New video red shirts torching CentralWorld in 2010:
Three new video clips were unveiled on Monday that claim to show Thailand red-shirt supporters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) torching the CentralWorld shopping complex in Bangkok during the Abhisit vernment crackdown on red-shirt protests in May of 2010.
Former Democrat MP Sirichoke Sopha released the clips on the Democrat-operated BlueSky TV channel’s Sai Lor Fah (“lightning rod”) show which was co-hosted by ex-Democrat MP Thepthai Senpong.
Mr Sirichoke said the footage clearly shows who set fire to CentralWorld at the Ratchaprasong intersection on May 19, 2010. He said he spent nearly three years negotiating with an unnamed person to obtain the clips, according to report.
The footage had never been released to the public before, and called on people and the media to watch the footage on YouTube.
The first clip was filmed near the main rally stage while UDD co-leader Natthawut Saikua was addressing the crowd, asking the red-shirts to return home.
“But the protesters did not want to leave because they were in furious mood,” said Mr Sirichoke, adding that many protesters were heard shouting “burn it all down”.
“The second and third clip show incidents which confirm no state officials were there while CentralWorld was being torched and the arsonists were the protesters,” he said.
The three clips were released as part of a 44-minute long video of the Sai Lor Fah programme uploaded on YouTube.
The first clip begins at 11:35 minutes into the programme.
The second and third clips show protesters throwing objects at and setting fire to CentralWorld, and can be seen between 14:27 and 19:16 minutes into the clip, between 20:17 and 24:17 minutes, and between 26:05 and 27:17 minutes.
Mr Sirichoke also said he has more video footage in his possession which he will wait until tomorrow to show, giving UDD leaders time to react to the first three clips.