2010 Thaksin's Terrorism
Proof of Cruelty
Thaksin's Planned Incendiary Attacks
( Last edit 2010-06-01 )
AP reported: Downtown Bangkok became a flaming battleground on May 19, 2010 as an army assault forced anti-government protest leaders to surrender, enraging followers who shot grenades and set fire to landmark buildings, cloaking the skyline in black smoke.
Using live ammunition, troops dispersed thousands of Red Shirt protesters who had been camped in the capital's premier shopping and residential district for weeks. Five protesters and an Italian news photographer were killed in the ensuing gunbattles and about 60 wounded.
After Red Shirt leaders gave themselves up to police, rioters set fires at the Stock Exchange, several banks, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority, the Central World, one of Asia's biggest shopping malls, and cinema that burned to ground. There were reports of looting.
Firefighters retreated after protesters shot guns at them, and thick smoke drifted across the sky of this city of 10 million people.
Sporadic clashes between troops and protesters continued in the night at the site of former protest camp.
Analysis After The Smoke
On May 20, 2010, Panthep Puapongpan, the speaker for PAD, a guest to "News Maker" program on ASTV, discussed about evidences for a conspiracy theory over the burning of Bankok. He stronly believes that UDD red-shirts core leaders had the motives, plans and coordination to signal terrorists to simultaneously set fire to several buildings. Thus, the burning of several buildings in Bangkok is not coincidental but a premeditated orchestrated acts of terrorism.
Panthep proposed his theory why red-shirts core leaders gave themselves up too easily and why the burning of Bangkok was not because of angry and vengeful people.
"On May 18, Gen.Lertrat Ratanawanich Senator tried to facilitate peace talk. His proposal was for the soldiers to retreat and resume talks. When he got on the red-shirt stage, he was ferociously booed. Even Nattawut Saikua who is a slick speaker and very good at debate was not successful to convince the protester mass. It was because protesters have been instigated for a long time and deeply convinced that soldiers were brutal. Protesters were too angry at Abhisit and soldiers."
"Noticeably, only Weera Musikapong did not point the finger to the soldiers. He always mentioned MIB with unknown sources who shot at protesters. However, other leaders say differently which misled protesters. Therefore, there was a component of anger among some protesters but not all of them."
"On the stage, the format of speeches were like signalling command which posed threats. The core leaders stage is a command post, for who, when, what, and where to act."
"Seh Daeng, Maj.Gen.Kattiya, said Saladaeng was the crucial spot to block any attacks to reach the speech stage. It is true. That is why Sarasin road was tough. It was meant to be tough. Twenty gunmen were arrested at Sarasin road. While soldiers were on Rajdamri, they were bombarded with rifles and M-79.
The reds did not want the soldiers to get through easily. They wanted to buy time for the core leaders."
"Reuters' video, at the time of May 19 soldiers' morning approach, showed that behind the stage was entrenched and prepared to set fire to the tyre stacks. Also TPBS' video shot from a height, saw somebody on the BTS rail approaching."
"When the core leaders would soon be arrested by the soldiers, they felt the threats to their lives and had to buy time before the soldiers would reach the stage. They had to make sure that all evidences would be well destroyed, in particular the military weapons in the rally site."
Otherwise, the soldiers would put hands on Central World, and do meticulous search for weapons in Central world and Wat Pratum Temple.
Therefore, the core leaders announced a rather quick dissolution of the rally and gave themselves to the police at the National Police Bureau rather than surrender to the soldiers (equivalent to the Nazi troops at the end of WWII gave themselves up to US, French or British army rather than to the Russian)
But before Nattawut arrived at the police bureau they started to burn tyres every where first.
At Central World which rumours said that there were hidden military weapons, hundreds of red-shirts broke the glass windows and set fire once in the afternoon.
When the building did not collapse, red-shirts restarted the incendiary again at about 20:00.
At Wat Pathum temple, the red-shirts took over and allowed no news reporter in. There is a police booth in front of Wat prathum temple where it used to be Seh Daeng rest place and probably a harbour of some military weapons.
Actually, there were plenty of arms hidden in the temple. [Ronayos add: How come! when it was only red-shirts guards who imposed strict search of the people entering the temple.]
Now let's look at Nattawut, the secretariat of UDD.
He mentioned Central World first. He may sound funny on the stage for the audiences but that was a very fearful threat for the owner of the department store. How about other businesses, Big C belongs to Jirathiwat family, several other shops of jewelry, brand names luxurious goods, red-shirts leaders were agents for ransom.
Red-shirts leaders kept calling Central World and Big C which means they targetted those businesses. Amarin plaza was not targetted because they facilitated red-shirts rally.
