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NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs   18  January 2014  

Police told to take action against hardcore Red Shirt elements

BANGKOK, Jan 18 – The army has pressed police to take action against a Red Shirt activist who allegedly intimidated state officials and people.
Army deputy spokesman Winthai Suvaree said the behaviour of Wutthipong Kachathamkul, alias Ko Tee, has become a danger to security and should be dealt with legally.
He called on police to crack down on assailants who attacked protesters during daytime and nighttime and hunt for people behind the violence which has become widespread.
More than 30 people were injured as attackers hurled bombs at protesters led by leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Bantat Thong Road yesterday.
One of the rally sites on Chaeng Wattana Road was also attacked by Red Shirt activists yesterday. Ko Tee, a Pathum Thani resident, had reportedly announced that he would lead an attack on the Chaeng Wattana rally site.
Col Winthai said he believed police would take legal action against a group of people who intimidated the Nonthaburi governor with a harsh announcement that the protests by People’s Democratic Reform Committee must end in three days. (MCOT online news)

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It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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