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    By Pol. Gen. Vasit Dejkunchorn (retired)

    Date: Jan 1, 2014

    During the rally of the People and Students Network for the Reform of Thailand (KPT) to protest against and disrupt the MPs’ candidacy registration at Wes 2 Stadium of the Bangkok Youth Center (Thai-Japanese) in Bangkok on Friday, Dec 27, there was a violent clash between protestors and police officers. The police used tear gas grenade launchers, rubber bullet shotguns, and purple-colored water cannon. The protestors counteracted by throwing things at the police. The result was that several people on both sides were more of less injured. What was regrettable was that a protestor and a metropolitan police officer was shot with real bullets and killed. Results of the autopsies from the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the Police Hospital and the police investigation revealed that both of the deceased were shot from a high angle. There were people taking pictures of individuals in black police uniforms on the rooftop of the Labor Ministry adjacent to the scene. This makes it suspicious that the gunshots were from those people.

    During the same incident, protestors’ vehicles parked there along with vehicles of volunteer physicians and nurses clearly marked with red crosses going in to help the wounded were threatened by individuals in police uniforms. A volunteer nurse attempting to revive a patient in an ambulance was shot in the lungs and critically injured. Vehicles of those volunteer physicians and nurses were smashed, heavily damaged and destroyed. Police arrested 14 people and once they did, they physically assaulted them ruthlessly, causing them injuries before taking them into custody and releasing them on bail.

    Not too many hours after the event at the Thai-Japanese Stadium on the same night at around 3 AM, the rally site of KPT at Chamaimaruchet Bridge close to the Government House, there were people driving a vehicle in, getting really close to the protestors’ stage, and using combat firearms to indiscriminately shoot at them. A guard was killed and three others were injured.

    Pol. Maj. Gen Piya Uthayo, the Spokesman for the Center to Maintain Peace and Order (CMPO) stated the cases of people’s vehicles being smashed at Wes 2 Stadium were the results of scenes staged by protestors disguised themselves by breaking into officials’ vehicles, stealing police’s bulletproof vests, and putting them on before destroying people’s properties. This was despite the fact that it was still unknown who shot the metropolitan police officer to death. Pol. Lt. Gen. Kamronwit Thupkrajang, the Metropolitan Police Commander with a slogan “Having today because big brother gives”, announced aggressively that he would not let the police officer die for free.

    What was noteworthy was that the bullet casings found at the scene did not look like those used in the military and the police in Thailand. From their characteristics, they appeared to be from abroad. Moreover, there were people who found Cambodian passports and banknotes at the scene. There were also people who insisted that a number of individuals in police uniforms used Cambodian to talk to one another. Another witness said that some individuals in police uniforms went out of Wes Stadium to buy food but could not tell vendors what they wanted. They used their fingers to point and spoke Cambodian to other individuals in police uniforms that went with them.

    All of those are puzzles and raise a question if part of those in police uniforms were real police or Cambodians wearing police uniforms. This is because if they were real police, would they have been bold enough to cruelly attack Thai people and damage their properties with no restraint like that?

    The Police Chief must answer these questions to get the facts to the public on whether or not it is true that those were Cambodians in police uniforms at the scene. If they were, how could they be armed, equipped with riot gears, and mixed in with the police in such large number like that? If the Police Chief cannot answer these questions, it must be presumed that he received an order or conspired to have armed foreign forces in to attack and kill Thai citizens in our country. If this was an order, it must be from his superiors above him. Those are the Prime Minister or the Deputy Prime Minister for National Security acting on behalf of the Prime Minister.

    If this presumption is true, it means that the crisis in Thailand is in the most dire straits because the government secretly brought in armed foreign forces to wear police uniforms and suppress Thai citizens in Thailand. It is an act to cause disaster to the country from outside the Kingdom under Section 127 of the Penal Codes punishable by death, life imprisonment, or imprisonment of 2-20 years.

    As for the backers of the offense, police or whoever, they shall be punished the same way the doers of the offense are, and that is by death or life imprisonment under Section 129 of the Penal Codes.

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