Thai police chief admits ‘men in black’ are policemen: The “men in black” seen during bloody clashes between protesters and police at the Thai-Japanese stadium on December 26 are policemen, admitted Thailand’s national police chief Adul Saengsingkaew on Thursday, according to Thai media reports.
The police chief was referring to both the “men in black” seen on the roof-top of the Labour Ministry’s building near the sports stadium where the candidacy registration was taking place, and also the men in black anti-riot uniforms seen smashing the windshields of a vehicle of a volunteer nurse parking near the stadium, said reports.
Videos of both “men in black” incidents have been circulating on YouTube.
The police chief vowed to investigate and bring them to justice.
Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban had already told supporters from the Democracy Monument stage that the “men in black” who fired into the protest area from the top of the Labour Ministry building were not civilians but well-trained officers, said reports.
“The men in black are certainly not a third hand. Civilians were not allowed to go up on the building because it was under police control,” said Mr. Suthep, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee secretary-general.
“Take a look at the men in black operating and firing, people who have not been trained would be incapable of such tasks. Good civilians like us did not wear black on that day,” said Mr. Suthep, who was also the deputy prime minister under the previous Democrat Party-led government.
A preliminary investigation claimed to have found that an anti-government protester who had fired at police had run and hid in the car, and the men in black were trying to break into the video to arrest him, said a Bangkok Post report.
The police chief promised further investigations into both incidents and said the officers will face disciplinary actions if they are found to be at fault.