On 7 December 2013, Division 4 chief Pol.Maj.Gen. Naiwat Phadermchit has released a report on the violence incidents near Ramkhamhaeng University and Rajamangala Stadium from 30 November – 1 December 2013.
In total, the police reported that there were 19 violence incidents which killed five individuals and wounded more than hundred others.
Currently, from our database, there are 40 reported Red shirts which have been injured from the violence (we can only compile information of our supporters who came to ask for assistant – we do not know the actual figure of the total number of the injured person)
Naiwat explained that on 30 November 2013, the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) had stage a rally inside Rajamangala Stadium and before noon on that day, there were a large group of university students along with the People’s Democratic Reform Committee protestors (PDRC) who came to Ramkhamhang University to submit an open letter to the school and decided to stay and stage another rally of their own inside the university ground.
Fearing confrontation because of the close proximity between the two groups, Naiwat said the police have decided to divide their force in an attempt to separate the two groups from each other. The UDD supporters were instructed by the police to enter and exit from the back of the stadium because the PDRC supporters and students protestors are now stationed close to the street in front of Rajamangala.
According to Naiwat, the first violence incident occurred when a taxi with Red Shirt supporters unknowingly stopped in front of the stadium near to the anti-government protestors. When they saw the taxi, a group of students and PDRC protestors began to flood the street and surrounded the car while beginning to throw objects and smash at it with blunt instruments.
The taxi escaped from the scene but by then the street was partly occupied by the protestors and the police was beginning to lose control.
Shortly after the taxi incident, a public bus whose driver was following his route but happened to carry mostly Red Shirts passengers on board, was again surrounded by the anti-government protestors. The protestors began to attack the bus and its passengers, including the driver, before the police can help them escape from the scene.
There was no casualty from the first two attacks but the incidents have sparked a series of confrontation between the PDRC protestors and Red Shirts demonstrators throughout the day and carry on into the night where gun shots and explosions can be heard after the sun went down on 30 November.
Various and separate gun fights continued throughout the night until the next day on 1 December when the last and most noticeable end to the violence came when a bus was burnt down on Ramkhamhang road.
Police reported afterward that they have found a body inside the bus and that was the last casualty form the two days of horror for Ramkhamhang students and Red Shirt supporters that were hiding in fear at their protest site until they were rescued by the police and soldier.
There are several reports from both sides and the press that there were an unidentified group of individuals who spread around the two protest sites before the first casualty happened on 30 November until the burning of the bus on 1 December.
This shadow group wore mask and can be seen on top of buildings and were spotted around both the university ground and the stadium complex at different period of time. Their movements were noticeable since no one from both sides knows who they are. The police are currently investigating into these reports but recent result from autopsies and gathered evidence have shown a different story.
In total, the police have found 34 casing from seven different types of firearm including .35, .38, 9 millimeter, .22 and .32. According to Naiwat, the police have enough evidence to press charges for murder, arson and destroying of public property but as of now, they have not apprehended any suspect.
The following are the names of the five fallen victims from the latest political conflict in 2013;
1. Taweesak P. – 21 year old Ramkhamhang University’s student who was shot by a .45 bullet in the chest near Ramkhamhang soi 24 on 30 November. Autopsy result shown that the bullet was fire from a horizontal position, not from high angled trajectory that was claimed by some reports.
2. Thanasit W. – 22 year old Army’s Private Red Shirt supporter who was shot by a .22 bullet in the head near exit number 8 of Rajamangala stadium on 30 November. Autopsy result found that the trajectory of the bullet came from a horizontal position.
3. Viroj K. – 43 year old Red Shirts supporter who was shot in the chest near Zone N of Rajamangala stadium on 1 December. Result of trajectory and type of bullet was unclear.
4. Visanu P. – 56 year old Red Shirts supporter who was shot in the chest near a cross over bridge in front Ramkhamhang University on 1 December. Autopsy result found that the bullet was fire from a horizontal position – the type of bullet was unclear.
5. Suradeth K. – 19 year old volunteer guard for the anti-government protestors who was found dead inside the burnt bus on 1 December – autopsy shown that he died from the fire – no clear indication why he was on the bus before it was burnt down. He was not a Ramkhamhang student and never took part in any Red Shirts rally.
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