Ominous signs

There are ominous signs of another, and inevitably more bloody, crackdown on the red shirts. There are email reports that it may commence today. Political Prisoners in Thailand has a detailed report. Here is a brief extract:

Justifying what might be a bloody operation, the government released information from a “joint intelligence report” that came to the conclusion that the so-called third hand – increasingly identified by PAD and the government as being red shirts – were “armed men were recruited from three groups of people: separatists in the South, mercenaries from neighbouring countries, and paramilitary men trained by active officers allied with the red shirts.” This means that the government is saying it is off the hook for its actions on 10 April. By blaming red shirts, mercenaries and southern separatists, they lay the ground work for retaliatory violence.