Acceleration : 1 dead, 38 wounded (3 by gunshots) during clashes, and state of emergency


Anti-riot police were sandwiched near Government House at 3 am on Tuesday after pro-and anti-government protesters clashed in the first outbreak of violence that killed at least one man and injured dozens.

Hundreds of soldiers have moved into the clash area to help the police order amid extremely high tension.

TV reports said a man, Narongchai Kobthaisong, died of wounds after being hit by hard objects. It was not known for certain whether he was one of the protesters or which side he was on.

Latest hospital reports confirmed 38 people were injured, three of them by gunshots. (Nation)

What was feared (or expected) by people is happening : violence between 2 groups. And the military in the middle…

UPDATE
Samak declares state in emergency in Bangkok. Effective until november 30. For details about the clashes (and some good reports from foreign press too) : Bangkok Pundit.

9 Responses to “Acceleration : 1 dead, 38 wounded (3 by gunshots) during clashes, and state of emergency”


  1. 1 thaichris 2 September 2008 at 1:02 am

    State of emergency has been declared for Bangko today morning. The escalation goes into the next round. looking through the articles of the law I found

    … The state of emergency prohibits gathering of more than five people …

    Does that mean, that every company with more than 5 employees has to be closed? And all schools? Whats abount temples?

    The circus continious.

  2. 2 chinesethai 2 September 2008 at 2:13 am

    Personally, I think, despite state of emergency declared, Samak may not always have the upperhand to do anything at will, if the army is not willing to cooperate.

    It has been rumoured that, unlike those in May 1992, most of the key army commanders remain loyal to His Majesty.

    A couple of days ago, HRH Princess Sirindhorn ordered a dispatch of Red Cross doctor team to stand by, if any PAD member is wounded.

    From my assessment, the situation is not quite comparable to the May 1992 Bloodshed.

  3. 3 chinesethai 2 September 2008 at 4:50 am

    NEW DEVELOPMENT:

    It is clear that the army would not use force against the protesters….against Samak’s wish. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The only group of people who are vandalizing public properties on the street now are Pro-Thaksin protesters.

    Amazing!

  4. 4 chinesethai 2 September 2008 at 6:18 am

    Up to this stage, it increasingly appears that Samak’s State of Emergency is dud.

  5. 5 ThaiCrisis 2 September 2008 at 7:06 am

    “dud”. Indeed. Or “dull”.
    ๐Ÿ˜‰

    That’s the problem with many Thais : the magic of verb.

    They believe that words have obviously effects on matter.

    So just say “state of emergency”… hop ! problem solved.

    Non. Like someone wrote : “For the emergency decree to carry any weight, it has to be enforced

    Enforced.

    Like court decision. Like rule of the law. Like arrest warrants issued etc.

    Enforced.

    Samak is speaking a lot. But we are making circles : no movement forward, nor backward.

    It’s surreal.

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 2 September 2008 at 7:09 am

    … For that matter the PAD’s strategy is smart.

    They push the authorities into the corner.

    It’s like a stupid game : they’re pushing the gvt, hopping that it will unleash violence to stop them… and then the army could intervene.

    On the other side, the government is doing everything it can to…do nothing. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Only talking.

    But at one point, the gap between words and actions will be too large.

    They’re loosing credibility fast (it they have any left…).

  7. 7 fall 2 September 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Game over. The PAD lost.

    The reason for last night clash was to cover up the story that tear gas was not fire by police. But it got out of hand and one UAD/DAAD/ABC died.

    With State of Emergency, Samak is playing a velvet glove with all the benefit of gaggin the press. Now, the government have the upper hand in presenting the news and just have to wait for things to cool down before blaming the PAD.

    The PAD got no choice now but to cause even bigger chaos that will cover up the dead person story, such as wider mob-clash or burn the house down. But anyhow, whatever move next is going to be their last…

  8. 8 chinesethai 3 September 2008 at 2:11 am

    fall:

    Tear gas not fired by the police? Helloooo!!!???

    fall, tear gas is not quite the same as a grenade, you know. It is very hard and also illegal for civilians to acquire the substance. You also need a launcher. Go to http://www.nationchannel.com. They’ve got a vdo clip showing the tear gas was fired from the police’s side.

    It is still far from what you could tell who, between Thaksin and PAD, will win.

    At least, Samak has lost.

    The declared State of Emergency has had no effect so far since the military will not cooperate as General Anupong indicated yesterday. PAD remains well in the Government House compound and the crowd is swelling. Pro-Thaksin Nor-Por-Kor gangsters are still around.

  9. 9 fall 4 September 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Hmm… two sources, two stories.
    http://www.thai-grassroots.com/index.php?pid=1ga85g132adbe&id=2239
    This one say PAD throw it.

    http://www.nationchannel.com/detailnews.php?newsid=1803
    This one say police throw it.

    I concede to your point. It could be the police, it could be the PAD, or it could be both. If the police do it, then they should come out and take responsibility.

    But anyhow, a guy is dead. And PAD still occupy the government house. And the longer they stay their, the more explaination they have to give. Their momentum is gone and the clock is ticking.


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