Red Shirts: Real Tragedy of the May 2010 Bangkok Massacre? Thailand died a little everyday, since

As a “Democratic Activist” I became an ally of the Shinawatra Family and its political machine and also the Red Shirts, a mostly anti-dictatorship and pro-democracy force in Thailand. Un-like most Thai political observer, who brush-off the Red Shirts movement, as a puppet of the Shinawatra Family and as being a part of the Shinawatra political machine, I saw from way back, critical conflict between the Shinawatra Family and the Red Shirts, and noted the two as having a “Symbiotic Relationship” meaning, both depend on the other for survival, but both are very much separate, with differing objectives and goals, where the Red Shirts wanted democracy and the rule of law, and the Shinawatra Family wanted to forgive and forget the past for a reconciled Thailand.

Some where in between the two, lies my objective, meaning Democracy in Thailand. When the Shinawatra family and the Red Shirts, finally had their biggest differences, on the “Blanket Amnesty” issue, and the break was so severe and also gave rise to the Suthep’s movement, called Fascist by many local Thai and global institution, I saw that Thailand’s Democratic Development was a great risk.

Greatly, disappointed, I made a statement, that I am no longert a Red Shirts or a supporter of the Shinawatra Family. Since then, I have been, mostly an ally, at a distance. And a big part of Thailand had died away from my heart, and I wish to god, I have the financial resources, to leave Thailand.

Four year ago, a massacre in Bangkok streets took place, under the Abhisit government. back then, a few years after the massacre, Abhisit was called, quote: “The Butcher of Bangkok.”

In Khao Sod, a news organization under the Matichon umbrella, in an editorial: “The Real Tragedy Of 2010 Crackdown” Khao Sod reported (Source) that it was the Democrat administration who ordered the crackdown in 2010, but the Pheu Thai government has also failed to address the suffering of those affected by the violence.

The real tragedy, according to Khao Sod, is that there is no question that the widespread violence 4 years ago was tragic, but what is even more tragic is the missed opportunities by the Pheu Thai Party to at least ease the suffering of those affected by the crackdown in the years that followed.

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the decision by former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to, says Khao Sod, in the words often recited by the Redshirts – “give coffins to those who were asking for ballot boxes.” On 10 April 2010, soldiers acting under the order of the Centre for Resolution of Emergency Situation (CRES), which was chaired by Mr. Abhisit and his deputy at the time, Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban, moved against demonstrators who were occupying stretches of Ratchadamnoen Avenue in Bangkok in their bid to call for a fresh election. Mr. Abhisit’s decision left more than 20 people dead, mostly protesters, by the time the operation was called off. It was the bloodiest confrontation Thailand has seen in decades, but it was merely the beginning of a far more devastating outcome; the military later crushed the Redshirts in May 2010, resulting in a total body count of at least 90 people.

According to Khao Sod, hopes were stirred among the Redshirts and human rights activists in Thailand when Yingluck Shinawatra surged to power via a landslide election victory in 2011, with a promise that her government would pursue legal prosecution against the perpetrators of the 2010 crackdown, and issue amnesty bills for ordinary citizens who had been jailed simply because they were caught up in the chaos of the protests.

However, in November 2013, the Pheu Thai Party, most likely egged on by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, eventually came up with a “Blanket Amnesty” or “All-in-Basket Amnesty” bill that gave everyone a free pass, including Mr. Thaksin himself. Because of its misguided pursuit of the “Blanket Amnesty,” the Pheu Thai Party ended up sabotaging the hopes that these prisoners could be freed from captivity and be released back into the embrace of their families and friends.
Khao Sod says, although the court procedure against Mr. Abhisit and Mr. Suthep, who have been charged with murder due to their roles in authorising the 2010 crackdown, still continues, it is unclear whether any justice will be administered if (or, some would say, when) the new power clique replaces Ms. Yingluck’s government.

Furthermore, the Pheu Thai Party has unwittingly unleashed the force of anti-democracy by handing them the Blanket Amnesty Bill as a rallying point. In doing so, that force of anti-democracy is now threatening any chance of achieving the first legal prosecution and punishment of Thai state officials for crimes against their own citizens.

It has been four years since the first shot flew over Democracy Monument on that fateful April night, yet so little has been achieved by Pheu Thai Party, in spite of the votes and trust the Redshirts have offered them.

