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Democrats: Thaksin was behind 'men in black'

Hit men 'recruited to kill people, including red shirts, to smear Abhisit'

The Democrats yesterday accused ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra of being behind the so-called "men in black" who were allegedly hired to kill innocents including red-shirt protesters in order to smear the previous Abhisit government.

Democrat Party deputy leader Apirak Kosayodhin was speaking during the party's discussion at Lumpini Park on "Seeking the truth: who is behind the merciless men in black in Thailand''. He said that there had been attempts to accuse the Abhisit government of ordering soldiers to kill the people, and that today the party would unveil who were the so-called men in black in order that the country can have the reconciliation.

Democrat Party deputy leader Korn Chatikavanij posed four questions over the men-in-black group: 1) Who benefits from the 2010 riots, which red-shirt leaders have become ministers and Thaksin's younger sister has become PM? 2) Why would then-PM Abhisit Vejjajiva order the killing of people after he withstood so much public pressure and had been criticised for allowing illegal protests to continue day in and day out?

3) Maj-General Kattiya Sawaddipol was shot by a sniper. If the Abhisit government had been able to kill Khattiya, it would have also killed Jatuporn Promphan, Nattawut Saikua and other red-shirt leaders; why would the Abhisit government want to kill innocent people? 4) Who gained and who lost from the incidents in which nurses and foreign reporters were shot dead?

"The truth is not what the majority indicates. People who want power and political change are the ones who did it. Abhisit and the Democrats were in power. Why would we want to create situations that would help others take our power away?'' he said.

Democrat party-list Kasit Piromya said the Yingluck government was part of the armed militia and belonged to the red shirts and it did not want the Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) to translate their final report into English.

Democrat Rayong MP Sathit Pitudeja said the men in black were hired to commit evil work by firing upon sites such as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, oil depots and the Defence Ministry, and killing soldiers, police and innocent people at Silom Skytrain station. "They were hired to kill the red shirts, their very [own] group because they were hired to destroy the Abhisit government,'' he said.

"Everyone agrees that the men in black exist, but the Pheu Thai government refuses to find out their whereabouts, so the people must help trace the men-in-black to prosecution,'' he said.

Pheu Thai deputy spokesman Jirayu Huangsab attacked the Democrats, saying such a rally by the Democrats was not useful to society but only caused more pain to people who had lost loved ones in the riots.

"The rally is the last struggle of the man with a black face and the man who is good at talking before they are sent to their execution,'' he said.


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