Speech of Nattawut Sai-Kua, the secretariat of UDD on April 8, 2010 at Raj Prasong
"When I was young, I was easily startled. Particularly when I was attentively listening to something, or was tired and sleepy, if suddenly there was a bang, I would with shock run into stores, my mother told me that. Suppose being asleep, all of a sudden, Central World, bang, Keysorn, bang, Paragon, bang, that's it. My startled habbit would drive me running into sotres. The stores' walls are thick concrete, however, despite me being in shock, I would not run into the concrete. I would run into glasses. Then, I would not run into glasses over and over, caus... I was not starring in 'the Ghost' " that could jump in and out of the walls. So, when I am startled, I would not run emty-handed. I would have some bricks in my hand and throw them along the way."
"Also, I say up to hundreds of thousands of red-shirts are easily startled. And to me, they possess various different startling behaviours. Some near Central World get shocked toward Central World. Some near Keysorn get shocked toward Keysorn. Some near Paragon get shocked toward Paragon. Stange enough, some here get shocked, but would run toward Emporium."
"So, I am so worried. If bang, bang, bang with smart bombs, and in the soldiers come, ten or hundreds of thousands people, jumble in shock, knocking about merchandises in stores. Startled red-shirts, I see their behaviours are that, they would not run to supermarket to trip over boxes of Tide. No they won't. At least, they must be boxes of Christian Dior. Some are even more strange, when they are startled, they would run in to jewelry shops, gold shops. Also, what some are worried about their pickups or their cars. If the soldiers get in, they would be afraid that the cars would be trampled and dented. Then, they would dizzily drive their cars into stores. They are really easily startled. I warn you that people in shock are uncontrollable because they are out of their minds."
"Not only people sitting here, motorcyclists, taxi-drivers, tuk-tuk-driver, anybody who are red-shirts on the street when they know that soldiers started to crackdown, when they hear boom, boom, boom, they become individually startled. They ride their bikes all over the stores. They drive their tuk-tuks up the escalators and poke into the lifts to the sixth floor to the cinema theatre and hit the screen. Oh I do not know how the law would punish red-shirts because they are in shock. Why would they be shock? It is because of the explosions. So, do not fire explosions then. Come in quietly, Oh, with silence, they would be even more shocked. They would not know what the attackers be after, which could be dangerous. Therefore, I see Keysorn Plaza has a lot for people to be startled."
Speech of Nattawut Sai-Kua, on Jan 27, 2010 at Soi Dow Mountain
"If they [the military] seize power, I will set fire the whole country. Go ahead set fire my brothers and sisters. I take all responsibility. Who will arrest you, come to arrest me. If they seize power, burn it."
Speech of Arisman Pongruangrong on March 12, 2010 at Udornthani
"This time we are going to settle the account with the tyrant Abhisit Vejjajiva's government and all the old aristocrats. They do not have to mention which important places they are going to be sabotaged. They do not have to gossip that the places could be religious places of Muslims, hospitals, Raj Vithi road, bridges, Siriraj Hospital, Airports, the government house, important ministries, the Bank of Thailand, commercial banks, military barracks, important figure houses, courts of laws, independent bodies offices. They do not have to mention. If they use violence against red-shirts, I guarantee that what you mention will not exist in Thailand any longer."
Speech of Arisman Pongruangrong on January 29, 2010 at Raj Damnoen road in front of the head quarter of the army
"I have simply concluded that the struggle is against the aristocrat, against the army who serves the aristocrat which staged a coup. We have to unify into one under the slogan "All for one" to overturn the aristocrat."
"Next time, if we know that they are going to crackdown, we do not have to bother to prepare to much. Find a glass bottle, only one each, to be filled with petrol afterward. Only 75 cc to 1 litre would be enough. If a million of us come to Bangkok, we would have about 1 million litre of petrol. I guarantee that Bangkok will be a sea of fire."
"Simple fighting of red-shirts like this, remember soldiers, remember soldiers under the aristocrats ("Ammat"), if you hurt any red-shirts, if only a single drop of blood, Bangkok shall immediately become a sea of fire. For other provinces, Jatuporn has said that our brothers and sisters in those provinces who do not come are O.K. But if anything happens, do gather immediately at the townhalls. Do not wait for any incidence. Do flatten them all."
Jatuporn Prompan's speech on April 3, 2010 at Raj Prasong rally stage
"Red-shirts in other provinces outside Bangkok please listen to the missions. Go to gather at the townhalls. Wait until there is the crackdown, then make the decision immediately. In every province, go to the townhall. Wait for the sinal from here. As soon as the screen goes blank, it means the crackdown has started. Brothers and sisters make decision to go ahead immediately."
