Army: No involvement in Laksi clash

The army was not involved in the clash between People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters and red-shirts at Laksi intersection on Feb 1, even though some of the weapons used might be similar to military weaponry, army spokesman Winthai Suwari said on Monday.

Col Winthai was responding to comments by police that evidence collected from the scene showed that tweapons fired were of types used by the military.

He said the types of weapons mentioned by the police were used not only by the military but also by police, and many other people..

The army, in particular, has a strict rule on control of weapons.  Moreover, during this period there are no missions requiring soldiers to go out with weapons, Col Winthai said.

What is worrying is the fact that a large number of army weapons had been seized by protesters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) during the 2010 political violence and not all of them had been retrieved.

The army would coordinate with those handling this case to follow up to see if any progress had been made, Col Winthai said.

The army spokesman also said soldiers who were at the Laksi intersection confirmed that during the clash shots were fired from many different directions.

Therefore, before arriving at a conclusion and making it public  the police should thoroughly examine the evidence so that their findings are acceptable to society beyond doubt, otherwise their credibility could be affected, he said.

"Please don't rush to make a conclusion because it could be expanded to be a conflict by ill-intentioned people.  The conclusion made in haste may also cause authorities concerned to be misled and result in injustice.

"Whenever there is a case of rival groups engaged in a clash which involves use of weapons, we should try to establish facts from evidence and circumstances to find out who are involved, where and how in order to get real culprits for legal action," Col Winthai said.

The spokesman called for people who have pictures of use of violence, regardless by which group, to send them to the army's image centre at emai: or call 083-1887088 to give the information to the authorities.

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Discussion 1 : 04/02/2014 at 04:49 AM
"He said the types of weapons mentioned by the police were used not only by the military but also by police, and many other people." "and many other people"?? Now, that is scary, no matter what country you live in.
Discussion 2 : 03/02/2014 at 09:48 PM
The Army is correct, they had no involvement, none. Pictures of the events on foreign website shows soldiers fully suited up cowering next to civilians. If they are not going to take any action then why are they there?
Discussion 3 : 03/02/2014 at 09:37 PM
Senior management in the police force are again too quick to jump to conclusions and voice their opinion. Weapons that may be used by the military can include automatic rifles down to regular pistols (eg. 9mm) - that doesn't necessarily mean that the military was wielding them. On a serious note, I think the police should take a lesson from other professional organizations and utilize the phrase "no comment", in order to avoid creating further confusion and misunderstanding in an already tense situation.
Discussion 4 : 03/02/2014 at 07:14 PM
did the police get the message?
Discussion 5 : 03/02/2014 at 06:48 PM
We all know how these people could make fast tracks without any evidences but with all the people as witnesses in broaddaylight the killings of of sutin was still in limbo...what the army said was the total truth...where were the guns which the reds stole from the army in 2010??? still no clues yet.
Discussion 6 : 03/02/2014 at 06:31 PM
otherwise their credibility could be affected, he said. I love the part about their Credibility. What credibility? Let's face the truth. The Thai Police are some of the worst in the world. Why hasn't any person been arrested for all the shooting and bombings of the protesters. Why hasn't there been any arrest of the murders that killed the protester. Any law enforcement agency that sides with a Political Party is not worth having the name of Police. Police are suppose to serve and protect all citizens. Thailand's Red Shirts with Brown Shirts are pathetic.
Discussion 7 : 03/02/2014 at 06:20 PM
Help the army by sending your pictures….Help the army to prove the Dubai brownshirts have AGAIN been lying and cheating…..
Discussion 8 : 03/02/2014 at 06:15 PM
The Police shoot themselves in the feet daily and worsen their reputation for bias in favour of the person who appointed the Metropolitan Chief of Police. They continue to try to put blame on the Army for something. We know that the Police and the DSI won't pursue a case involving the Red Shirts and we know why.

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