Queen and Princess to attend protester’s cremation

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn on Monday afternoon will preside over the cremation of Angkana Radubpanyawut, or Nong Bo, at Sri Pratwat Temple in Nonthaburi province at 4pm Monday, according to the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary.

Ms Angkana, aged 20, was killed by the impact from tear gas explosion during the clashes between the police and the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) supporters on October 7, according to Central Institute of Forensic Science director Porntip Rojanasunan. (Bangkok Post)

We have to remember what the police -in a rather pathetic way- said last week… “after an autopsy“… miss Angkana was maybe killed by the bomb she… transported ! …

Following an autopsy report, police suspect 25-year-old Angkana Radapbanyavuth died because of a bomb she was carrying during Tuesday’s street conflict, a police deputy spokesman said yesterday.

“(The injuries) occurred mostly to leg areas. It could be speculated they were caused by carried weapons, some in trouser pockets, some in bags,” said Police chief Pol General Patcharawat Wongsuwan.

I guess Police General Wongsuwan is going to need a truckload of sleeping pills if he wants to sleep tonight. 😉

Anyway, even if it’s impossible to comment on the motivations of the Queen, it’s difficult to not… notice it.

To preside to the cremation is certainly a message.

But which one ? That’s another story. 😉

However, on the PAD’s side, it looks like a great -moral- victory…

And we can imagine that many police officers are going to be slightly stressed if they receive new orders to handle PAD’s protests…

15 Responses to “Queen and Princess to attend protester’s cremation”


  1. 1 chinesethai 13 October 2008 at 10:50 am

    I told you in another post that the Police boldly twisted the story by stating Ms Angkana stuffed a grenade in her bag. This is how some Chulalongkorn Hospital doctors reacted angrily that they would deny treatment for any police officer in uniform.

    A female news reporter from NBT, formerly Channel 11 National TV, was reported to shout “kill them all” when the police started to fire what was so-called tear gas at the protesters…..while other fellow male journalists wept.

    Giles Ungpakorn (ใจ อึ้งภากรณ์), a self-proclaimed leftwinger and human right activist who just in March 2008 protested against the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay citing China’s poor human right record, on NBT indirectly supported the Thai Police bloody crackdown by accusing PAD of first instigating the violence. He also accused Ms Rosana Tositrakul, another fellow human right activist who openly denounces the crackdown, of betraying her idealism. Rosana is clearly not a royalist but she vows to help civilians first. Giles Ungpakorn is another one whose mask slipped. He makes no secret that he doesn’t care how many innocent civilians will die and who or what idealism he is working with, as long as he can achieve his ultimate goal, which is a regime change! It is the goal he shares with Thaksin (right winger).

    Thailand is the first place in the world, where Marxist and capitalist extremists married to achieve their shared goal – republicanism.

  2. 2 Bedwyr 13 October 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Masks of all kinds re slipping. The fragile Thai veneer of civilisation, refinement and the self-image delusion of ‘gentle’ people is evaporating.

    What is left will be the naked self-interest of corruption and greed on the one hand and a the resentment of long-suffering poverty and disenfranchisement on the other. Underneath the Thai veneer is a very ugly psychology more similar to teenage angst than mature adult perspective and the mask is slipping, so we shall see it all, and Thais will have no choice but to face up to their true heritage.

    And the very last straw? If the old totem were to die then Thais would have nothing. No sense if identity, no sense of protection. No nothing. The famous Thai ego house of cards will come crashing down around their ears.

    Wait for the fun boys, its-a-comin’. Listen carefully – Bedwyr hears the gentle fluttering of the chickens coming home to roost. Bedwyr feels like a prophet.

    But doesn’t know where to get one this late at night.

    Bedwyr.

  3. 3 chinesethai 13 October 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Bedwyr:

    This is a hopeless situation. If we were them, we wouldn’t have many choices either.

    On one hand, to stay politically neutral and do nothing are the same as to alienate your people. This is the quality that Pro-Thaksin members never have. Do you still remember Ms Daranee, who is now in jail? Do you still remember Nor-Por-Chor members that fought among themselves and were killed? Have there been any one of their peers even care to visit or talk about those unlucky names? NONE. They are no longer useful to Thaksin.

    On the other, to show sympathy will be seen as breaking the cover and descending to play the game yourself. This is what Thaksin has wished for from the beginning.

    But, you know what, if I am (forced) to choose between the two, I wouldn’t choose Thaksin. Those who think a republic is better will be sorry. The scenario after that? It will be the time left wing and right wing republicans (ex-communists VS Thaksin) will bloodily fight among themselves for power at the expense of the Thais once again.

  4. 4 hoola-hoops for thai believers 13 October 2008 at 9:50 pm

    A Holy Trinity converges on the Thai(oh-but-we-dont-post-thai-script-comments-here)Crisis BLOG: a triumvarate between the blog meister and the two (and only) previous posters who shamefully denied that the current political issue has anything to do with the elite/middle classes and the poor. Nobody said anything vs. the poor? It’s clear and simple that the Thai uneducated poor are the losers, after all the Bangkok “educated’ and “conniving” have taken their war spoils.
    – chinesethai, you are really shamefully a right wing propaganderist of the PAD, probably a paid PAD worker, as you have so much time on your hands to write fact-obfuscating demented comments to try and hide the reality of what’s really going on… and the other welsh sounding commenter has intermittently gained and lost my respek.. mostly lost, recently, as nobody here dares to speak their true thoughts… join the thai-mask-dropping club, and drop out!