"Central World also does not have to be afraid of the people because the people who rally, if with malicious intentions against you, you would go bust. But we come in peace. No problem."
Weera Musikapong, President of UDD's speech on March 21, 2010 at Pan Fah bridge
"If you are using violence, use it with us, the core leaders. We have been waiting to welcome you every minute. Do not trouble our brothers and sisters. If you think that this strategy is going to scare them so badly that they run away home, it may be possible for them to be dispersed but I will tell you that every inch of Thailand will be aflamed."
Speech of Wichian Kao-kam, Pua Thai party MP from Udornthani, on March 23, 2010.
"You, Suthep [Tuaksuban, the Deputy Prime Minister and CRES chief], do listen.Tomorrow if we cannot enter the parliament, the democrat [party building] will be burnt down."
Before May 19, 2010, the red-shirt rally was already over 1 month. The high market shopping streets of Thailand were blocked by protesters. Five-stars hotels were shut down. Dusit Thani hotel was shot with RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade).
On May 19, 2010 upon surrendering of the core leaders, red-shirt protesters set fire to several big department stores, particularly Central World which has collapsed, Siam cinema theatre and Centre One at the corner of Victory Monument which were totally destroyed and several commercial banks particularly more than 10 branches of Bangkok Bank which were burnt down.
Central World, being the nearest to the rally site, is not difficult to undersand why it was set ablazed, but the shopping centre on the opposite side, such as the Keysorn Plaza was not affected or to the very least extent. Erawan Hotel behind the rally stage was not burnt or even touched.
The incendiary seems to be selective for particular targets. For example, Central World belongs to Jirathiwat family which owns shares in Bangkok Post which has taken over news management for Channel 11 of NBT under the Department of Public Relation. Bangkok Post was also surrounded and threatened with arson.
Dusit Thani Hotel is owned by the son-in-law of a Democrat's Minister. Centre One owner is an opposer of the red-shirts. Bangkok Bank is accused by red-shirts to be in connection with aristocrats ("Ammat"). Also, Koon Ying Kalya Soponpanich, a Minister of Science and Technology from Democrat party is in the family which partly owns the Bangkok Bank.
Channel 3 national TV station was surrounded and set fire to (above vdo), one hour after red-shirts gave up the rally at Raj Prasong on May 19, 2010. One week earlier, a male star contracted with the TV station, Pongpat Vajirabanjong had announced to the public on a television award ceremony that he was loyal and prepared to die for the King. A female red-shirt core leader, Daranee Kritabunyalai, then targetted Pongpat on red-shirt rally stage that he was the enemy of the red-shirts.
Seven-eleven shops belong to CP group which is also accused by red-shirts to be supporting of aristocrats. Whereas the department stores which were not destroyed such as Keysorn Plaza belongs to Sri Wikorn family which is a member of Pua Thai party and Hyatt Erawan Hotel belongs to Kiatnakin family which has the son-in-law, Pongthep Thepkanjana, a former judge, former MP and former minister from TRT, being a personal speaker for Thaksin Shinwatra. Nearby Thanachart Bank and L&H bank on Sathorn road survived the arson probably because they have connections with Pua Thai party.
Lots of properties from stores, cash from ATM and banks had been looted then later the buildings were burnt down. Food from Seven-Eleven was also looted. The damages were incalculable.
Kwanchai Prai-pana, Udorn lover UDD, one of the red-shirts violent faction leader led protesters from the northeast to Bangkok in his new Mercedes Bentz and parked it at the rally site. When his wife came after the rally ended, to retrieve it, a search by officers revealed the Mercedes was harbouring weapons as well as lots of jewelry looted from shops in the burnt-down buildings.
Red-shirt leaders instigated their followers to incendiary.
Within the red zone, red-shirts set fire to tyres and targetted buildings. Red gunmen kept shooting at firefighters and soldiers, making putting out of fire impossible.
After Raj Prasong core leaders surrendered to the police, Din Daeng Triangle mob ruled and started arsons.
TRT ex-MP led incendiary of Udornthani's townhall.
Pretty Savage Stupid Looking foreign red-shirts
The YouTube video of Jeff Savage, 48, vowing to loot and burn a Bangkok shopping mall some days before Red shirts actually set fire to the targets he mentioned.
He even said, "We're gonna smash the fucking Central Plaza to shit. We're gonna steal everything out of it and burn the fucker down. Trust me, get pictures of that fucker. We're gonna loot everything, gold, watches, everything, and then we're gonna burn it to the ground."
Thai lady shop owner becomes bankrupt because of Thaksin's terrorism. She swears to go after Thaksin and the Shinawatras.