- By Frank, Thai Intel’s political journalist
The sad fact is, Thailand is an ally of the US and the royalist elite rule of Thailand-has a great public face.
But are they murderers? If Thailand’s long struggle for Democracy over the past 70 years is any record-there is no doubt-the royalist elite rule of Thailand are mass murderers that had been waging a long war against the Thai people.
- I was literally in shocked, when Matichon, a local newspaper here in Thailand, reported that the Abhisit government statement that: “If the death toll in the on-going crackdown on protesters does not pass 500, the government can remain in power.” To me, that indicated a clod-blooded calculation with the lives of human beings.
- Then, as a Westerner who lived in San Francisco for a long time, with a Jewish as one best friend in college in Menalo Park, I was also in shocked, with repeated statements by the Thai government and the Thai military-that the Red Shirt-is the enemy of Thailand that must be gotten rid off.
- Then, to a lesser shock, because Thai Intel actually was the blog that reported of the Songkhla Network of senior judges that are there to protect the royalist elite rule of Thailand-and then to hear of an actual taped conversion of the Thai Constitutional Court discussing just that-how to help the government.
- Then also, o a lesser extent, to hear one after another Thai law and order units, like the Thai FBI, going after the Red Shirt with extreme prejudices-loosing all sense of justice and fair play.
- But as incredible as the above are, the Thai army chief, Prayuth, just a day or two ago-again made statement calling on the Thai people to “Get Rid Off” groups of Thais.
Does all of the above warrants international court involvement-since it is clear that the massacre will occur again in not too far a distance-if left to the royalist elite rule of Thailand getting away with the previous killings-as they did with so many in the past?
Thai Intel does not know the answer, but just wants to say that, on average, about every 8 years, the royalist elite rule of Thailand would come out and kill-off large numbers of Thais.
- The following is from the Telegraph UK:
Thai Prime Minister Accused of War Crimes
By Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Published: 26 Oct 2010
Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Old Etonian prime minister of Thailand, was accused of crimes against humanity during military operations to break up the Bangkok riots earlier this year in a complaint lodged on Tuesday at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Mr Abhisit, who is expected to host David Cameron during the UK prime minister‘s holiday in Thailand at Christmas, was accused of ordering a military operation against Red Shirt demonstrators that left 90 dead and more than 1,800 injured.
The embattled Thai leader was one of 15 senior figures, mostly from the military, said to be responsible for targeted assassinations, torture, illegal detention and inhumane acts by military forces by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship.
Supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra, the ex-prime minister deposed in 2006, blockaded the centre of Bangkok in an attempt to force Mr Abhisit’s government – which was installed under heavy military and royalist pressure on MPs – to resign. After weeks of turmoil, the army moved in to clear the streets of protesters. Parts of Bangkok were declared a “live fire zone”.
The opposition report said activists had documented the execution of a number of people by army snipers. Among the victims were Major-General Khattiya Sawasdipol, known as Seh Daeng, or “Commander Red”, three nurses working in a temple and Fabio Polenghi, an Italian photographer.
Under ICC rules, the chief prosecutor has eight weeks to examine the petition before deciding on whether or not to bring charges.
Mr Abhisit is also facing a court verdict that could see his Democrat Party dissolved, a development that would also trigger his resignation.
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