  5. 5 Look kreung 14 October 2008 at 1:06 am

    Don’t forget that Sonthi L is Chinese Thai himself so it is no surprise, that chinesethai in this forum is a die-hard PAD supporter. As long as PAD is in existence, there will be no peace in this country.

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 14 October 2008 at 1:23 am

    Please avoid the ad hominem attacks. It’s pointless.

    I would like to add a few comments :

    -yesterday was an extraordinary day. I’m not speaking about the worldwide torrent of “bailouts” for the banks… 😉 (albeit…) but instead the Queen going to the cremation… and the (alleged) Prime Minister given an audience by the King…
    I think Chamlong is right : within 10 days, the gvt will be gone.
    http://www.thailandoutlook.tv/toc/ViewData.aspx?DataID=1009985

    -I perused yesterday with a thai friend some thai forums/websites vehemently anti-monarchy. First, I think this is a new trend. Second, I was surprised by the violence of the words.

    My point : the image of an absolute national consensus is not as strong as before. And the political dividness within the society is getting deeper.

  7. 7 chinesethai 14 October 2008 at 3:21 am

    Look Kreung & Hoop-Hoop:

    Are you aware that….
    – Thaksin Shinawatra himself is also of Hakka Chinese descent.
    – Yaowapa Wongsawat
    – Surapong Suebwonglee is a Chaozhou or Diojiu and an ex-CPT member
    – Yongyuth Tiyapairach, the guy who took part in the war-on-drug campaign that killed 2,500 civilians.
    – Etc.

    I don’t think I have to feel ashamed of my standpoint. The people who must feel ashamed are YOU, who support the killing of unarmed, innocent civilians just to achieve a political goal.

    As I have said many times, I don’t have any problem if Thailand is changing to another regime as long as it is peaceful and pushes Thailand towards a **genuine** democracy as in Taiwan and Canada. Don’t try to hypnotize yourself that the change that you are trying to engineer is for the better. After you successfully get rid of this ancient regime, I will become a happy audience watching both left and right wing republicans killing each other. Wanna bet?

  8. 8 Bedwyr 14 October 2008 at 3:21 am

    ThaiCrisis:

    yep, as predicted by a certain Welsh-sounding gentleman of my acquaintance. This is a trend which will continue for reasons which are well understood.

    I agree with ad-hominems, but it is always easier to slag someone off then to try and articulate where they are wrong. Especially if their position is unassailable.

    Its a maturity thing.

    Bedwyr

  9. 9 mark 14 October 2008 at 4:11 am

    ThaiCrisis: “-yesterday was an extraordinary day. I’m not speaking about the worldwide torrent of “bailouts” for the banks… 😉 (albeit…) but instead the Queen going to the cremation…”

    This was undoubtedly the reason why the PAD canceled their mass demonstration at Police HQ yesterday – they would receive far more kudos from the Queen’s attendance and comments.

    I agree this was extraordinary – and seems to confirm what everyone knows but doesn’t talk about – where the money comes from, and the reason why the PAD are prepared to break the law and mount increasingly violent demonstrations.

  10. 10 Another Look Krueng 14 October 2008 at 5:36 am

    Hello Look Krueng! Maybe you should think before insulting anybody of being Thai Chinese. Look at us first. Other then in the entertainment industry we are useless. The Thai Chinese are the thinking heads in this country.

  11. 11 Bedwyr 14 October 2008 at 6:23 am

    Mark: yes, you are right. It has been obvious for a while that this is the endgame. The clash between the Monarchists and the Republicans.

    Seek and ye shall find, though many wish neither to look nor really to find.

    Unfortunately, as ChineseThai already pointed out, it is a battle between the old guard and the new young bucks. The only people who will not benefit are the only people who should benefit: the poor in the North and North-east.

    Pity, but same, same. Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose. Thais will never learn until someone rips them out a new asshole. Then they will complain and whine and whinge that the world doesn’t understand them. The problem is the world understands them pretty goo. Including, as it seems, the Chinese.

    Bedwyr

  12. 12 hoola-hoops for thai believers 14 October 2008 at 8:13 am

    Actually the correct verbiage is “argumentum ad verecundiam”, for the smug and mature bloggers and commenters. The fact is you are all too ขี้ขลาด to really say what’s going on. Ad-hominem my arse!

  13. 13 Bedwyr 14 October 2008 at 9:54 am

    Look Krueng,
    You are right. The thinking heads in Thailand are the Chinese Thai. And the greedy mouths.

    hoola-hoops. Not sure what you are saying but then you probably aren’t sure either. No matter. But I don’t think I will be doing anything at all with your arse.

    Bedwyr

  14. 14 Bedwyr 14 October 2008 at 9:55 am

    TC, moderating now? probably a good thing, all thngs considered.

    Bedwyr

  15. 15 ThaiCrisis 14 October 2008 at 9:58 am

    Indeed.

    It’s becoming like a war between pro, anti, etc.

    So, a bit of moderation to cool off things.
    😉


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