Cheering when people are killed (video)

Cheering when people are killed (video)

A police officer, whose duty is to uphold the law, pleased when innocent people are killed, including a five-year old girl.


Time for police to step up


Karnjana Karnjanatawe

When Police Senior Sergeant Major Daeng announced that gunmen in two pickup trucks had hurled grenades and sprayed bullets and that people had been injured and killed, the audience shook their clappers, stood up and raised their hands in the air, cheerful, screaming with excitement.

A video clip has been widely circulated on social media. It was part of the “beating the war drums” meet(ing)ingof the United Front For Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) held on Sunday at the Chalerm Phra Kiat Sports Stadium in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima.

The three-minute clip began with an introduction to a man with a moustache and wearing a red plaid shirt. He was introduced as dap (Police Senior Sergeant Major) Daeng. He is also a UDD leader of the Chon Buri provincial chapter.

He stepped in front of the microphone on the stage with other provincial chapter leaders behind him. He took the mic and said he had good news to announce to the audience and to red-shirt supporters throughout the country via the Asia Update TV programme.

His good news was about how on Saturday night, gunmen in two pickup trucks hurled grenades and sprayed bullets at the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) stage at Yingcharoen market in Khao Saming district in Trat.

When he announced that people had been injured and killed, the audience shook their clapping tools (clappers). Some even stood up and raised their hands in the air. They were cheerful and screamed with excitement. It was like what they heard was pleasing to their ears. 

The policeman continued his speech, saying the PDRC protesters deserved what they got.

In my opinion, this reaction is unacceptable. It is inhuman.

A policeman, whose primary duty is to maintain law and order, was pleased that innocent people were attacked and killed. One of those bullets hit and killed a five-year old girl who happened to playing next to her mother who was not part of the protest, but worked at night washing dishes at a noodle shop.

The policeman continued with his “good news”, but was interrupted by two UDD core leaders. They said they understood his feelings, but they did not want anyone to be killed.

This response did not please dap Daeng. He raised his voice and asked: “Do you want to fight or not? If you act like that then I will stop my speech.” Then he walked out. He was angry. He clearly showed his support for the use of violence.

The action clearly represented the hard-core red shirts. They are in the same group of the UDD who have always said that they love democracy and they must protect the elected government. However, it is also they who cannot stand different political views and the anti-government protests.They cannot tolerate the opposition. They cannot handle challenges. It is ridiculous that they call themselves people who love democracy.

The hard-core red shirts act like mafia who can hurt or kill anyone they please. The incident in Trat was only one of a series of deadly attacks against the anti-government protesters.

According to Erawan Emergency Centre, there were 71 attacks during Nov 30 to Feb 24. More than 770 people were wounded and 21 people died including the girl in Trat, and two innocent children after Sunday’s grenade explosion near Big C Superstore in Ratchaprasong.

In contrast, zero seems to be the number of people responsible who have been apprehended in the capital by police.

How can top policemen still remain in their positions? Where is the action of the national police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew and the Metropolitan Police Bureau Chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang? Since the top policemen are not doing anything to ensure people’s safety, they should resign. [i.e. have accountability ]

It is sad to learn that policemen fail to protect innocent people. By doing nothing, it shows that police support the violence.

The police turn a blind eye when it comes to their primary duty — to guard people’s safety.

They must know that police do not have a duty to serve only one government, but to maintain the peace of the state.

Karnjana Karnjanatawe is a travel writer for the Life section.

