April-May 2010 political violence
31 Jan 2017
A criminal court has sentenced two of five ‘men in black’ suspects accused of taking part in the deadly political violence on 10 April 2010 to 10 years imprisonment while dismissing charges against the rest. On 31 January 2017, the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Rd., Bangkok, sentenced Kittisak Soomsri, 47, and Preecha Yooyen, 26, to 10 years imprisonment.
8 Dec 2016
A criminal court has handed a two-year suspended jail term to a witness of Thailand’s April-May 2010 political violence accused of defaming the Thai Army. On 8 December 2016, the Criminal Court of Thailand sentenced Thanaporn (surname withheld due to privacy concerns) to two years of imprisonment with a 100,000 baht fine, according to iLaw. The court suspended the jail term for two years.
4 Oct 2016
The Royal Thai Army has warned that violence could return in the form of political dissidents possessing weapons stolen from the army during the 2010 political violence. On 3 September 2016, Col Winthai Suvaree, a spokesperson of the Royal Thai Army, announced that authorities are currently trying to retrieve weapons that were stolen during the April–May 2010 political violence, BBC Thai reported.
3 Oct 2016
Puangthong Pawakapan, a scholar in the Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University and member of the organizing committee for the “40th anniversary of 6 October: ‘We do not forget’” events gave an interview to Prachatai about the deeply-embedded culture of impunity in Thai society. In her view, the 6 October 1976 massacre is a profound wound and a primary metaphor of this culture, which is nourished by the connections woven across the ruling class. Even after four decades, the families of those killed on 6 October continue to live in fear while the ruling class does not comprehend the anger that continues to drive the people into the streets.
16 May 2016
A core member of Resistant Citizen, an anti-junta activist group, Pansak Srithep, and other activists commemorated the death of Pansak’s son who was killed during the military crackdown on red shirt protesters in May 2010.
11 Apr 2016
On the sixth anniversary of the political violence of 10 April 2010, families of people who died commemorated their loss. On Sunday, 10 April 2016, a political activist group called ‘Chili Peppers’ organised an event at Khok Wua Intersection, Bangkok, to mourn the people who died at the beginning of the military crackdown on demonstrators of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), the main red-shirt faction, on 10 April 2010.
17 Feb 2016
The Appeal Court has dismissed murder charges against Abhisit Vejjajiva, former Prime Minister, and Suthep Thaugsuban, his former deputy, over ordering the violent military crackdown on the anti-establishment red-shirt protesters during the April-May 2010 political violence. On Wednesday morning, 17 February 2016, the Appeal Court confirmed the ruling of the Court of First Instance and dismissed murder charges against Abhisit, the head of the Democrat Party, and Suthep, former deputy PM under Abhisit.
7 Jan 2016
Families of the victims of the military crackdown on the anti-establishment red-shirt protesters during the political violence in April-May 2010 have vowed to struggle for justice, branding as ‘shameful’ the recent ruling not prosecute those who authorised the crackdown.
5 Jan 2016
Despite warnings from the police, families of victims of the violent military crackdown during April-May 2010 political violence vow to go on with their rally to call for justice after the authorities ruled not prosecute those who authorized the crackdown.
30 Dec 2015
The National Anti-Corruption Commission has concluded that Abhisit Vejjajiva, former Democrat Party Prime Minister, and Suthep Thaugsuban, his former Deputy, are not guilty for ordering the violent military crackdown on the anti-establishment red-shirt protesters during the April-May 2010 political violence.
25 Aug 2015
Prosecutors pressed another charge against one of the suspects of ‘Men in Black’, who were allegedly involved in violence during the military crackdown on red shirts on 10 April 2010.
5 Aug 2015
The Thai authorities should end efforts to cover-up abuses committed by soldiers during the 2010 political violence and prosecute all sides responsible for rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today.