the armed men at the Lak Si intersection were soldiers supporting the PDRC, saying they looked like they had undergone military training.

He also asked Gen Prayuth to reply to the same question.

None of the red shirts at Lak Si were armed and it was they who were attacked in a one-sided engagement, Mr Yossawaris said.

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Discussion 1 : 02/02/2014 at 11:47 PM
Facts is the only thing worth listening to. That goes for what is going down in BKK. That is the only way to avoid rumors. That is the police's job, so do it. Both side can try to tell us they're propaganda, but it is colored. Give us the fact about money spent on the rice-scam. How much did the farmers get of the 700bn. Who is shooting on who in BKK. Who is corrupt in the government? This are all criminal cases. Give us the fact, or is it to dangerous for the to police them selves?
Discussion 2 : 02/02/2014 at 11:38 PM
Ms Tida, go home and tell your fairy tales to your grand-children if you got any and if they are willing to listen to you. I guess you will force them to listen to your paranoia stories.
Discussion 3 : 02/02/2014 at 11:28 PM
To Tida: You can fool some people some time, but you can't fool all the people all the time. ( Bob Marley, Stand up)
Discussion 4 : 02/02/2014 at 08:55 PM
"...saying they looked like they had undergone military training." Have to agree because the few pictures in the BP show armed men using cover and concealment (military tactic) and the left-handed shooter in the prone position using his right hand to support his shooting hand is classic tactic of shooters on a firing range. The question remains who were they and why and who were they shooting at.
Discussion 5 : 02/02/2014 at 07:07 PM
Tida still does not admit that there were armed Red Shirts in 2010. Why would she admit the truth about armed Red Shirts in 2014?
Discussion 6 : 02/02/2014 at 07:00 PM
why no one show the clip of whom start 1st hahaha... they always do like this start to attacked and show the clip of in-front who defense.
Discussion 7 : 02/02/2014 at 06:39 PM
Thida should better ask the police this question, because police were there and did NOTHING . The military arrived later. There are dozens of video clips and pictures on the internet about this incident and you can see police hanging around doing NOTHING. Thida can fool her own people, but not us. We all know what happened the last few weeks, the reputation and facts are known and documented.
Discussion 8 : 02/02/2014 at 06:27 PM
"used to operating in the jungle" Well, in my books that is a give away K. Tida.
Discussion 9 : 02/02/2014 at 06:27 PM
Last time I heard of men in black was during the red shirt riots. Tida is incredibly biased.
Discussion 10 : 02/02/2014 at 06:09 PM
From the video footage that I have seen on the internet it was clear that both sides were armed. Like the old saying "It takes 2 to tango". I don't agree that the PDRC should block votes, but from a PDRC point of view they have been shot at and bombed in recent days. Both sides are armed and on high alert. The situation has been very tense and it just takes one person to from either side to start the ball rolling. The police should be investigating to see who actually started the firing, but getting the thruth out of the police findings is very difficult. It's almost "Boy cried wolf" you never know what to believe.
Discussion 11 : 02/02/2014 at 05:59 PM
Tida, Scotland Yard needs people like you who can solve problems so easily and quickly...5555

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