Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Thailand: Disturbing Threats of Armed Violence from Regime's "Red Shirts"

December 24, 2013 (Tony Cartalucci) - A regime police officer and "red shirt," has apparently claimed he has begun training other red shirts in the use of firearms in preparation for a campaign of armed violence he pledges to lead, should the regime's drive for elections on February 2, 2014 be disrupted. In what can only be described as an open conspiracy to commit mass murder, he stated as follows (translated from Thai):  
Hello all of my beloved brothers and sisters,  
Today is D-day for Suthep's rebellion. The news says there will be a many weapons coming from the south to crush the red shirts. So I now take this opportunity to warn our red brothers and sisters that stay in Bangkok and in the outskirts [of the city] to stop all of your activity and watch as this plays out. Tolerate this until February 2. If there is no vote because of Suthep taking our power, I swear I will lead all of us, armed, against them and take our power back. 

Facebook user "Redblood Redpol" would then go on to describe his efforts to train fellow red shirts in the proper use of weapons, claiming that taking up a campaign of armed violence against protesters in Bangkok was entirely legal under the Thai Constitution. Since creating a media storm, Google searches seem to show that it was an actual account but it has since been taken down. Were it an isolated incident, it might be easy to pass it off as zealous hysteria or perhaps even a rumor. 

However, this isn't the first time rumors of "weapons coming from the south" have been used to justify preparations for armed violence by the regime's notorious "red shirts." 

Suspicions were first raised as many anti-regime protesters mingled with police during a truce ahead of Thai Father's Day on December 5, 2013. It was then that they first heard the "other side" of the story - what regime police commanders had told their rank and file. They were told an alleged "lull" in the violence in the nation's troubled south was due to insurgents moving toward the capital of Bangkok. It was implied that they would unleash attacks on behalf of the protesters. Of course there is no logical or factual basis for these suspicions and instead indicate a much more sinister plot afoot.

Beware: A Sinister Plot is Afoot 

Just days before the first bloodshed of the current political crisis, regime propagandist and former Reuters editor, Andrew MacGregor Marshall, inexplicably revealed plans by Thaksin Shinawatra - unelected dictator of the current Thai regime - to use armed militants in an attempt to infiltrate, then frame protesters for violence to discredit their movement and justify a decisive and brutal crackdown. He stated in his Facebook post that (emphasis added): 
News update from the Bangkok protests. Abhisit Vejjajiva plans to join Suthep Thaugsuban's illegal anti-democracy rally tomorrow to try to revive flagging numbers. Meanwhile, Thaksin Shinawatra's secret "black shirt" force of provocateurs, mostly made up of navy SEALS and marines, is back on the streets again for the first time since May 2010 and has infiltrated Suthep's rabble. If protests escalate they will seek to incite deadly violence ahead of King Bhumibol's birthday to discredit Suthep and his movement for good. The military remains divided and weak, and top commanders have no intention of intervening for now. Unless sanity prevails in the next few days, there will be more bloodshed on the streets of Bangkok in early December.  

Image: Screen grab from Andrew Marshall's Facebook page inexplicably revealing the regime's plans to use militants to infiltrate, then cause deadly violence in an attempt to discredit the protests. Not even 2 days later, clashes would break out between university students and regime supporters, with black-clad militants seen shooting into crowds. Several were killed, many more injured. 

Of course, not even 2 days after Marshall wrote these words, clashes broke out between university students and regime supporters. Black clad militants were photographed and video-taped shooting into crowds. Several would die, many more were wounded. 

The speed at which regime militants were discovered, documented, and revealed to the world appeared to take the regime off guard. The next day the regime would unexpectedly send its supporters back home to the outer provinces in what appeared to be a "too much, too soon" moment. The violence they had planned appears to be of a much larger scale, and they plan to use it as their last resort, either after a military coup, or after February 2nd - should their show-election fail. The violent clashes in late November threatened to undo their plans prematurely. 

Image: Even days after the first bloodshed unfolded, regime propagandists still warned of "snipers" targeting red shirts - setting the stage for what is now revealed as a pre-planned armed assault on the regime's opposition.

