Sunday, November 23, 2008

An extraordinary statement about an 'ordinary crime'

Premier Somchai Wongsawat, speaking from Peru where he is atteding the Apec Summit, was only provoking another angry outburst from the anti-Thaksin camp when he said the latest M79 attack on protestors at Government House early yesterday was "just an ordinary crime case."

"I would also like to know who did it," he said, conveniently ignoring the fact that the use of M79, a grenade-launcher, is considered illegal in peace time, no matter who uses it. At least seven protestors of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) were injured, one of them seriously (shown in the picture).

This was the second attack of its kind in three days. One person was killed and 23 injured in a similar attack early Wednesday. Police have been unable to identify the people behind the daring attack.

There was little doubt that the series of attacks was aimed at frightening PAD away from holding a mass rally on Monday at Parliament House in what they have described as "the ultimate war" to topple the Somchai government. Today (Nov 23), the pro-government elements are holding their own rally under the theme of "Today's Truth" at Wat Suankaew to counter the PAD.

If the premier says it's just an "ordinary crime," then you can be sure that more "ordinary crimes" will certainly follow.

Either he is fantastically naive or inexcusably malicious.

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