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Thai General "Braveheart" Shot Dead

The situation in Bangkok, is threatening to worsen as an estimated 20,000 demonstrator’s barricaded themselves within City, are threatening to spill over after the shooting of a high ranking member of the Red Shirt protesters. The former military General was gunned down in front of the world’s media. 

As last words go, cult hero Major General Khattiya Sawasdiphol’s suggested that fireworks, small arms, and righteous indignation are no match for military might.  The General, giving an interview to Thomas Fuller of The New York Times, claimed seconds before his death that “the military cannot get in here”, as if punctuating the statement a single gunshot, thought to come from a high rise building outside the camp, ended his reign.

The military have surrounded the massive blockades made of tyres, gas soaked wood and razor wire.  The PM went back on his promise of an election in November if peace was restored, and instead positioned his army to strike on the crowds of, mostly,  peaceful protesters who want nothing more than elected officials in office. 

In fear of the army bulldozing through the camp in a bloody conflict, the protesters have threatened to leave the compound and descend on the army barracks that the PM, Abhisit Vejjajiva, has chosen to hide in. Meanwhile his city is being ravaged by both sides in a conflict that has seen 30 killed, millions of dollars worth of damage to not only the city, but their economy.

The state of emergency called by the Eton and Oxford educated P.M., now affects 17 provinces. The killing of the man perceived by the media as the leader of the Red Shirts, Khattiya Sawasdiphol a man reportedly a self-styled “Braveheart”, tensions must surely be at tipping point in the camp and the city outside.

The assassination came after a deadline passed for the protesters to move out of their camp in a shopping district.

It could be said, Major General Khattiya Sawasdiphol provoked the military by stating, “The tactics you are supposed to use are to fight early in the morning, or during daylight hours, not at night.  But the army acts with homosexual emotions.”  It did not seem to go down to well with the army.

-henry hunter

 

henryhunter Posted by on May 14, 2010. Filed under International World News with Henry Hunter,Politics with Henry Hunter. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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