Warfare in the capital?

Warfare in the capital?

Intelligence suggests same armed groups from 2010 involved in current violent incidents. Rift between the army & police, source claims.

Men in black, from one of the two sides in Thailand's political conflict, in action. (Source: Reuters)


Prayuth wants reds kept at bay

Fears escalate of 'warfare' in capital


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A photo that captures an unidentified armed man, one of the "men in black".

The upsurge in protest-related violence in recent days coupled with an announcement by the red shirts that they will stage a huge rally to ensure the survival of the Yingluck Shinawatra government is sparking concerns of "guerrilla warfare" being waged by armed elements from both pro- and anti-government sides.

Security sources say "men in black" from both sides could end up battling it out in Bangkok if the red shirts carry out their threat to stage their rally to protect the government.

"We don’t expect it to be an all-out civil war but men in black from the red shirts will come to wage a guerrilla war with the 'popcorn warriors' helping People's Democratic Reform Committee [PDRC] protesters," one source said, saying the military is not thinking about declaring martial law.

A photo that captures an unidentified armed man firing a gun, one of the "men in black".

An army source said army commander Prayuth Chan-ocha has asked caretaker premier Yingluck to persuade the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) not to bring protesters to the capital. The problem is that there is a rift between the army and police, the source said.

It is believed unidentified armed men on the side of protesters and who were involved in clashes with police are soldiers and this has caused concern among police and those in the military who support the government.

"We hope that this rift will not widen,' the source said.

Gen Prayuth also said yesterday that intelligence reports suggest several groups were involved in violent incidents and most of them were involved in political demonstrations in 2010. He was apparently referring to the demonstrations of the UDD that tried to oust the previous Abhisit Vejjajiva government at that time.

A photo that captures an unidentified armed man, one of the "men in black".

UDD leader Jatuporn Prompan said yesterday his group will make its biggest move next month when the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) takes legal action against Ms Yingluck for her role in the government’s rice-pledging scheme.

"If we don’t come out now while the government is still the winner then the country will go the way of the ammart [elite]," Mr Jatuporn said without elaborating.

Ms Yingluck yesterday also condemned the weekend violence but insisted that she will not resign. "I will continue to do my duty until the last minute," Ms Yingluck said. She also offered condolences to the families of the victims and those injured in the violence.

Gen Prayuth said he has discussed the attacks with the prime minister, the government’s Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) and protest groups and called for the arrest of the people who used war weapons at demonstration venues whichever side they were on.

The military and the police had to take responsibility, and if violence continued it might get out of hand, he said.

Gen Prayuth said authorities are collecting evidence to speed up legal action against the violent groups.

The army has not acted as it was afraid it could increase casualties.

He noted some people misunderstood the army and were trying to obstruct the operations of soldiers.

Gen Prayuth demanded authorities arrest those who use weapons against demonstrators, officials and state offices.

"This does not mean that the military will use force to alleviate the situation without adhering to principles and laws," Gen Prayuth said.

"We must step together towards peaceful solutions and stop using laws to back fights," Gen Prayuth said.

Ms Yingluck said her government was not turning a blind eye to the attacks, saying that police have been ordered to track down the culprits.

Asked about the pressure being put on the Shinawatra family’s businesses, she responded with emotion.

"Won’t [they] even give me space to stand? I am trying to protect democracy," Mr Yingluck said on the verge of tears.

"Many people demand my resignation. But is resignation the answer? That would cause a vacuum and pave the way for the end of the constitution and that is undemocratic."

Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary-general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), said yesterday that Ms Yingluck was insincere in her condemnation of the grenade attacks on demonstrators in Bangkok and Trat.

Regarding the prime minister’s comment that a third party was behind the violent incidents, Mr Suthep said she was accusing the military of launching them.

He demanded the military voice its stance and urged people to dismiss the UDD’s claim that the military was responsible for the violence.

Mr Suthep said he would not lead protesters into a civil war and if armed UDD members entered Bangkok, security authorities, not his PDRC, would have to deal with them.

He called for protesters to wear black for three days to mourn victims of violence and said protesters would gather at the Royal Thai Police headquarters tomorrow to call for justice for them.

National Security Council secretary-general Lt Gen Paradorn Pattanatabut said hard-core PDRC members carried out the attacks.


