Surapong's appointment to Capo confirms Thaksin's in charge

It seems self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is indirectly commanding the police operations to deal with the protesters, with the appointment of his trusted man to take charge of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo).

Out of the blue on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok, a former police chief, was removed as the director of Capo and replaced by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, a Pheu Thai MP for Chiang Mai, Thaksin’s home town.

It was reported that Pol Gen Pracha from Capo was removed because he declined to announce the government’s statement retaliating against protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban.

Signs of the government’s hardened stance against the protesters are apparent, with the latest being the  dropping of leaflets from a police helicopter on Tuesday morning, "requesting" the protesters to disperse. 

The government has stepped up the use of TV Channel 11, with Deputy Commerce Minister Nattawut Saikuar, a red-shirt co-leader, moderating a programme on a daily basis to attack the protesters - especially its leader  Suthep, who is now facing arrest on an insurrection charge filed by the metropolitan police.

Police guarding Government House and the Metropolitan Police Bureau were regularly supplied with teargas and the guns used to fire the gas and rubber bullets.

Live ammunition has been used against the protesters, but police deny being responsible.

The Capo spokesman said on Monday that no live ammunition was used against the protesters and that no protester was shot with live ammunition, a conclusion made after a check with Hua Chiew hospital.

But Dr Vicharn Piewnim, chief of  forensic science of Ramadhibodi hospital, confirmed on Monday that one protester was shot in the chest and another shot in the leg with 9mm bullets. Another protester was hit by a rubber bullet used in riot control.

Capo also claimed that no chemicals were mixed in the water used against the protesters in front of the Metropolitan Police Bureau and Government House.  The police were armed only with shields, teargas and water cannons.

Then, please explain why the water was a purple in colour, and how come protesters suffered burns on their arms when they were exposed to the water.  It was reported that the water used by the police against the protesters was mixed with sulphuric acid.

Please stop telling lies. How far and for how long do the police think they can lie to the people?

Then, out of the blue, police have stopped firing teargas and allowed the protesters to enter the Metropolitan Police Bureau and Government House  grounds - two major government fortresses just now symbolically occupied by the protesters.

The peaceful outcome represents not just a victory for the protesters but a triumph for the country - that is,  sensibility still prevails - before it slid into a state of anarchy.

But there are still questions yet to be answered.  What now for the government and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra?  Will she resign, or will she dissolve the House?  

What about the protesters’ demand that the government handover of administrative powers to a so-called "people's council", so that a blueprint can be drawn up to pave the way for a new order for the country?  What about the "Thaksin regime"?

Will police arrest Mr Suthep, will he be forced to surrender and face the insurrection charge?  And, last but not least, what criminal offence can be lodged against fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra for his role in the government’s handling of the protesters, which has led to death and injuries, and the damage done to the country as a result of this unprecedented political crisis?

