THAILAND - Did the Men In Black Deface Peace and Promote Carnage?
BLACK SHIRTS or more popularly known as Men In Black (MIB) are made infamous by their appearance and involvement during the Red Shirt protests in 2010. Their Bangkok protest started with the open display and expression of their right at civil disobedience through demonstrations. They demanded for justice.
The Reds are unhappy with the military coup in 2006, that saw the removal of Thailand's prime minister, Thaksin. At what point does one resort to forcibly removing an elected official? What happened to electoral framework?
A coup does nothing to justify democratic process; it is merely a breakdown of ideology, and a twisted, barbaric process that removes itself from fair general elections and the right of the majority to determine leadership and the flow of their country.
The political opponent of the Red Shirt movement, known as the Democrat Party, has been intensifying their campaigns to discredit the MIB and all who stand in their way of political ownership -- by trying to connect Thaksin with the Black Shirts.
The Black Shirts, according to some reports from both sides, took to the streets during the crackdown, to the buildings and at the hastily-built road barricades. They had assault rifles, body armour and were equally-armed as the soldiers sent to suppress the Red Shirts.
The military's violent involvement against their own nationals started when they were summoned by the government of the day, which was led by the former prime minister, Abhisit. A favourite among the elites and many expatriates.
One can easily find photos and videos from a farang (foreigner) or local site, whether blog or news portal, that showed people wearing black were seen with both the military and Red Shirts. One can also see many Thais wearing black t-shirts, during the post-crackdown.
The Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT), which took two years to complete their lopsided report of the crackdown, could not prove that the MIB was solely from the Reds. Incidentally, TRCT was jumpstarted by the Abhisit, a mere whitewash exercise to reduce the fallout of the crackdown.
Its common that troops wear black during times of conflict, usually for camouflage purposes. Its also common for troops to place saboteurs in the midst of a sea of foes.
I see the desperation, the need for right-wing political elitists, to redirect the blame to the Red Shirts for the deaths and injuries: more than 95 people died, and over 2,000 people were injured.
I also see some people claiming to be human rights activists supporting the violent crackdown of a largely poor group of people. Hypocrites, and charlatans claiming to uphold the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights but yet clapped their palms in joy when Reds fell to the ground, injured or dying.
While the English-based news in Bangkok are controlled mainly by Democrat-supporters and crony-licking wannabes, the campaigns to dehumanise the Reds continue with a blood lust in Thailand.
Both academic and political circles show no true measure and development of justice, reconciliation or basic human rights to the oppressed. Seems even educated suit-obsessed people can get away with an exaggeration or a refined lie in Thailand.
Nothing for those who died, who lost a loved one, who were injured and violently traumatised, during those horrible moments. Perhaps the first act of justice should be the prosecution of the former prime minister who had commanded troops to fire upon the essence of Thailand - the people.
Or perhaps, society prefers to turn a blind eye to the horrors of oppression, point their fingers at the Reds, and simply nod their heads towards elitism and injustices.