A new series of photos of the violence surrounding the ending of red-shirt protest last man has been widely distributed on the internet. As usual, it's hard to know what to believe.
One of the pictures released by the Puea Thai Party on community web networks.The party claims military officers took control of CentralWorld before the shopping complex was set alight on May 19.
Until a credible report is published on what really happened during the red-shirt protests from March through May, we can expect many shocking claims of "new discoveries". Here is the latest and the reaction from the DSI and CRES.
DSI claims Jatuporn's photos show nothing new
The Department of Special Investigation has conceded that some documents released to the public by the Puea Thai Party concerning the deaths of red shirt protesters are in its files.
The party claims military officers took control of CentralWorld before the shopping complex was set alight on May 19.
But it declined to verify whether all the information released by Puea Thai Party list MP Jatuporn Prompan was accurate.
Mr Jatuporn, a co-leader of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, distributed to the media on Tuesday reports and photographs of protesters and other individuals killed during the political violence in April and May. He claimed the photographs were new and showed military officers had a hand in the killing of protesters at Wat Pathum Wanaram near Ratchaprasong intersection.
Mr Jatuporn claimed he had received copies of 10 DSI investigation reports from police officers who are red shirt supporters. He distributed four reports among the media.
They are reports on the deaths of red shirt supporters at Wat Pathum Wanaram on May 19, the death of a Japanese journalist near Khok Wua intersection on April 10, the death of a Dusit Zoo officer on April 10 and the death of Pvt Narongwit Sala in Don Muang district on April28.
Mr Jatuporn said justice for the red shirts had been delayed because police were reluctant to process the cases after receiving DSI investigation reports.
In some reports, military officers admitted they fired weapons.
DSI chief Tharit Pengdit said he could not give an assurance that all the information unveiled by Mr Jatuporn was true. He admitted, however, that the photographs shown by Mr Jatuporn were part of the DSI's investigation.
He said his department had submitted its investigation report to the police for further action.
He said the DSI had never unveiled any part of the report to the public. If any information was leaked, it could not have come from the DSI.
The DSI could not intervene in the way the police handled confidential reports, Mr Tharit said.
The DSI chief said the military might be upset by certain parts of the DSI's report, but it was the department's duty to report the truth.
Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd, spokesman for Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation, which was responsible for the May 19 dispersal of the protesters, said the pictures released by Mr Jatuporn were not new. But the latest pictures were taken in different positions from photographs released earlier.
"I don't see any pictures that show military officers shooting protesters. They just show officers holding rifles, which is normal in such operations," he said.
Someone, (who don't know how) has done a remarkably thorough analysis of the new photos. You can find it here: http://bit.ly/hcgngh
If you can read Thai, Post Today has a long story on the photos which discredits the Puea Thai claims: http://bit.ly/e2wC65
distribute – to give out information to many different places แจกจ่าย, กระจาย
release – to allow something to be shown or known to the public or to be available for use เปิดเผย, ปล่อยข่าว
complex – a large building with various connected rooms or a related group of buildings
set alight – to torch; to deliberately set on fire วางเพลิง
credible – able to be believed or trusted น่าเชื่อถือ
plus – in addition บวกเพิ่ม
reaction – the way something responds as a result of something that happens ปฏิกิริยาตอบโต้
Department of Special Investigation – a police department investigating serious crimes involving influential people, organised crime, or crimes using highly sophisticated technology กรมสอบสวนคดีพิเศษ
concede – to admit that something is true ยอมรับว่าถูก
document – a piece of paper or a set of papers containing official information เอกสาร
decline – to say politely that you will not accept something or do something ปฏิเสธ
verify – to prove that something is true, or to make certain that something is correct พิสูจน์ว่าเป็นความจริง
party list (system) – proportional representation system; a system that gives each party in an election a number of seats in relation to the number of votes its candidates receive ระบบสัดส่วน, ระบบปาร์ตี้ลิสต์
accurate – correct, exact and without any mistakes ถูกต้อง, แม่นยำ
United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) – the group originally formed to demonstrate against the 2006 coup and which supported the Somchai Wongsawat government against the PAD and which is now leading the fight against the current government. They are known for wearing red shirts แนวร่วมประชาธิปไตยต่อต้านเผด็จการแห่งชาต
media – newspapers, television, radio, etc. สื่อ
violence – physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people ความรุนแรง
have a hand in – to be involved with something เกี่ยวพันกับ
intersection – a place where roads, lines, etc., join or cross each other สี่แยก
journalist – a person who writes news stories or articles for a newspaper or magazine or broadcasts them on radio or television ผู้สื่อข่าว
justice - fairness in the way people are dealt with ความเป็นธรรม, ความถูกต้อง, ความยุติธรรม
delay – to not do something until a later time or to make something happen at a later time ทำให้ช้า, ทำให้หยุดยั้ง, ทำให้เสียเวลา, เลื่อน
reluctant - not very willing to do something and therefore slow to do it ไม่เต็มใจ
process – to deal with a document officially so that something can happen ทำให้ผ่านกระบวนการ,ปฏิบัติการ,จัดการ
admit – to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it ยอมรับ
assurance – a promise; a guarantee การรับประกัน, การรับรอง
unveil – to announce something that was not known before เปิดเผยข้อมูล
submit – to formally give something to someone so that can make a decision about it ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
leak – to tell private or secret information to journalists or to the public ทำให้รู้ความลับ
intervene – to become involved in a situation in order to try to stop or change it แทรกแซง
confidential – secret, often in a formal, business or military situation ที่เป็นความลับ
upset – very worried, angry or sad about something ทำให้หงุดหงิด
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
responsible for – to have a duty to do something มีความรับผิดชอบ, มีความรับผิดชอบ
dispersal – (of a crowd of people) the process of causing to separate and leave in different directions การสลายฝูงชน
rifle – a large gun with a long barrel that you hold against your shoulder to fire ปืนยาว, ปืนไรเฟิล
operation – a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers การปฏิบัติการ
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