It appears the regime will stage an attack on their own red shirt supporters, to justify a clearly pre-planned armed assault that will be made against the regime's political enemies. However, because those involved are incapable of keeping the conspiracy a secret, from Andrew MacGregor Marshall to "Redblood Redpol," any violence that erupts will, like the violence in the previous deadly clashes, be blamed squarely on the regime, with the military's hands untied and allowed to quickly restore order. 

While anti-regime protesters understand this, the next step must be to communicate this warning to the regime's supporters. As seen in 2010, Thaksin Shinawatra will not hesitate to shed the blood of his own support base in order to gain political leverage - and despite the overt manner in which he does so, his supporters appear blind to their role as cannon fodder. 

2010 Serves as Deadly Reminder of Armed Violence Thaksin is Capable Of 

Despite the regime's repetitive mantra of the Thai army "killing 92 unarmed protesters," there were in fact 300 heavily armed professional mercenaries brought in by Thaksin Shinawatra and his red shirt leaders for the purpose of violently overthrowing the government in April and May of 2010. In Australia's "The Age," in a report titled, "'Red Commander' saw himself as Thai William Wallace," it stated: 
Sawasdipol was formerly a Thai ranger and recruited many former rangers to be security guards for the UDD tented city in Bangkok. 
In one recent interview he declared that he had 300 armed men trained for ''close encounters'' and armed with M79 grenade launchers.
The first violence that broke out was on April 10, 2010, when groups of these militants arrived in vans at night to stop military riot troops from dispersing the protest. They attacked the commanding unit with AK47s, M16s, M79 40mm grenade launchers, and M67 hand grenades. 7 soldiers, including the colonel commanding the operation were killed, and as troops fell back in disarray, crossfire between them and the militants would leave a total of 25 dead and hundreds injured. Human Rights Watch would even concede to this in their report,  "Descent into Chaos (.pdf)" which stated:
"As the army attempted to move on the camp, they were confronted by well-armed men who fired M16 and AK-47 assault rifles at them, particularly at the Khok Wua intersection on Rajdamnoen Road. They also fired grenades from M79s and threw M67 hand grenades at the soldiers. News footage and videos taken by protesters and tourists show several soldiers lying unconscious and bleeding on the ground, as well as armed men operating with a high degree of coordination and military skills."
In addition to the HRW report, Thaksin's red shirt "international spokesman" Sean Boonpracong, now serving in the current regime, admitted the militants were working on their behalf. In an interview with Reuters titled, "Red means stop, and anger, in vibrant Thai protest," it was admitted: 
"The red shirts' international spokesman, Sean Boonpracong, told Reuters elements of the army are with their movement. They are known as "watermelons" -- green on the outside but red in the middle -- and they include the shadowy, black-clad men with military weapons that were seen at the April 10th crackdown.
"They are a secret unit within the army that disagrees with what's going on. Without them, the black clad men, there would have been a whole lot more deaths and injuries," he said." 
Al Jazeera's coverage of the April 10, 2010 violence, at 00:35, shows the militants described by HRW in their report Descent into Chaos holding both AK47s and M16s.

Video: At (00:35) militants holding both AK47s and M16s can be seen. These were just a few of the estimated 300 professional mercenaries  brought in by Thaksin Shinawatra in his bid to violently seize back power in 2010. 


Another clip shows the initial attack on riot troops with grenades and sniper fire. France 24 reported the first deaths were that of 7 soldiers killed in that grenade attack.

Clearly, the 2010 protests served as an insidious cover for an armed insurrection that led to the deaths of over 90 people, the first 7 of which were soldiers, not protesters. The following weeks would see running gun battles in the streets of Bangkok, culminating in a campaign of mass arson and looting by red shirts and their black-clad terrorist counterparts before the army was finally able to restore order. 

This is just one of many threats the regime and its supporters pose to the nation - unhinged, unbridled brutality and the gall to then continuously lie about their actions for years into the future. By exposing the violent nature of Thaksin Shinawatra's political machine and their open conspiring, we steal from it the opportunity to once again fill the streets and countrysides of Thailand with mayhem, while posing as the victim. We allow the military, unrestrained, to restore order quickly and bring the perpetrators to justice.