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  • accountability: a situation where people have the right to ask you about or criticise you for something that has happened - ความน่าเชื่อถือ
  • announce: to tell people something officially, especially about a decision, plans, etc - ประกาศ, แจ้ง, แจ้งให้ทราบ
  • apprehended (verb): caught; arrested; caught by the police - ถูกจับ, โดนจับกุม
  • audience: the group of people gathered in one place to watch or listen to a play, film, someone speaking, etc. - ผู้ชม
  • beat: to make, or cause something to make, a regular sound or movement - เต้นเป็นจังหวะ
  • bullet: a small, metal object that is shot from a gun - กระสุนปืน
  • capital: the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง
  • challenge: questioning whether something is true, accurate, or legal - การคัดค้าน
  • chapter: a local branch of a society, club, etc - สาขา
  • cheerful: happy and positive - สดชื่น, ร่าเริง
  • circulate: to pass from one person to another - ยังคงมีการแพร่ระบาดอยู่
  • clapper: an object with two parts that you shake or hit together to make noise - มือตบ
  • core leader: one of the most active or most important leaders of a group - แกนนำ
  • deserved what they got: they did something bad, so something bad happened to them; just deserts - กรรมตามทัน, สมควรได้รับ
  • district (noun): an area of a country, town or province, especially one that has particular features - เขต, อำเภอ, บริเวณ, แขวง
  • drum (noun): a musical instrument that a person hits with sticks to play - กลอง
  • 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
  • elect (verb): to choose someone/something through voting - เลือกตั้ง, คัดเลือก
  • ensure: to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
  • excitement: getting very emotional about something - ความตื่นเต้น, ความกระตือรือร้น
  • feeling (noun): an emotional condition or state that a person is in such as anger or happiness - ความรู้สึก, อารมณ์
  • grenade: a small bomb that someone throws or fires from a gun - ลูกระเบิดเล็ก
  • guard: a person who protect somebody/something - ผู้คุ้มกัน, คนเฝ้า
  • gunman: a hired killer; a person hired to kill with a gun; a hitman - มือปืน
  • hard-core: of people who have extreme ideas and who are not likely to change them - ยึดมั่นในหลักการ
  • hurled: thrown with great force - กระเด็นลงมา
  • in contrast with: different from - ตรงข้ามกับ
  • inhuman: not human -
  • injured (adj): hurt in an accident, natural disaster, attack, etc. - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ
  • innocent: a person who has not done anything wrong - ผู้บริสุทธิ์
  • interrupt: to say or do something that makes somebody stop what they are saying or doing - ขัดจังหว
  • law and order: a situation where there is respect for the law and everything is organised and well arranged - การรักษากฎหมายและความสงบเรียบร้อย
  • maintain: to keep something in good condition by checking or repairing it regularly - ซ่อมบำรุง
  • meet(ing): a gathering of people to discuss something - การประชุม
  • moustache: a line of hair that a man allows to grow on his upper lip - หนวด
  • national (adjective): for the whole country - แห่งชาติ, ของชาติ
  • opinion: your feelings or thoughts about somebody/something, rather than a fact - ความเห็น, ความคิดเห็น, ทัศนคติ
  • opposition: of a political party that is not part of the government or a group which is against the government - ฝ่ายค้าน  ผู้ต่อต้าน
  • PDRC (noun): People's Democratic Reform Committee, an anti-government protest group, headed by Suthep Thuagsuban - กปปส. คณะกรรมการประชาชนเพื่อการเปลี่ยนแปลงประเทศไทยให้เป็นประชาธิปไตยที่สมบูรณ์ อันมีพระมหากษัตริย์ทรงเป็นประมุข.
  • please: to make someone feel happy and satisfied - ทำให้พอใจ, ทำให้ถูกใจ
  • pleased (adj): happy and satisfied - พอใจ, ปลื้ม
  • pleasing to the eye: attractive; nice-looking - ซึ่งดึงดูดความสนใจ
  • position: a job - ตำแหน่ง
  • primary: main; most important; basic - อันดับแรก
  • primary: most important - ที่สำคัญที่สุด
  • protect: to make sure that somebody/something is not harmed, injured, damaged, etc - ป้องกัน,อารักขา,คุ้มกัน
  • 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
  • provincial (adj): related to "provinces" , the different parts of a country - ประจำจังหวัด, ส่วนท้องถิ่น
  • raise: to lift; to move something to a higher level - ยกขึ้น
  • raise voice: talk loudly, often out of anger -
  • reaction: the way something responds as a result of something that happens - ปฏิกิริยา การตอบสนอง, ปฏิกิริยาตอบโต้
  • represent: to be an example or expression of something - แสดงให้เห็น, เป็นเครื่องหมายของ
  • resign: to leave a job permanently - ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง
  • response: a reaction to something that has happened or been said - การตอบสนอง
  • responsible: deserving to be blamed for something that has happened - มีความรับผิดชอบ
  • ridiculous: silly or unreasonable and deserving to be laughed at - น่าขัน, น่าหัวเราะ, ไร้สาระ
  • scream: to cry or say something loudly and usually on a high note, especially because of strong emotions such as fear, excitement or anger - กรีดร้อง
  • shake (past form shook): to move or make someone or something move with short, quick movements - สั่น, สั่นสะเทือน, เขย่า
  • social media: the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc. - เครือข่ายสังคมออนไลน์
  • spray: very small drops of a liquid that are sent through the air; to cover somebody/something with very small drops of a liquid that are forced out of a container or sent through the air - ละอองน้ำ, น้ำที่กระเซ็นเป็นฝอย ฉีด; พ่น
  • spray bullets: to shoot a lot of bullets in many directions in a short period of time - กระสุน
  • stage (noun): a raised area, usually in a theatre, etc. where actors, dancers, speakers etc. perform - เวที
  • stepped up: increased - เพิ่ม
  • supporter (noun): a person who helps and supports a person, organization or idea - ผู้สนับสนุน
  • tolerate: accept behavior and beliefs which are different from your own, although you might not agree with or approve of them - อดทนต่อความยากลำบาก
  • turn a blind eye: to deliberately not pay attention to; to ignore - ทำไม่รู้ไม่ชี้ ทำเป็นไม่เห็น
  • unacceptable: that you cannot accept, allow or approve of - ซึ่งไม่สามารถยอมรับได้
  • 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
  • video clip (noun): a short piece of video, in YouTube, for example - คลิปวีดีโอ
  • view: a personal opinion, belief, or attitude about a particular situation or subject - ความคิดเห็น
  • violence: physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย
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