Anti-PAD bomb : 1 killed, 26 wounded

One protester was killed and 26 other were injured when a bomb exploded inside the Government House complex in front of the main stage of the People’s Alliance for Democracy early Thursday morning.

Guards and protesters said the explosion occurred at 3:25 am, just a day after the so-called ceasefire during the royal cremation period.

PAD guards rushed the 27 injured protesters to four hospitals. One of them later died at the hospital. He was identified as Jenjit Kladsakhon, 48. The bomb shrapnel inflicted a 2-cm-deep wound on his throat.

Ten injured were rushed to the Phra Monkut Hospital, 8 to Ramathibodi Hospital, 3 to Central Hospital, 1 to Vajira Hospital and 5 to Chulalongkorn Hospital.

Police were not allowed to check the explosion scene which the PAD guards cordoned off.

Following the explosion, PAD guards would not allow anyone to leave the Government House compound unless he or she carried an ID card.

The guards speculated that the bomb might be fired from behind the Civil Service Commission head office or from a building of the office. (Nation)

The violence increases… This place is the “core” of the PAD since end of august.

From this stage, speakers harangue the crowd (who lives there, literally), the whole show being transmitted on TV and Internet.

It’s scary to see the distrust… PAD didn’t allow the police to come inside to gather evidences…

But anyway, it’s not necessary, because as usual, there won’t be any serious investigation. And nobody will be bothered. And certainly not the culprits of this attack.

Fingers will be pointed to the famous “third party” or “invisible hand”. A classic.

This is the third world side of Thailand : small bombs, grenades, shootings, violence… Not a large number of casualties… but a very strong sense of impunity.

However, we are probably going to have a politicial exploitation of this event…

And by the way, it wasn’t long… :

In response the latest attack on anti-government protesters, People’s Alliance for Democracy will organise a mass rally on Sunday and will march to show their anger over the government and police’s violence on them. (Nation)

Does the PAD have its Reichstag Fire there ?…

22 Responses to “Anti-PAD bomb : 1 killed, 26 wounded”

  1. 1 chinesethai 20 November 2008 at 10:40 am

    This government just can no longer govern. The police has become some sort of another kind of gangster and thugs. Licking ass is a norm to climb up your ranks. If you get robbed today or girls raped, don’t expect that they would come to your rescue. A virtually lawless society.

  2. 2 thaioutsidein 20 November 2008 at 12:44 pm

    chinesethai, how can the government govern when the PAD mob has seized the government house for months and even the court cannot take actions, since PAD is backed by (at least part of) the royal family?

    thailand is in an awkward situation right now.

    thaksin, pad, royal family, police. no-one is respecting the law. there are two roots of power that are causing laws & order to be virtually meaningless: royal family and thaksin.

    all i see is people like chinesethai pointing finger at government and thaksin supporters pointing finger at Prem and the court. both sides are no different, fighting for power, coming up with justification and taking the country as a hostage.

    next wave of violence will come with the year 2009. very sad indeed.

  3. 3 Bedwyr 20 November 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Just one more step on the sad, indisciplined, uncontrollable Thai descent into civil war. The really big trouble if/when Thaksin decides he will come back. He is taking a gamble on a high profile death soon, and that he and/or Potjaman will be arrested at the airport when he arrives.

    It seem to me that Thaksin has given up on avoiding a face-to-face conflict with the Bangkok elite and their totem, and is now choosing his time (very ‘art of war’). But first he will enrage them with a phone-in in December. He will have abandoned hope that he can manage from a distance; I mean, look at the mess Samak and Somchai have made already. To create a real shit-storm requires the master himself.

    That’s when the shit will be in the fan.


  4. 4 chinesethai 20 November 2008 at 2:33 pm


    Well, why don’t you look at the root-cause of this crisis? I am not saying that PAD and the Royal Family are god-send. They both are not flawless.

    I don’t care if Thailand will change to another form of government e.g. republic, so do many others. But as long as we have representatives and leaders that truly represent the people’s interest, which are not yet in sight.

    The fact is that Thaksin wants to get back to power even though he was sentenced to jail on the ground of corruption. Never accepting the justice, he selfishly tries to overturn that by destroying the credibility of the justice system, which is one the pillars of democracy. He keeps funding the proxy government and all the bloody and deadly incidences that have happened so far, costing many innocent lives. The British Government’s decision to cancel Thaksin&Potjaman’s reentry visas tells it all, doesn’t it?

