Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Thailand: Regime's Foreign Minister Claims Police Using "International Standards"

Regime police however, seen beating captured protesters, throwing bricks into crowds. 

December 26, 2013 (Tony Cartalucci) - Thai PBS reported in their article, "CAPO says why it has to use force against protesters," that (emphasis added):
The CAPO head [Surapong Tovichakchaikul, also Foreign Minister] said Suthep’s repeated wrongdoings prompted the police to enforce the law to protect the government property and ensure safety of the people. But he assured that the police would abide by the international standard to deal with protesters. 
But no sooner did Thaksin Shinawatra's handpicked minister make this statement, pictures and video began trickling out of the regime's police conducting a brutal, but expected campaign most assuredly not abiding by "international standards."

Images: "International standards," according to the regime's Foreign Minister and head of anti-protest operations, Surapong Tovichakchaikul, apparently include restraining captured protesters and beating them with batons, and hurling bricks at protesters. The riot control gear they have deployed, has also been used in a manner most certainly not in line with "international standards," with rubber bullets being aimed at protesters' heads and even being fired at members of the press


Captured protesters are seen being restrained as they are beaten, while riot police abandon their tear gas and rubber bullets, for bricks which they are seen hurling over fences at protesters on the other side. Either Surapong has lost control of the situation and should resign, or the police were intentionally instructed to hold their ground and conduct themselves in a heavy-handed manner.

Analysts fear that threats made by regime supporters earlier this week to engage in a campaign of armed violence against protesters could be justified by staged violence during clashes like the ones taking place today in Bangkok.