NSC: Attacks in Bangkok, Trat linked

The attacks on protests in Bangkok and Trat during the weekend are believed to have been linked and politically motivated, National Security Council (NSC) chief Paradorn Pattanatabut said on Monday.

Lt Gen Paradorn was referring to the attack on a People's Democratic Reform Council (PDRC) gathering in Khao Saming district of Trat province on Saturday night, and the explosion in front of the Big C department store at Ratchaprasong and the discovery of an M79 grenade near the Civil Court on Ratchadapisek road on Sunday.

The incidents were linked and intended to expand the unrest to other provinces and lay blame on the government, he said.

The NSC chief said the authorities a full investigation was underway into the use of war weapons in the incidents. He said it was believed the armaments handled by people with expertise in this field. 

It was not necessary to impose the emergency decree in Khao Saming district of Trat province, he said. The  situation could still be handled with ordinary laws.

On a report that Gen Panlop Pinmanee, an adviser to the prime minister, would be appointed to the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO), Lt Gen Paradorn said this had not been raised for consideration.

Meanwhile, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief, reportedly cancelled his trip today to review a ceremony to mark the establishment of the Special Warfare Command in Lop Buri.

Gen Udomdej Sitabut, the deputy army chief, was assigned to attend the ceremony on his behalf.

Gen Prayuth remained at the 2nd Cavalry Division headquarters to follow the situation after a spade of attacks on PDRC protesters in Trat on Saturday and at Big C department store at Ratchaprasong on Sunday.

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Discussion 1 : 24/02/2014 at 03:01 PM
If only this weren't Thailand. The authorities (and apparently Suthep) always know who did it, yet the criminals continue to go unpunished.
Discussion 2 : 24/02/2014 at 02:20 PM
"The incidents were linked and intended to expand the unrest to other provinces and lay blame on the government, he said." Well, maybe ..... and your evidence to support this allegation which supports the government is what exactly ????
Discussion 3 : 24/02/2014 at 01:51 PM
It is difficult for the government "to fulfil its duty...to protect all the people" when its power to govern is so circumscribed by the judgment of the courts.
Discussion 4 : 24/02/2014 at 01:23 PM
It was not necessary to impose the emergency decree in Khao Saming district of Trat province, but should be invoked in Korat.
Discussion 5 : 24/02/2014 at 12:57 PM
It's great that Paradorn knows the attacks are linked. Since he knows that he must have an idea who the attackers are and can have them arrested shortly.
Discussion 6 : 24/02/2014 at 12:56 PM
So is National Security Council (NSC) chief Paradorn Pattanatabut, telling us that both murders are linked to Cambodia? Is so, than the warning given by the RTN went unheeded.
Discussion 7 : 24/02/2014 at 12:49 PM
Oh yes. the always convenient third hand is responsible for all of these tragic events. Not the government for failing to fulfill its duty and to accept the responsibility to protect all the people, including those peacefully engaged in their democratic right to protest. Nope, that nasty third hand, who is employed by a person or persons unknown. It seems the only time one can use the word "responsibility" in a sentence these days is when it is preceded by the word "dodge".

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