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Leaders of the security forces have provided the Truth for Reconciliation Commission with little new information in an first meeting on the April and May crackdown. 

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Leaders of the security forces have provided the Truth for Reconciliation Commission with little new information in an initial meeting on the events of the April and May red shirt protests.

Somchai Homla-or yesterday led a 20-member TRC team in a meeting with officials from the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) in an attempt to learn more about the security forces’ operations.

The commission has been asked to uncover details of the violence which erupted between security forces and protesters in April and May of this year, resulting in 91 deaths, most of them red shirts, and at least 1,400 injuries.

The initial meeting failed to shed any light on the events and turned out to be more of a briefing by the army’s deputy chief-of-staff, Lt Gen Daopong Ratanasuwan, and the other CRES members, Mr Somchai said.

Over the course of two-and-a-half hours, the CRES members spoke on the overall system of mobilisation and organisation of security forces before and during the final dispersal of the protesters on May 19 as well as other clashes.

The briefing and a subsequent situation report submitted by the CRES did not provide details such as who was involved in the planning, endorsing and ordering of the crackdown on protesters, Mr Somchai said.

Security officials also failed to provide specifics of controversial incidents such as the fatal clashes in Bon Kai and at Wat Pathum Wanaram.

Mr Somchai said some of the information presented by the CRES had already been widely reported by the media.

Mr Somchai said he had not expected much from the meeting, but was satisfied to see a certain degree of cooperation. His team will meet the CRES officials again in the middle of next month.

‘‘It should take more time because there are questions for the CRES to answer and much of the information is complex,’’ he said.

Mr Somchai said the panel would interview other officers involved in security operations and red shirt leaders to gain a more balanced picture.

Key red shirt leaders have been invited to meet the panel on Thursday, he said.

The panel’s inquiry has been moving at a snail’s pace since its appointment more than three months ago.

The outcome of yesterday’s meeting implied that it faced difficulties in trying to get an accurate account of what happened from security forces since it lacked the power to demand access to CRES’s files.

The panel’s attempts to obtain autopsy results from police on those killed in violent clashes have also progressed slowly, as it cannot subpoena authorities.

The victims of the political violence and their relatives have expressed doubts about the TRC’s ability to retrieve complete information from authorities, citing the fact the commission was government-appointed.

Meanwhile, the cases against 19 red shirt leaders facing terrorism charges moved forward yesterday.

Seventeen red shirt leaders, 16 of whom are in prison, showed up at the Criminal Court yesterday for a session held to examine the prosecution’s evidence.

The two other leaders, Jatuporn Prompan and Karun Hosakul, are members of parliament and protected from prosecution.

insight – a chance to understand something or learn more about it  การเข้าใจอย่าถ่องแท้, ความเข้าใจลึกซึ้ง
inquiry – an official examination of a crime, accident, problem, etc., in order to get information or the truth การไต่สวน
reconciliation – a new and friendly relationship with someone who you argued with or fought with การทำให้ปรองดองกันอีก,  การสมานฉันท์
commission – a group of people who have been formally chosen to discover information about a problem or examine the reasons why the problem exists คณะกรรมการ, คณะกรรมาธิการ
initial – early; first  ในเบื้องต้น
resolution – solving a problem, or to finding a satisfactory way of dealing with it  การแก้ไขปัญหา
emergency – an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary เหตุฉุกเฉิน
operation – a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers การปฏิบัติการ
uncover – to discover something secret or hidden ค้นพบข้อเท็จจริง
violence – physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people ความรุนแรง
erupt – to start suddenly ปะทุขึ้น
shed light on – to provide information or details to help us understand something
briefing – a meeting in which people receive information or instruction  สรุปแบบสั้นๆ
chief-of-staff – the most senior officer in the army, navy, or air force เสนาธิการ
overall – considering something as a whole, rather than its details or the different aspects of it ภาพรวม,  รวมทั้งสิ้น
mobilisation – (of soldiers, police or other groups of people) preparing to do something such as cracking down on a protest or fighting a war  การเตรียมกำลัง
dispersal – (of a crowd of people) the process of causing to separate and leave in different directions  การสลายฝูงชน
clash – a fight between groups of people การปะทะกันสองฝ่าย
subsequent – happening or coming after something else ซึ่งตามมา
submit – to formally give something to someone so that can make a decision about it ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
details – small facts or pieces of information relating to a situation รายละเอียด
endorsed – officially approved รับรอง
crackdown – strong action that someone in authority takes to stop a particular activity การใช้กำลังเข้าปราบปรามของเจ้าหน้าที่
specifics – the details of something รายละเอียด
controversial – causing disagreement ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดการโต้แย้ง
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
fatal – causing someone to die ถึงตาย
media – newspapers, television, radio, etc. สื่อ
degree – an amount of something ระดับ
cooperation – working together to achieve a result that will benefit all sides ความร่วมมือ, การทำงานร่วมกัน
complex – having a lot of details or small parts that make it difficult to understand or deal with ซับซ้อน
balanced – considering all arguments, opinions, or aspects fairly and equally
panel – a group of people who make decisions or judgments คณะกรรมการ
snail’s pace – very slowly
outcome – a result ผล
imply – to suggest that you think something without saying it directly บอกเป็นนัย, แสดงนัย
account – a spoken or written report about something that has happened  รายงานข่าว
access – having the opportunity to have or use something มีโอกาสในการใช้
autopsy – a medical examination of a dead person’s body to find out why they died การชันสูตรศพ
progress – to continue to develop or move forward ก้าวหน้า, คืบหน้า
subpoena – an official legal document that says you must come to to give information  หมายเรียก, หมายศาล
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
victims – people who are killed injured or harmed in some way from an accident, natural disaster, crime, etc. เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
relative – a member of your family ญาติพี่น้อง
retrieve – to get something back, especially something that is not easy to find ได้กลับคืนมา
cite – to mention something as an example กล่าวถึง
terrorism – the use of violence to achieve political aims การใช้ความรุนแรงเพื่อข้อเรียกร้องทางการเมือง
charge – an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime ข้อหา
session – a formal meeting of an institution such as a parliament or a court การประชุม
prosecution – the person or organisation that tries to prove in court that someone has committed a crime อัยการ
evidence – facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน

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