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UDD Responds to Democrat Delusion

At a press conference on Friday, the UDD leaders called on the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to reopen their investigation into the death of Boonmee Rermsuk, one of the 98 victims of the 2010 military crackdown, after the Criminal Court failed to establish his killer.

In a unsurprising distortion of logic, the Democrat Party has argued that the Court’s failure to find the authorities guilty is sufficient proof that the protesters were armed and violent. UDD leader Tida Tawornseth maintained that the Red Shirts were not armed in 2010 and the Court has found the Democrat-led authorities guilty in the 4 other cases from 2010 already dealt with by the Thai judicial system. Tida asked the DSI to further investigate the death of Boonmee, also known as “Uncle Boonmee”.

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Red Shirts Ask “Where is the Rule of Law?”

At a press conference on Friday, UDD co-leaders expressed their outrage over former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s ability to circumvent the rule of law by walking out of the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) without signing and agreeing to the terms of his release after hearing his charges yesterday. The Red Shirt leaders were equally appalled by his continuing lack of respect for the victims of the military crackdown in 2010.

Abhisit and his former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban presented themselves at DSI offices on Thursday to deny the murder charges against them in regards to the death of taxi driver Pan Kamkong who was killed by CRES soldiers on May 15th 2010. However, they refused to sign a document accepting the conditions for their bail, which prohibit them from: leaving the country without the approval of the DSI; tampering with evidence; and obstructing the investigation. Despite this outright rejection of the legal process, they were free to go.

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‘Men In Black’ a Running Joke at DSI – Dutch Journalist

Maas points to where he was shot in May 2010

On Monday, Dutch journalist Michel Maas visited the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) to submit into evidence the M16 bullet that struck him in the back on the 19th of May 2010. While at the DSI, Maas inquired as to the status of the investigation on the ‘men in black’ or ‘black shirts’,

They started laughing. It seems to be a running joke around [there]. They did show me a picture taken from TV footage of a man in a black t-shirt running around with a M16. The problem is that the man was running with the military. Of course, the military denies all these allegations… Judging by the photo evidence I’ve seen, it appears to point to them.

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UDD to Democrat Party- “Let the Courts Establish the Truth”

At the weekly press conference on Friday, the UDD leadership responded to allegations made by the Democrat Party during its ‘men in black’ misinformation rally last Saturday.

UDD chairwoman Tida especially challenged Abhisit’s statement  rally that no lives would have been lost had it not been for the ‘men in black’,

The ‘men in black’ continue to star in the Democrat Party’s fantasy story in which 60,000 heavily armed troops in central Bangkok had little to do with the escalation in violence that killed 99 people. We must let the courts establish the truth.

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Bullet that Hit Me Came from Military Gun – Dutch Journalist

Dutch journalist Michel Maas took the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the press on a tour in Ratchaprasong on Wednesday, showing where he was shot by the military on the morning of May 19th 2010.

Michel was in Thailand reporting on the military crackdown of Red Shirt protests for Netherlands Radio Worldwide and the Volkskrant newspaper. He was with a group of journalists on Ratchadamri Road when the army suddenly started shooting indiscriminately at the crowd of protesters.

He was shot in the shoulder and, shortly afterwards, was rushed to the nearby Police General Hospital from where he resumed his broadcast.

On Wednesday he spoke to reporters and the DSI on the spot where he was shot two years ago.

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