The following is from Khao Sod, (Source)

Crackdown Victims’ Families Urge Govt To Ratify ICC Jurisdiction

Family members of victims of the 2010 military crackdown have renewed their calls for justice, demanding the government allow the International Criminal Court to pursue the pending court cases against those responsible for the crackdown.

“It’s been four years since I lost my son, but the case is not going anywhere,” said Somchai Chiamphol, whose son, Thipnet Chiamphol, was shot dead near Soi Rang Nam during clashes between the military and Redshirt protesters on 14 May 2010.

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the military crackdown on Redshirt protesters that left over 90 people dead, yet the Thai authorities have still failed to make any headway on the lawsuits against the government and military officials who authorised the crackdown.

As a result, families of the victims and human rights activists have been calling on the government to formally cede jurisdiction over the cases to the ICC.
“I want the DSI [Division of Special Investigation] to press ahead with the cases of the martyrs, and I want the government to accept the jurisdiction of the ICC, so that the world will know [about the crackdown] and help us find the wrongdoers,” said Mr. Somchai, whose son died in the crackdown. “That way, the country can move forward.”

In April of 2010, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban ordered the brutal military crackdown on the tens of thousands of Redshirt protesters who were rallying on Bangkok’s streets to demand a fresh election.

The 10 April crackdown was followed by weeks of clashes between the protesters and security forces, culminating in a final military assault on the Redshirts’ encampment on 19 May.

Mr. Abhisit and Mr. Suthep have been charged by the DSI for murder due to their role in 2010, but both have denied the charges, blaming the deaths on shadowy “Blackshirt” militants thought to be allied with the Redshirts.

Pan Kamkong, whose brother Phan Kamkong was shot dead by the military near Ratchapralop Airport Link Station on 15 May, said he wanted authorities to hasten the legal procedures against Mr. Abhisit and Mr. Suthep.

“Especially Mr. Suthep. He is now charged with insurrections and murder, yet he is allowed to walk free and hurt our feelings,” Mr. Pan complained. “If it’s possible, I want the government to finally accept the jurisdiction of the ICC, because this is a big case. A lot of people died.”

Despite their alliance with the Redshirts, the current government has been reluctant to pass jurisdiction onto the ICC.

In November 2013, the ruling Pheu Thai Party also attempted to pursue a “blank amnesty bill” that would pardon all politicians accused of corruption and political violence since 2005, including the authorities responsible for the 2010 military crackdown.

“I have to admit that I am still deeply disappointed by the government’s attempt to pass the ‘all in the basket’ amnesty bill,” Mr. Pan told Khaosod. “Eventually, it led to what is happening right now. If the government had not done it, the PCAD wouldn’t be here,” Mr Pan said, referring to the anti-government People’s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State, who began their protests in response to the introduction of the amnesty bill last November.

To commemorate the anniversary of the crackdown, Redshirts invited 2,000 monks to their rally site on Aksa Avenue in western Bangkok to perform a religious ceremony this morning.

Yesterday, a group of families, under the name “Families of April-May 2010 Martyrs,” arranged their own ceremony to honor their loved ones at Plab Pla Chai Temple in Bangkok.

“It’s been four years since the loss, but as a relative of the victim, I am still upholding their democratic ideal. I have not forgotten those who died,” said Ubonwan Chantorn, the sister of a taxi driver who was shot dead while rallying with the Redshirts near Lumpini Park on 14 May 2010.

“I want the legal process to move forward, because so far progress has been abysmal,” Ms. Ubonwan said, “Personally, I understand bureaucracy, and I see that some cases that have clear evidence are being processed, but many cases have not seen any progress at all.”

She added, “I want to use this occasion of the fourth anniversary to remind officials, to ask them whether they are ready to perform their duties, find the truth, and bring us justice.”

According to Ms. Ubonwan, the “Families of April-May 2010 Martyrs” will renew their campaign for justice once the current political crisis calms down.
Phayao Akhard, thhe mother of “Nurse Kate” who was shot dead by the military inside a temple on the last day of the 2010 crackdown, said she plans to meet with DSI chief Tharit Pengdith herself and urge him to make genuine progress on the more than 70 still unresolved cases.

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