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Thai tyrants cling to power on top of the dead bodies of the people

by Giles Ji Ungpakorn
Issue No. 2201

Unconfirmed reports indicate that Abhisit's soldiers have shot dead at least 50 people do far. Hundreds are injured. They say there are 500 'terrorists' in the protest site. Earlier they said that they would use snipers to shoot 'terrorists'.

The only terrorists are in the government, the army and the palace.

The tyrants say that the Red Shirts are all determined to overthrow the monarchy and therefore it is justifiable to kill them. So having a monarchy is an excuse to kill anyone who fights for democracy and social justice.

Various government spokespeople, including Abhisit's academic-for-hire Panitan Wattanayagorn  and censorship boss Satit Wongnongtuay, continue to lie and lie again, claiming that troops only fire in self defence. Eyewitnesses report indiscriminate shooting of unarmed civilians including a 10 year old boy, a paramedic and foreign news reporters.

So-called human rights groups have been calling on 'both sides' to stop the violence. Yet it is only one side which is using lethal violence against unarmed pro-democracy demonstrators. Even Reporters Without Borders demands that 'both sides' guarantee the safety of reporters. How can Red Shirts guarantee anyone's safety when they are being murdered in cold blood?

Many so-called news reports write that troops fire on rioters. No one is rioting except the army. Others talk about 'protests turning violent'. It is not the protesters who are violent.

Unarmed pro-democracy protesters are being systematically murdered in order to keep Abhisit and his military backed government in power. The King is silent as usual. His only job, apart from counting his wealth, is to legitimise every bloody act that the army commits. Yet so-called analysts write that he has 'held the country together'. The fact is he has supported every crack down on democracy. He is weak and spineless. That is why millions of Red Shirts are becoming republicans.

The United Nations has just selected Thailand to be on the Human Rights Committee. What a joke! But what can one expect from a body ddominated by warmongers.


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Mon 17 May 2010, 10:09 BST
Issue No. 2201
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