Natthawut: Death opens people’s eyes

On 3 April, hundreds of red shirts attended the funeral of Therdsak Fungklinchan who had been killed during a clash with the military at Khok Wua intersection on 10 April last year.

 After having kept his body for nearly a year, the family of Therdsak held a cremation ceremony at See Kan Temple in Don Muang.

The ceremony was also attended by leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship including Thida Thavornsate, Weng Tojirakan, Natthawut Saikua, Jatuporn Phrompan, and Wiphuthalang Phatthanaphumthai, as well as former Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat.

In his speech, Jatuporn told the red shirts that it was their duty to ask for justice for Therdsak and others who had been killed, ‘no matter who or how powerful the killer is. He must receive punishment according to the law. If the law cannot punish him, he will never escape the law of karma.’

And Natthawut said, ‘We don’t want to stand to deliver his spirit and call him a hero.  In his heart, he’s like us, who don’t want to be heroes, but just want human dignity in full.  The powers that be could not give that to us, but gave us death. Those who killed, who gave the orders and who pulled the strings must take responsibility for these tragedies.  We never thought that the powers that be would be this cruel.  That’s not because we were unaware, but because our love was too great.  Love makes people blind, but death opens people’s eyes.  […] We’ll open our eyes to look into every dark corner to see whoever is hiding to let him know that we know.   The eyes are wide open all over the land.’

26 were killed during the clash on 10 April 2010, including 5 soldiers and 21 civilians.