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  • accuse: to say that someone has done something wrong or committed a crime - กล่าวหา
  • adhere to: to obey a rule, law, agreement, etc. - ทำตามกฎหมาย
  • adj (noun): connected with soldiers or the armed forces - ในทางทหาร,เกี่ยวกับทหาร
  • all-out: complete; involving all of someone’s energy, strength, and determination - อย่างเต็มที่, ไม่มีเหลือไว้เลย, ทั้งหมด
  • alleviate: to make something less painful, severe, or serious - ทำให้บรรเทา ทำให้น้อยลง
  • announcement: a spoken or written statement that informs people about something - การประกาศ
  • apparently: based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly - ตามที่ได้รู้มา
  • armed: carrying a weapon - ติดอาวุธ
  • arrest: (of the police or, in this case, soldiers) to take someone under control because they are believed to have committed a crime - จับกุม
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • back: to support - สนับสนุน
  • battle: a fight between two armies in a war - การสู้รบ
  • behind (verb): the cause of - A bad upbringing is behind his becoming a criminal as an adult.
  • capital: the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง
  • caretaker: in charge for a short time, until a new leader or government is chosen - รักษาการ
  • carry out (verb): to do something, to finish and complete a task - ทำให้สมบูรณ์, ทำให้สำเร็จ
  • casualty (noun): victim; someone/ something that has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a bad event such as a disaster or crime (casualties: the number of dead or injured) - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย; จำนวนคนตายหรือได้รับบาดเจ็บ
  • civil war: a war fought by different groups of people living in the same country - สงครามกลางเมือง
  • claim (noun): saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา
  • clash: a brief fight between two or more people - การปะทะกันสองฝ่าย
  • collect (verb): to gather together a group/set/amount of things, often of the same sort - สะสม, เก็บรวบรวม
  • commander: the head of an army or army unit - ผู้บังคับบัญชา
  • comment (noun): expressing an opinion - การแสดงความคิดเห็น
  • concern: a worry - ความกังวล
  • condemnation: a public statement in which someone criticises someone or something severely - การประนามหยามเหยียด
  • condemned: criticised severely - ประณาม
  • condolences (noun): sympathy that you feel for somebody when a person in their family or that they know well has died; an expression of this sympathy - การแสดงความเสียใจต่อผู้อื่น
  • conflict: an angry disagreement between people or groups - ความขัดแย้ง
  • constitution: the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by - รัฐธรรมนูญ
  • coupled with: together with - ผนวกับ
  • culprit: someone who has done something wrong - ผู้กระทำความผิด
  • deal with: to take action to solve a problem - รับมือกับ, จัดการกับ
  • declare: to announce officially - ประกาศ
  • demand: a very firm request for something - ข้อเรียกร้อง, การเรียกร้อง
  • demonstration: an occasion when a group of people gather together to support or protest about something - การชุมนุม
  • demonstrators: people who march with other people in public to show that they support or oppose something - ผู้ชุมนุมประท้วง
  • dismiss: to refuse to accept that something might be true or important - ไม่สนใจ,แย้งกลับ
  • duty: something that you have to do because it is part of your job, or something that you feel is the right thing to do - หน้าที่, ความรับผิดชอบ
  • elaborate: to add more information to or explain something that you have said - อธิบายเพิ่มเติม
  • elements: sets or groups of people - องค์ประกอบ
  • elite: (1) of a highly trained group, powerful or influential group - ซึ่งดีที่สุด, ยอดเยี่ยมที่สุด (2) the richest, most powerful, most influential group (in this case, in Thai society) อำมาตย คนที่มีอภิสิทธิ์ที่สุด
  • emotion: strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general - อารมณ์
  • ensure: to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
  • escalate: to become much more serious or much worse - ทำให้เพิ่มขึ้น, ทำให้มากขึ้น
  • evidence: facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime - หลักฐาน
  • fights: To carry on, or wage, as a conflict, or battle; to win or gain by struggle, as one's way - การทะเลาะ, ถกเถียง, ต่อสู้, มีปากมีเสียงกัน
  • force (noun): making someone do something that they don't want to do - การบังคับ
  • get out of hand: to get out of control - ควบคุมไม่ได้
  • grenade: a small bomb that someone throws or fires from a gun - ลูกระเบิดเล็ก
  • guerrilla: of members of a military group that is not official and usually wants to change a political situation. Their main method is to make unexpected attacks in small groups - สมาชิกกลุ่มกองโจร 
  • hard-core: of people who have extreme ideas and who are not likely to change them - ยึดมั่นในหลักการ
  • huge: very large - ใหญ่โต
  • incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
  • injured (adj): hurt in an accident, natural disaster, attack, etc. - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ
  • insincere: pretending to feel something that you do not really feel, or not meaning what you say - ซึ่งไม่จริงใจ
  • insist: to keep saying very firmly that something is true - ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
  • intelligence: information collected about the secret plans of an enemy, criminal organisations, competitors, etc. - ข่าวกรอง  ข้อมูลลับ
  • justice: a fair result or punishment from a court of law - ความยุติธรรม
  • launch: starting something - การเริ่มต้น
  • martial law: direct control of an area or country by the armed forces - กฎอัยการศึก
  • mourn : to feel extremely sad because someone has died and to express this in public - ไว้อาลัย, ไว้ทุกข์, เศร้าโศก
  • move (noun): action -
  • National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC): An independent government organisation to investigate corruption carried out by government officials - ปปช. (สำนักคณะกรรมการป้องกันและปราบปรามการทุจริตแห่งชาติ)
  • obstruct: to make it difficult for something to happen or for someone or something to go somewhere - ขวางทาง
