Foreign force suspected in Trat attack

The attack on the People's Democratic Reform Committee gathering in Trat's Khao Saming district on Saturday night was the work of an armed foreign force, according to Rr Adm Winai Klom-in, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command, or Navy SEALs.

The attack left one five-year-old girl dead and many people wounded.

Rr Adm Winai said he strongly believed it was the work of a foreign force which had sneaked into the country across the border.

When asked to comment on the attack, he said: "Now you can see what has happened. Who else would do things like this in this area? As I told you, foreign forces are brutal."

On a suggestion that the area was under SEAL intelligence operations, Rr Adm Winai admitted the area was too vast to be fully covered.

He said it was beyond doubt that it was the work of a foreign force. Asked to prove his suspicion, he said: "Thais would not do this to fellow Thais."

Gen Panlop Pinmanee, a prime ministerial adviser, denied a suggestion that the attack on the PDRD gathering in Trat was an overture to his joining the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO). He denied having anything to do with it.

"Soldiers would not do anything like this to the people. We would do this only to armed elements," he said.

"I think people in Thai society are getting more cruel every day. Politics is also heavily manipulated. It is like there is no law. Quite disturbing," the retired general said.

On his joining the CMPO, Gen Panlop said he had not been officially contacted by either Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra or CMPO director Chalerm Yubamrung.

Gen Panlop said he still did not know what he could do to help the CMPO. "It may concern tactics to fight an unidentified force doing harm or obstructing police from performing their duties," he said.

He said he had not been in contact with former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and any work he does with the CMPO should not have anything to do with him.

"I am not sure if I will be appointed to the CMPO. When this became news, many voiced opposition to me," he said.

On his image of being fond of violence, particularly in the attack on Krue Se Mosque in Pattani on April 28, 2004, he said he had been acquitted by the court after being sued for having overacted in handling the mosque's occupation by a number of Muslim militants. He was deputy director of the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) at the time, and the attack resulted in more than 30 people killed.

He said he decided to use force 10 hours after telling the militants to lay down their arms.

"Don't raise this matter to block me. I have cleared myself of it," Gen Panlop said.

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Discussion 1 : 23/02/2014 at 06:45 PM
Foreign forces would mean forces from Cambodia. What then is more probable. Cambodia wants to attack Thailand and has started a little war? Some Cambodian people take fun in killing Thais? Some Cambodian got paid to do it? Guess the paid mercenaries are most probable. As bikeme asked: where is the money from? Have to add: Who has good connections to Cambodia, to its government? Dear General, I guess you will not be asked to join CMPO if really the killers came from Cambodia.
Discussion 2 : 23/02/2014 at 06:06 PM
Listen to who is talking. The navy commander is blaming foreign forces. Where is his proof . Trying to deflect attention from his protection of the PDRC
Discussion 3 : 23/02/2014 at 05:37 PM
It is clear only the army can protect peaceful protesters against the police, the reds and the hired assassins....
Discussion 4 : 23/02/2014 at 05:34 PM
You mean by Thais not living in Thailand.....
Discussion 5 : 23/02/2014 at 05:19 PM
Thais would never do this becasue Thai Rak Thak. Thai Rak Thai had plenty of money to get the kids of the former Khmer Rouge a cameo in this play though.
Discussion 6 : 23/02/2014 at 05:17 PM
If this was done by foreign forced, than do we think Cambodia is getting involved in Thai politics? A member of the Shin Dynasty is marries ti the son of a Khmer Rouge leader, and Big Brother is, or was an adviser to to Hon Sen. So is this a power plan to get the military involved?
Discussion 7 : 23/02/2014 at 05:14 PM
After horror in Trat, at Ban Pha bridge, in, too, many, places in recent months, I ask: who, for anything sacred in the world, can be evil and sick enough to recruit, finance, direct, these mercenaries to commit monstrosities on Thai people? Peacefull protesters and policemen on duty are the designated prime 'targets', IMO, this is all part of one well concerted operation aiming to destabilize the Thai STATE! And who could gain from that? A 'third hand' is a fable for gullible, IMO, the PDRC, Suthep, have much, all, to lose in a violent radicalization, which treathens the RTA's present policy, and interests too, so, who ...?
Discussion 8 : 23/02/2014 at 05:07 PM
Well I have read this article twice and came up with the same conclusion, ( RUBBISH ) why not blame it on the Russians in Pattaya or Farland that live in BKK, Thais would not do this to Thais, A question who has killed all the other Thais, farlang ??
Discussion 9 : 23/02/2014 at 05:05 PM
Sure is fast to point fingers away from Thailand
Discussion 10 : 23/02/2014 at 04:56 PM
"Thais would not do this to fellow Thais." ... some evidence!
Discussion 11 : 23/02/2014 at 04:38 PM
Foreign fighters wouldn't cross over from Cambodia to attack anti-government protestors for the fun of it. They would only do so in return for some sort of benefit or payment. Who could afford to provide sufficient benefit or payment? According the the red shirts, the old elite are behind the PDRC, that leaves the new elite or one of their well funded branches. And still haven't heard word one of condemnation from the government over the murder of an innocent child.
Discussion 12 : 23/02/2014 at 04:34 PM
Everyone says that no Thais would do this to fellow Thais and certainly not their own boys. But Thais seem to do this type of stuff to other Thais on a regular basis in the South and, increasingly now, in other parts of the country. The killers are most likely Thais and, even if they are foreigners, they are certainly paid by Thais to do this.
Discussion 13 : 23/02/2014 at 04:32 PM
In any Western country, this would be the subject of a major investigation and if any links are found to the government, it would be their undoing. In Thailand it will be forgotten in the news just like all the other attacks on protestors. The media should have a field day with this but they won't. Gen Panlop sounds like an arrogant man who does not care what anybody else thinks. He will fit well in CMPO.

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