About 5K Thais gathered to commemorate Seh Daeng’s death, most elite press censor news

Supporters of the rogue general who sympathized with the Redshirts during their 2010 Bangkok protests gathered to commemorate his death at the spot where he was fatally wounded by sniper fire 3 years ago. While about 5,000 to 8,000 people showed up to gather in rememberence, most pro Elite Establishment press, such as Bangkok Post and Nation, did not report on the event as of this posting. Maj.Gen. Khattiya Sawasdipol, commonly known as “Seh Dang” (Commander Red), was talking to foreign journalists at the southern end of Redshirts camp near Lumpini Park, on the eve of week-long military campaign to dislodge the Redshirts, when he was shot in the head by unknown assailants. He died few days later in hospital. Today, more than 300 Redshirts marked his death in a religious ceremony conducted by 10 monks near the spot he was shot. His daughter, Ms. Khattiyar Sawasdipol, was also present at the ceremony.  Mr. Thanakorn Maneechote, representative of “Seh Dang Lovers Group” which organized the event, said there are people who remain deeply fond of Commander Red. He said the previous anniversaries were focused on politics, but this year his group wants to focus on messages of “love, faith, and mourning”. “People in our group have different memories about Commander Red,” Mr. Thanakorn said. Mr. Thanakorn added that his group planned to march around Lumpini Park later today to honor Commander Red and demand the government to pass Amnesty Bill so that “society can start their reconciliation”. Speeches and other activities are scheduled to take place this evening as well. Speaking to our correspondent, Ms. Khattiyar – who is currently a Pheu Thai Party MP – said that she was glad to see so many Redshirts remembering her father even thought it′s been 3 years since he passed away.  “It means the Redshirts are still waiting for justice for my father and many other martyrs who lost their lives in the 2010 protests,” Ms. Khattiyar said (Source).

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