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Discussion 1 : 04/12/2013 at 07:35 PM
@bangon. You're right about this guy @ryan_c. Give him one evidence, he'll ask for another, and another, and another. I emailed him the photos that the supported my statement that the water is purple. Then he asked me "how about photo of skin burn." Read my quote above and skin burn has nothing to do with what I posted. @ryan_c's tactic is to keep asking all these minute questions to distract people from real issue. In the end, this guy like to demand of others what he himself cannot do. That put his credibility at less than zero to me from now on.
Discussion 2 : 04/12/2013 at 06:44 PM
To me, it's good that we all ask questions and double check for facts. In Thailand, the popular tactic for politicians (both sides) and the government are to supply half-truth and half-fabrication. This is easier when information is fed into population stoked by constant message of hate. I only wish my red brothers/sisters do the same. Case in point, rice pledge scheme and something simpler like Jatuporn's claim of 60,000 protestors when I saw with my own eye the number closer to 1 million (the taxi I was with estimated closer to 2 million taken into account nearby areas
Discussion 3 : 04/12/2013 at 01:06 PM
@Bewildered. In saying that it was slightly stronger then vinegar, she might be referring to the actual content of the spray that the police used, or a possible batch that would be drawn up for her analysis. I don't pretend to know. Notice that my original comment was 2 minutes before the Nation article, so I was a bit behind on the details. The two chemicals are often used together to clean pools and fish tanks. They're obviously toxic in extremely high quantities. I still haven't seen any pictures or proof that the police used acid water, just personal opinion stories. It should be easy enough to test the PH of some remaining water.
Discussion 4 : 04/12/2013 at 02:23 AM
NOW for sure Yingluck has no credibility...and should resign!! also this will not be settled until Thaksin is dead. to bad for Thailand!!!
Discussion 5 : 04/12/2013 at 12:38 AM
You would think that a reporter with such skill and understanding of the propaganda pen as Veera would at least check to see what is the hometown of Khun Thaksin, but alas he didn't. Thaksin is from San Kamphaeng, he lived there until the family moved to Chiang Mai, when he was around16, and it may be a suburb of now but many years ago it was a long way from Chiang Mai and a separate city.
Discussion 6 : 03/12/2013 at 10:54 PM
This is a big problem in Thailand. Everybody is afraid of wealthy people in Thailand.
Discussion 7 : 03/12/2013 at 10:36 PM
Yes, so let those thugs rule for another 2 years, and find a way to beat them in the ballots. Instead of shouting vote buying, why not win the hearts of the poor up north by exposing the flaws of rice scheme (scam) and be creative and thoughtful of creating policies that will benefit the poor. Or is it better to steal 'power', and let the reds burn the city down again in 6 months?
Discussion 8 : 03/12/2013 at 09:55 PM
I thought the news headlines yesterday said that there was no Thaksin regime…..
Discussion 9 : 03/12/2013 at 09:47 PM
With all do respect sir. Its far from over because of people like you who keep bringing up Thaksin and stirring more conspiracy and creating more chaos.
Discussion 10 : 03/12/2013 at 09:42 PM
when you go from 20 dislikes to 105 in 10 minutes you know the UDD supporters are involved. The last bastion of democracy, elections, being manipulated by the supporters as well as the leaders of PTP. Supporters mirror their leaders.
Discussion 11 : 03/12/2013 at 09:25 PM
Well, the description of what it is comes from a government official. She also said it is 'slightly stronger than vinegar' which is a peculiar thing to say as surely it matters how much of the chemicals you mix together in the first place. And picking holes with the author is rather petty as it is indeed sulphuric acid. The answer should be fairly easy to ascertain if anyone got a sample - or some pictures of the burns.
Discussion 12 : 03/12/2013 at 09:25 PM
Why is everyone so worried about Thaksin? Thaksin's name is getting into everyone's nerve huh!!! It seems that everyone is so afraid of Thaksin because no one is better than Thaksin and compete him or his Regime. That's a shame.
Discussion 13 : 03/12/2013 at 09:07 PM
The events of the last 2 weeks have produced more fiction than reality. Any attentive observer has clearly seen the surge of propaganda, disinformation, and lies from this government , their cronies and the police. Even BP forum has seen "overnight births" of more than 15 new pro-government posters and unbelievable tampering with the likes on pro government posts..An independent commission should be set up to find the truth…To find out the involvement of Thaksin in bringing the reds to Bangkok, and his involvement in CAPO and police….If laws have been broken or the truth perverted, the culprits should be punished or exiled to the desert!
Discussion 14 : 03/12/2013 at 08:53 PM
Go to any supermarket and look at an expensive item, it has a tag on it which need to be removed with a special tool at checkout. If you try to remove it yourself it bursts ans sprays you with a very persistent purple dye. See images here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2400234/Purple-water-cannon-Indian-police-use-coloured-water-fend-protesters.html On sensitive skin it is mildly irritating about the same levul as a mosquito bite.
Discussion 15 : 03/12/2013 at 08:43 PM
Well deserving questions, who is there to answer them?
Discussion 16 : 03/12/2013 at 08:22 PM
Done. Thank you colorblind.
Discussion 17 : 03/12/2013 at 08:22 PM
@Bangon, you should re-read my post. It says "do you have any evidence that the water was laced with sulfuric acid?" My issue is the author's relation of the supposed facts. I never asserted that no chemicals were used; it as obvious that some was. On a side not, "mixed with sulfuric acid" and mixed with two chemicals that create a mild sulfuric acid are not exactly the same.
