2010 Thaksin's Terrorism
Proof of Cruelty
Red-Shirt Coffin Parade Stirs Public Anger
( Last edit 2010-04-17 )
(an adaptation from
THE NATION on April 13, 2010)
As a last resort of Thaksin, the fugitive criminal, seeking Royal internvention and public sympathy for his red army, red-shirt protesters paraded their dead through Bangkok streets on April 10, 2010 but the five-hour procession appeared to spur more anger than sympathy from residents along the way. Not only that the public is not deluded by the self-inflicted assassination smear campaign of the reds, but also the red coffin parade blocked the needy roads to a halt.
They carried 16 empty coffins, covered with national flags, with photos of the dead on top and the relatives besides, to represent the protesters killed in clashes on Saturday April 10, 2010 with anti-riot troops. The coffin parade was led by UDD core leaders, Suporn Attawong, Jeng Dogjik.
The lengthy procession, with the protesters mostly on motorcycles followed by 18 pick-ups for several kilometers, cruised along Phetburi, Ramkhamhaeng, Lat Phrao, Phaholyothin, Asoke, Sukhumvit, Silom and Charoenkrung roads. The usually bad traffic of Bangkok on Saturday became a halt. Eventually, the coffin parade returned to the rally stage at Pan Fa at 15:00.
From time to time, angry residents threw objects from buildings at the passing procession and others shouted abuse from a distance. Some red shirts became angry and walked towards the residents but were restrained by red-shirt guards.
At Sukhumvit Soi 31, where the prime minister's house is located, a man in his 40s shouted abuse at the red shirts for obstructing the traffic. A group of red shirts ran at him and hit him several times. Police broke up the scuffle.
When the procession was passing the Army-run Channel 5 television, it stopped and the red shirts booed loudly. They also threw water bottles into the compound, which was guarded by soldiers.
As the procession passed in front of Assumption College in the Bang Rak area, many red shirts angrily tore off banners with the message: "Charoen Krung residents do not support violence", and placards posted on power poles saying: "Stop harming the country".
A motorist expressed her discontent at the mob by honking her car's horn. Red shirt guards jumped onto her vehicle's bonnet and stomped on the windshield.
At Klong Tan police station, taxi driver Somporn Maneeros filed a complaint with police saying he was assaulted by red-shirt protesters in Phra Khanong. He said that after dropping a passenger, he was trying to leave when a group of red shirts blocked the exit to the main road. He honked the horn and was abused by the reds. He told them he just wanted to leave the area to find his next passenger. He was punched by a man and some other red shirts hit the taxi's windscreen.
At Sanam Luang, another group of red shirts interrupted a ceremony conducted by the Network of Peaceful Means in memory of the 21 people killed in the incident.
Police had to intervene and the ceremony was later resumed inside Thammasat University across the street from Sanam Luang.