Thai Deputy PM: Protesters died as they ran into bullets
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Thai Deputy PM: Protesters died as they ran into bullets

Last year, 91 people were killed between April-May during anti-government protests by the pro-Thaksin red shirts. The pro-Thaksin opposition party Puea Thai has signalled that they will raise this, amongst other subjects, during the no-confidence debate which is scheduled for later this month. One of those who will be censured is Deputy PM Suthep. In a seemingly preemptive strike against criticism on the government’s role, Suthep has explained how people died per Khao Sod:

“การ อภิปรายไม่ไว้วางใจครั้งนี้ อย่ากะพริบตา ผมจะซัดเข้าให้ เราจะสู้ตามความเป็นจริงแต่ต้องอดทน เราไม่คิดเข่นฆ่าประชาชน เราไม่เคยใช้กำลังเจ้าหน้าที่ตำรวจทหารเข้าสลายการชุมนุม แต่ที่ตายเพราะวิ่งเข้ามาใส่” นายสุเทพกล่าว

“For this no-confidence debate, don’t blink! I will shift the blame. We will battle it out on the truth, but you will need to be patient. We didn’t intend to kill protesters. We never used the resources/force of the police or soldiers to disperse the protesters, but they died as they ran into [bullets],” said Suthep

BP: This a direct quote from Suthep. Khao Sod is partial to the red shirts, but MCOT, which is a state-owned media organization, has the same quote. Thai Rath and even the RTAF’s Directorate of Intelligence thought it credible enough to cite the reports. Actually, by all reports Suthep said this on March 5 so don’t expect The Nation or the Bangkok Post to be printing this today. Despite the inflammatory,  Gaddafi-like statement, it has not been highlighted in either the Thai language or the English language. All the reports have buried the story, but what was more extraordinary is that Suthep said this at a Democrat Party meeting entitled “Principles of the Democrat [Party]” ( “อุดมการณ์ประชาธิปัตย์”).  Well, at least one can’t say the Democrats don’t stand for anything.

h/t Kris

btw, BP has seen that Siam Voices has a similar post, but well it seems we started the post at the same time. BP wrote it on the mobile and when checked back later saw the post on Siam Voices. As had already written it BP posted it anyway….