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The irony is that the red shirts have been manipulated by wealthy people to fight for democracy and a revolt against Thailand's elite in support of Thaksin. During Thaksin's administration Thailand initiated the sale of the ELITE CARD targeted for wealthy foreigners at a price of $25,000 per membership. That program went down in flames with corruption being the underlying cause and foreigner's lack of interest

 

Richard Ricciardi - National Radio Text Service

Friday May 21, 2010

THAILAND IS NOT SAFE

The aftermath of the red shirts peaceful protests spanning two months has resulted in over 50 deaths including foreigners and journalists and business being set on fire. On Sunday May 16 a BBC reporter said regarding the protesters uprising, "Stirred up by a corrupt prime minister."

The red shirts are primarily poor farmers from the north east of the country but have been manipulated and financed by mysterious well healed backers contributing money for arms, generators and other materials for their encampment. With the red shirts leader Major General Khattiya Sawasdiphol aka She Daeng having been murdered by a sniper there has been no answers as to who is responsible.

Since the violence began there is very little heard from Shinawatra who was very vocal via video telecast instigating his red shirt supporters to rebel against the Thai government in the name of fighting for democracy.

Several foreign embassies have closed and they advised its citizens not to travel to Thailand which has often been referred to as the Land of Smiles and Amazing Thailand. At this point those slogans are now misnomers.

We met a British soldier traveling through Cambodia who has served in Iraq. He was in Bangkok on April 10th when soldiers were supposedly firing only rubber bullets to disperse the protesters. He showed us pictures that he took on Khao San Road of what he thought were 7.2 millimeter shell casings. He likened the outbreak to Iraq and was sympathetic to the red shirt cause while noting that they were being abused while being peaceful. That day 21 people were murdered.

Since that time the situation has escalated to the violence and destruction that has occurred this past week with government soldiers forcibly shutting down the protesters encampments. Prior to their departure radical red shirts are said to be responsible for setting fire to the Central World shopping center the second largest shopping center in Southeast Asia. It is thought that much of it is totally destroyed and beyond repair.

The situation is not under control as other parts of Thailand are feared to be prepared for more demonstrations. The impetus of these outbreaks is the disposed former Prime Minister and fugitive from justice Thaksin Shinawatra who Thailand is trying to capture for him to serve a two year jail term for corruption. The fugitive has been reported to be based is Dubai.

The irony is that the red shirts have been manipulated by wealthy people to fight for democracy and a revolt against Thailand's elite in support of Thaksin. During Thaksin's administration Thailand initiated the sale of the ELITE CARD targeted for wealthy foreigners at a price of $25,000 per membership. That program went down in flames with corruption being the underlying cause and foreigner's lack of interest.

Another irony is that under Thaksin's watch thousands of SUSPECTED drug dealers were murdered by the police before they were brought to trail. Thaksin's reaction was that they killed all of the bad guys. . In the south Muslim Thais have been murdered under his watch.

Also under his administration in February 2002 members of the foreign media with the Far Eastern Economic Review were jailed because he didn't like what they wrote about him. A special branch of the police added the names of the journalists to a watchlist of suspected criminals in a process which could have resulted in all four of them being deported.

At that time current Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva who was then the deputy Democrat leader, said the move was bad for the country's reputation as a democracy. The government was saying it viewed journalists in the same light as criminals.

The magazine's then bureau chief in Thailand, British-born reporter Rodney Tasker was one of those arrested. At that time he was also president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand. When you rationalize the red shirts commitment to Thaksin history bears out that Shinawatra's attitude and his actions aren't practiced in a true democracy.

Since the red shirt encampment has been shut down the red shirt television channel that Shinawatra used to incite his followers to fight for democracy is not functioning as a vehicle for transmitting red shirt or Thaksin messages. True television which is the supplier of several channels is now using it to deliver news of Thailand's recovery process from the violence and destruction.

The wealthy Shinawatra appears adamant in seeking revenge for the Thai government freezing and taking over $1 billion of his wealth. The red shirts have been reacting to his urging them for to rebel. They have been beaten down but are there are concerns that they will revolt again throughout other areas of the country. The question is basically, is this about democracy or about power?

The results give the appearance that the red shirts have been manipulated and used for a cause that does not bear them fruit. The fly in the ointment continues to be at large. As long as there is a Thaksin free to be an irritant it is believed that there will be problems is Thailand.

The results are many Red Shirt protesters have been murdered, violence may continue and THAILAND IS NOT SAFE.

Part 2 - CAMBODIA'S RCAF - A LICENSE TO KILL

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