Discussion 18 : 03/12/2013 at 07:11 PM
demagogue1: What did you expect, something 'democratic'? 'They' know the word, use it everywhere, but most don't have a clue about what it really means, and those among them who do know are the worst, because they don't even think about acting accordingly!
Discussion 19 : 03/12/2013 at 07:00 PM
Thank you Colorblind, and right you are to be carefull, never know what those guys are capable of...
Discussion 20 : 03/12/2013 at 06:51 PM
BKK-boy: Good one, for sure 'they' didn't know, or care, when 'they' did put it together, I thought about that myself, and about Thais looking for a name for a company and mostly first starting with the abreviation and fill in the blanks after, LOL. Anyway, when you don't know who's the boss, it's 'capo' Surapong. And Thaksin is 'capo capi', so true, isn't it?
Discussion 21 : 03/12/2013 at 06:51 PM
Thaksin is involved but not in-charge and surely there must be changes in those handling different action centers. Purple water..see it the first time..!
Discussion 22 : 03/12/2013 at 06:47 PM
Orange how do you make that conclusion, from what evidence.
Discussion 23 : 03/12/2013 at 06:44 PM
Thank you pjt! And what about that ryan_c, let me guess: 'I didn't mean there were no chemicals mixed with the water, I just said no sulfuric acid', yeah, yeah, next you will maybe say the police was just firing gellos, 'khanom', no rubber bullits...
Discussion 24 : 03/12/2013 at 06:42 PM
Don't guild the Lilly you mean Mafia.
Discussion 25 : 03/12/2013 at 06:38 PM
Ryan_c If you read The Nation, all evidence are written there about chemicals used against protestors!
Discussion 26 : 03/12/2013 at 06:35 PM
So to get this straight. In 2010 UDD protestors were armed and attacking govt troops. 3 years later UDD / PTP police are attacking unarmed protestors with acid. So which ever side the UDD are on is the side causing the violence.
Discussion 27 : 03/12/2013 at 06:24 PM
I realize getting any comment in when khun veer writes articles is unlikely. Nonetheless, people should know Nine vocational students were arrested for allegedly burning some vehicles of the Royal Thai Police, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) as well as a pickup truck at Bangkok's Orathai bridge during ongoing unrest. National police deputy chief Gen Worapong Chewprecha said Tuesday that police arrested the suspects, who allegedly had several guns, at Wat Somanas. He said the students joined the anti-government rally near Chamai Maruchet Bridge and had prepared weapons in advance to create chaos.
Discussion 28 : 03/12/2013 at 06:19 PM
@ryan_c. For whatever it's worth, my cousin was there. He's an amateur photographer and brought his camera with him. The water colour was purple and laced with some sort of chemical by his account, "This is not water. It is some kind of agent that itches like crazy and makes your eyes water." That was his exact word accompanying his Facebook photo post of the event. PM me if you want photo. I can't risk putting his name or FB account on here.
Discussion 29 : 03/12/2013 at 06:03 PM
Apparently the Bureau of Occupational and Environmental Diseases states that this is a mix of potassium permanganate and sodium thiosulphate which produces sulphur dioxide, which caused skin and conjunctiva irritation. When mixed with water this does produces mild sulphuric acid hence the symptoms. Apparently it was allowed for use under a riot control law
Discussion 30 : 03/12/2013 at 05:32 PM
It seems we have entered a cooling off period over the King's birthday. Hopefully both sides respect this and also use the time to think though how to resolve this without further violence or injuries. On the government side it is hard to see how they could now crackdown provided the protesters remain within the law. I hope they step back within the law. Meantime Khun Suthep or his colleagues must negotiate a solution under the present Constitution, since we have already established through the Constitutional court that we should have a referendum before rewriting the charter
Discussion 31 : 03/12/2013 at 05:28 PM
Khun Veera nails it again.
Discussion 32 : 03/12/2013 at 05:19 PM
CAPO on Wikipedia: A caporegime or capodecina, usually shortened to just a capo, is a term used in the Mafia for a high-ranking made member of a crime family who heads a "crew" of soldiers and has major social status and influence in the organization. Caporegime is an Italian word, which is used to signify the head of a family in Sicily, but has now come to mean a ranking member, similar to captain or senior sergeant in a military unit. In general, the term indicates the head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate who commands a crew of soldiers and reports directly to a boss or an underboss.
Discussion 33 : 03/12/2013 at 05:07 PM
Khun Veera, do you have any evidence that the water was laced with sulfuric acid? It seems that enough of it was spread and that much was stuck to clothes; it should be easy enough to test. And is there any evidence, photographic or otherwise, that police fired those bullets that hit protectors?
Discussion 34 : 03/12/2013 at 04:55 PM
This really is bordering on insanity.
Discussion 35 : 03/12/2013 at 04:25 PM
A sensible diffusion of the anger, probably at the behest of the Army with neither side losing face and at least a couple of peaceful days before the return of the hotheads. It's quite plain to see that Suthep's campaign was of his making only and not supported by the Democrat Leadership. Perhaps we shall see a change of tactics with the disagreements returning to Courts and the possibility of Thaksin giving his Sister a rest.
Discussion 36 : 03/12/2013 at 04:06 PM
Khun Veera,once again you've delivered a spot on opinion piece with relevant questions to the authorities,the PM and the de facto PM. Thumbs up!

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