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    Posted January 1, 2014 by
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    Source: Post Today; Date: Jan 1, 2014


    Special Report by Political News Team


    It is no longer a coincidence or normal when the rally spot of the People and Students Network for the Reform of Thailand (KPT) at Chamaimayurachet Bridge on Phitsanulok Rd. becomes a target for violence. Unidentified assailants stealthily opened fires on security volunteers or guards of KPT. One was killed and another was injured in just the last few days alone. This did not include the incidents when metropolitan police apprehended Pichit Chaimongkol, KPT Spokesman, in the middle of a reputed mall; and mysterious vehicles suspiciously pursued Nitithorn Lamlua, KPT advisor.


    Lets browse back through the incidents when KPT was attacked. The first time was on Dec 28 when its guards were ambushed with M-16 in the middle of the night. Yuthana Oang-art, a volunteer guard, was killed. Subsequently, deep into the night of Dec 30, there was another shooting incident with firearms of unknown caliber on KPT guards once again in the Mikasawan Garden Junction area at Gate 5 of the Government House across the street from Education Ministry. This injured Poakes Boonyok, a taxi driver who was rallying with KPT. He was shot in the middle of his back through his front and was critically wounded although he was standing guard within the perimeter of the bunker.


    Police don’t know who the assailants were and blame it on a “third party.”


    But the point of interest that cannot be eliminated is probably KPT’s role as the vanguard of PDRC’s deployment of massive number of people to various places on several occasions. This includes clashing with police at the Government House’s checkpoints in early December and advancing their troops to meet with Tharit Pengdit, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Director at his stronghold.


    Most recently, they clashed with riot police at Din Daeng Thai-Japanese Stadium on the day numbers were being picked for political parties for the election. As a result, a police officer and a protestor, one from each side, were dead. Those did not include about 100 people injured on both sides.


    The structure of KPT consists of a group of technology college students volunteering as guards while another main part is from State Enterprise Workers Relations Confederation (SRC) regarded as its fighting force. Its leaders are not ordinary. They are seasoned and have entirely been through mass political movements.


    Nitithorn Lamlua, aka attorney Nok Khao, is an attorney for civil society groups to oppose state projects on several occasions, for instance, the Thai-Malaysia Gas Pipeline Project; the privatization cases of state enterprises such as Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and Petroleum Authority of Thailand filed with Administrative Court; and the Thai-Cambodian Joint Communique Revocation in the case of Preah Vihear Ancient Temple as a World Heritage being unconstitutional. There are also other political cases such as the case of Yongyuth Tiyapairach’s 2007 electoral fraud and the case of April 2, 2006 election. He is also in the team of attorneys in the kidnapping and murder case of Akeyuth Anchanbutr.


    Uthai Yodmanee is the President of Ramkhamhaeng University Student Association. He led Ramkhamhaeng University students to rally in front of Thai Rak Thai party to oust Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006.


    Ratachayuth Sriyothinsak, formerly named Amorn Amornratananon, has had political role for public sector for a long time. He was the Secretary of the Student Center in 1976. He escaped and joined the Communist Party of Thailand after the event of Oct 6, 1976.


    Another important leader known in the muster as “Col. George” or Kitichai Saisa-ard, is the Vice President of Provincial Electricity Authority Union. He has played a role as Head of Security for the People’s Alliances for Democracy since 2006.


    Even Pichit who is KPT Spokesman has his tenure as the Deputy Secretary of the Student Federation of Thailand (SFT). He was injured by riot police when he brought some villagers to oppose the building of Thai-Malaysia gas pipelines and waded in to file his complaints with Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin Shinawatra, the PM at the time, in front of JB Hotel, Hatyai district, Songkla province.


    Background of these leaders is not ordinary. We can say none of those in the People’s Democratic Reform Committee or PDRC has as much experience in mass political movement as KPT.


    Every time PDRC starts a battle with the government, KPT is always there as its vanguard. This is probably why those terrorists ambush KPT to lessen morale and pertness of the mass progressions in the name of PDRC. There may also be some groups that want to retaliate against KPT.

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