M79 grenades hit Luang Pu's rally site

Two M79 grenades were fired at an anti-government rally site on Chaeng Wattana Road on Thursday night. No injuries were reported.

One grenade was believed to have been fired from a flyover at a medical tent and another one at the women's toilets nearby, reports said.

The incidents took place at 8.26pm.

The site of the People's Democratic Reform Committee on the road is under leadership of Luang Pu Buddha Issara. It is the only stage outside Bangkok.

It was the first time that the Chaeng Wattana stage had been attacked with M79 grenades. The explosive devices were fired at a stage in Lat Phrao last week, prompting anti-government leaders to close down the stage and another one at the Victory Monument.

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Discussion 1 : 07/02/2014 at 08:23 AM
Thailand's underground gun market is estimated at 5-6 mio. unregistered weapons, some coming from neighboring countries and some from retired police officers. In Thailand police have to buy their own firearms which they can purchase at a discount at local gun shops. This is different from e.g., the US where officers have to surrender their firearm after duty. Since the M79 is used for crowd control the question of this particular weapon originating from the police is warranted.
Discussion 2 : 07/02/2014 at 08:00 AM
Every now and then, there is a report that a bunch of arms and ammunition are missing from the military armories, usually traced back to the NCOs in charge of the arsenal storage having made off with them and sold them.
Discussion 3 : 07/02/2014 at 05:54 AM
You can tell the ammunition type by fragmentation and radius of blast. M79 is a weapon that fits the profile of the attack and there really is no other ready alternative.
Discussion 4 : 07/02/2014 at 05:53 AM
In Thailand firearms are controlled and require a permit. I seriously doubt permits are issued for M79.
Discussion 5 : 07/02/2014 at 01:08 AM
If these grenades are not supplied to the red shirts by the police then who?
Discussion 6 : 06/02/2014 at 11:01 PM
M79 is only describing the type of shoulder-launcher, not the ammunition used, of which there can be several. Most are rarely lethal but can cause serious injuries. M79s are also used for police crowd control. Were they on loan from police friends? Red shirt criminals can't leave their hands off the ammo. It is much telling for their political style.
Discussion 7 : 06/02/2014 at 10:47 PM
Let me ask again a little ironic: It seems like there are so many military arms in Thailand? Every private household seems to have one? We shouldn't wonder when talking always in the "total warfare" mode...! But one question where all these arms are coming from - even in Europe we had some "total war" a few decades back, I don't know so many people who stored their Kalashnikovs, Heckler & Kochs and Mausers in the wardrobe. Even hand grenades are not very spread...
Discussion 8 : 06/02/2014 at 10:33 PM
If it is certain that it where M79 grenades, why the source that indicates this is not mentioned?
Discussion 9 : 06/02/2014 at 10:25 PM
Colonel Romklao and many other soldiers were killed with the same grenades….Seems the preferred weapon of the reds….
Discussion 10 : 06/02/2014 at 10:05 PM
At 10pm, 9 people have 'liked' this story. One day Thailand will look back on the red-shirts and UDD with disbelief and pity just as we in England do at how savage we were hundreds of years ago.

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