    Can you offer a way-out? A step back from both sides won’t solve anything but will only be like putting shit and rubbish inside the carpet. Or just give amnesty to Thaksin and everything will be fine?

    Bloody violence in 2009 is not hard to anticipate. The coming passing of HMK will complicate the crisis, if it occurs too soon.

  5. 5 dooda 20 November 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Only in the land of no law, this kind of public statement by high rank officer:

    Maj Gen Kattiya Sawasdiphol, a pro-Thaksin army officer, Thursday warned the People’s Alliance for Democracy that a massacre would happen Sunday if they hold a mass demonstration in front of Parliament.

    “I would like to say that anyone wanting to join the rally should reserve a temple for his or her own funeral,” Kattiya said. “Being united, you will be slain in group.”

    He said the bomb attack inside the Government House early Thursday would not be the last one but PAD opponents would launch bomb attacks against it every night.

    Kattiya earlier faced a disciplinary probe for having threatened the PAD with attacks by warriors he had trained.


  6. 6 mathias 20 November 2008 at 3:09 pm

    An eye-for-an-eye Thaksin said. Is the grenade attack the opening gambit (btw lots of body parts were lost, not just eyes)?

    Thaksin taking a gamble with a \’high-profile martyr\’s death\’ Bedwyr presumes. Nah. That\’s not Thaksin\’s style. Thaksin will dodge and evade, will lie and will negotiate, will phone-in non-stop to keep his profile alive. Nah . . .

  7. 7 ThaiCrisis 20 November 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Indeed Kattiya’s statement is astonishing… and it’s not the first time he blows a fuse.

    The problem is : on the other side, we can find the exactly the same lunacy and hunger for violence.

    Both side want violence.

    The pressure is increasing since too long.

    This War of Attrition will end badly. One side must loose.

    In the thai cosmogony…Blood must be spilled.

  8. 8 fall 20 November 2008 at 3:50 pm

    The fact is that Thaksin wants to get back to power even though he was sentenced to jail on the ground of corruption.
    Oh, now this is interesting. How come I never heard news of this? Did I miss this case(s)?

    Police were not allowed to check the explosion scene which the PAD guards cordoned off… will organise a mass rally on Sunday and will march to show their anger over the government and police’s violence on them
    Ermm… this is serious BS. The PAD does not allow investigation and just roll the casualties to government and police violence.
    So basically they are saying, “Who cause the explosion, I dont know and dont want to know. But let’s blame it on government and police!”

    It’s nearing 5th December, anything is possible. Could be a Reichstag Fire, but who can say?

  9. 9 Bedwyr 20 November 2008 at 4:17 pm

    “Thaksin taking a gamble with a \’high-profile martyr\’s death\’ Bedwyr presumes. Nah. That\’s not Thaksin\’s style. Thaksin will dodge and evade, will lie and will negotiate, will phone-in non-stop to keep his profile alive. Nah . . .”

    If Thaksin thinks that a civil uprising will be precipitated by his incarceration, that is what he will do. But you are right to a degree. He will not go in unless he has commitments from his supporters that he will be liberated like Mandela.

    I said before that we should watch what Chidchob does. Stories of his marginalisation are misleading.


  10. 10 dooda 20 November 2008 at 4:27 pm

    hmmm, yes, just like those families of drug war victims should wait until police investigate, then we really know who did the killings, when all evidence been shown and present to judges, of course, the police will do very good job to investigate their fellow buddies…. and until that time comes, of course, the families and society must believe that these victims are the drug dealers who was killed by the other drug dealers… but perhaps they must wait forever… oh but then here comes drug wars part 2, 3, 4…

  11. 11 JuhaSamui 20 November 2008 at 4:54 pm

    “Does the PAD have its Reichstag Fire there ?…”

    Starting to compare PAD and Nazi?
    This is an insult for everybody that have family died by Nazi hands.

  12. 12 ThaiCrisis 20 November 2008 at 5:02 pm


    Calm down. I didn’t compare PAD with Nazis.

    I was just referring to an historical event (the Reichstag Fire) that was a false flag operation (conducted by the Nazis in this case) in order to create an excuse to do something (and something big).

    For that matter “Reichstag Fire” is the best example of false flag operation. That’s all.

    Okay ?