  • officials: people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • on the verge of: to be about to do something very soon; to almost be ready to do something very near to the moment when somebody does something or something happens - เกือบจะทำบางสิ่ง
  • operation: a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers - การปฏิบัติการ
  • oust: to force to leave a position of power - ขับออกจากอำนาจ
  • pave the way for (verb): to create a situation in which something can happen - ปูทาง
  • peaceful (adj): calm and quiet and not involving any violence - สงบ, ซึ่งมีระเบียบ, เงียบสงบ
  • persuade: to make someone agree to do something by giving them reasons why they should - โน้มน้าวใจ เกลี้ยกล่อม
  • premier (noun): prime minister - นายกรัฐมนตรี
  • pressure: to try to make someone do something by forcing, threatening, or persuading them in a determined way - กดดัน
  • previous: happening or existing before the event or object that you are talking about - แต่ก่อน, เมื่อก่อน
  • principle: a basic rule or belief about what is right - หลักการ
  • protect: to make sure that something is not harmed or damaged - ปกป้อง, ป้องกัน
  • protest: a meeting or rally, sometimes forceful or violent, of people who strongly disagree with something - ชุมนุมประท้วง
  • protester: someone who shows that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc - ผู้ต่อต้าน, ผู้ประท้วง
  • rally: a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something - การชุมนุม
  • recent: happening or starting a short time ago - เร็วๆ นี้
  • refer: to mention someone or something - อ้างถึง, อ้างอิง
  • regarding: concerning somebody/something; about somebody/something - เกี่ยวกับ
  • related (adj): connected with something/somebody; referring to something/somebody - เชื่อมโยงกับ
  • report (verb): to tell someone officially that something exists or happened - รายงาน
  • resign: to leave a job permanently - ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง
  • resignation: the act of leaving a job, position of power, etc. - การลาออกจากตำแหน่ง
  • respond: to say or do something as a reaction to something that has been said or done - ตอบสนอง, ตอบรับ
  • responsible for: to cause something to happen - ก่อให้เกิด
  • rice-pledging scheme: a government programme in which farmers sell rice to the government at a particular price, with the right to reclaim the rice if the market price goes higher - โครงการจำนำข้าว
  • rift: a serious disagreement between two people or groups - ความแตกร้าว
  • role: the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organisation, society or relationship - บทบาท
  • secretary-general (noun): the person who is in charge of the department that deals with the running of a large international or political organisation - เลขาธิการ, เลขาธิการใหญ่
  • security: the activities involved in protecting a country, building or person against attack, danger, etc - ระบบป้องกันภัย
  • side: team; one of the two or more people or groups taking part in a competition, argument, war, etc - ทีม, ฝ่าย, พรรค
  • situation: all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์
  • solution: a way of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation - วิธีแก้ปัญหา
  • source: a place where information comes from; someone who gives information - แหล่งข่าว
  • space: an area or a place that is empty or that can be moved about freely - ที่ว่าง
  • spark: to make something happen, especially something bad - ก่อให้เกิด
  • speed up (verb): make go faster -
  • stage: to organise an event or activity - จัด
  • stance: an attitude or view about an issue that you state clearly; position - จุดยืน
  • suggest: to show that something is possibly true - ชวนคิด
  • survival: the fact or state of continuing to live or exist, especially in difficult conditions - การอยู่รอด
  • take responsibility: to say or admit you are the cause of something, usually something bad (and, often, to do what needs to be done to correct the situation) - แสดงความรับผิดชอบ
  • tears (noun): drops of water that come from your eyes when you cry or when something (dust, gas, etc.) has entered your eyes - น้ำตา
  • third party: a person who is involved in a situation in addition to the two main people involved - บุคคลที่สาม, มือที่สาม
  • threat: saying that you might do something bad or harmful, especially in order to make someone do something - การขู่เข็ญ การคุกคาม ทำให้กลัว
  • track down (verb): to try to follow and find someone or something - ตามรอย
  • turning a blind eye: deliberately not paying attention to; ignoring - ทำไม่รู้ไม่ชี้ ทำเป็นไม่เห็น
  • undemocratic: against or not acting according to the principles of democracy - ไม่เป็นประชาธิปไตย
  • unidentified: not known (who someone is) - ซึ่งไม่สามารถระบุชื่อได้
  • 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 led the fight against the Abhisit government. They are known for wearing red shirts - แนวร่วมประชาธิปไตยต่อต้านเผด็จการแห่งชาติ
  • upsurge: a sudden increase in something - การเพิ่มขึ้นอย่างรวดเร็ว
  • vacuum (noun): a vaccum cleaner; equipment for cleaning rugs, carpets... - เครื่องดูดฝุ่น
  • venue: a place where a public event or meeting takes place - สถานที่ชุมนุม
  • victim: someone who has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a crime - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
  • victims : people who are killed injured or harmed in some way from an accident, natural disaster, crime, etc. - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
  • violence: physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย
  • violent: involving or caused by physical force that is intended to hurt or kill somebody - รุนแรง, ร้ายแรง, สาหัส
  • voice: to express your feelings or opinions - ออกความคิด
  • wage: to start or continue a war or fight - ประกาศสงคราม
  • wage war: to start or continue a war or fight - ต่อสู้กับ, เปิดศึก
  • warrior: a soldier or fighter, especially in the past - นักรบในสงคราม
  • weapon: an object such as a knife, gun, bomb, etc. that is used for fighting or attacking somebody - อาวุธ
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