Fears rising of warfare in Bangkok: Fears are mounting in Thailand of “guerrilla warfare” waged by armed elements from both pro- and anti-government sides in Bangkok, sparked by the recent upsurge in violence and the red-shirts’ announcement of a huge upcoming rally, say reports.
Security sources say “men in black” could end up battling it out in the capital if the red-shirts carry out their planned rally to protect the embattled government of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
“We don’t expect it to be an all-out civil war but men in black from the red shirts will come to wage a guerrilla war with the ‘popcorn warriors’ helping People’s Democratic Reform Committee [PDRC] protesters,” said one security source.
Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha has asked Ms Yingluck to persuade the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) not to bring protesters to Bangkok, according to an army source.
The source also said a rift has opened between police and the military because police believe the unidentified armed elements they have clashed with among protesters are soldiers, according to Bangkok Post report.
Ms Yingluck has condemned the recent attacks on protesters in which three children were killed this past weekend.
Some leaders on both sides have accused each other of carrying out the attacks.
PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban said Ms Yingluck’s condemnation was insincere, and accused the “Thaksin regime” of being behind the violence.
Meanwhile, National Security Council secretary-general Lt Gen Paradorn Pattanatabut accused hard-core PDRC members of launching the attacks.
Mr Suthep said that the caretaker prime minster, in her comments that a third party was behind the attacks, was actually accusing the military.
Suthep also said he would not lead the PDRC into a civil war if armed red-shirts entered Bangkok. He said security authorities would have to deal with them.