    I could have used too “The Gulf of Tonkin incident”…

    But I’m not sure people have enough historical culture…

    Anyway. So sit back, relax, and enjoy my blog. But don’t accuse me of playing with history and mixing bedsheets with napkins. That would be an insult to my intelligence.

  13. 13 ThaiCrisis 20 November 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Gentlemen… the discussion is becoming too hot. I have to erase a few comments. I don’t like it, but you leave me no choice.

    Could we try not to insult each other ? And refrain to use big words like “fascists”, etc. Thanks.

    People seem to not care about my posts on the economy and my charts… But everytime I’ve got a political post… It’s like a rocket. Readers start to fight. 😉

    I guess, in a way, it’s the reflect of the current situation in Thailand : very… opinionated… to say the least.

  14. 14 thaichris 21 November 2008 at 1:21 am


    Fully agree. Let’s go back to economy. Nobody yet talked about the influence car manufactorers crisis and it’s influence on Thailand. How do they call ChonBuri? Detroit of the east! Detroit of the West is going own. And so will the Detroit of the East. At least for short term.
    GM close down it’s factory for at least 2 month. Effect on the workforce – salary cut by 25. Effect on suppliers – no money for 2 month. And the suppliers employ over all more workers than the big factories – with no protecion, just only: ‘tommorrow you don’t need to come. come back in two month (if you still alive and around)’. GM announced to close … more will follow. With a direct impact to hundredthousands of people in the area of Chon Buri. And in the provinces upcountry where the workes sent the money back to there families.

    One little political remark: Very soon, the people of Thailand will have no time for ‘civil war’ as they will struggle to fed there kids. It’s not like 1997 – I can not pay the bank anymore, I might loose my house in a couple of month, but I still have a job and can feed my kids. … This time it will be: ‘no salary’ – ‘no money’ – IMMEDIATELY. Dear people of Thailand – It’s time to focus on the real issues.

  15. 15 chinesethai 21 November 2008 at 1:28 am

    One of the assumptions by the police is that the blast occurred because PAD members detonated the grenade at each other to instigate violence. ?????????

    Excellent investigation by the Thai police….again.

    So who first wants violence?

  16. 16 ray 21 November 2008 at 4:09 am

    thailand has this comimng their way long time ago. the ” mai pen rai” attitude is dead. the new attitude is why should anyone get away with anything? things will get alot worse before it gets better. thailand certainy was not ready for thaksin. leaders before him like chatchai and others went down quietly but not mr thaksin.
    chidchob and others and raly people because in the isan sections the people are uneducated and the gove will want to keep it that way. dont ask questions just take this 1,000 baht and get going. even gen.suchinda can live in thailand afetr ordering soldiers to shoot at protesters some 15 years ago.

    what has changed is the attitude of the thai people.

  17. 17 Bedwyr 21 November 2008 at 4:29 am

    Thaicrisis, agreed.

    May I remind everyone of Godwin’s Law?

    We should be able to sit back and watch the fun withough insulting each other. personally I find Thais and their behaviour fascinating (if not entirely rational).

    And eventually, everything I have predicted, will happen. Watch and see.


  18. 18 thaichris 21 November 2008 at 9:38 am

    Great comment from the police about the bombing:

    … During the interview of Pol Gen Jongrak, the press was shown an M-79 grenade launcher, which police say was the weapon type used in the attack. Police also say the grenade launcher is in widespread use at present, and does not require special expertise to use …

    Common talk in these days “You have a grenade launcher at home?” – “Oh yeah, I have one.” – “I have two. They are so easy to use that my kids can use them at school.” – “Did you hear about the carrefour offer, buy one, get one free.”

    Do you remember MAD? Thats even better.

  19. 19 ThaiCrisis 21 November 2008 at 10:00 am

    “widespread use”… 😉 yes I saw that. It’s very tasty.

    But in a (certain) way it’s true. That’s the problem. You ban buy anything in Thailand.

    The funny part is the classic ingenuity of the police.
    Like here :

  20. 20 chinesethai 21 November 2008 at 3:12 pm


    The ingenuity that you mentions is what I told you about “Srithanonchai” mentality. Remember?

    Evasiveness and ingenuity.

  21. 21 thaioutsidein 25 November 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Madness on the street of Thailand:

  22. 22 ThaiCrisis 25 November 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Amazing, indeed.

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