Videos showing Thailand men in black top of the Labour Ministry building.
The videos of the “men in black” shown firing on the protest area from the top of the Labour Ministry building near the Thai-Japanese stadium during the bloody clashes between police and protesters on December 26, 2013.
The “men in black” in police riot uniforms shown smashing the windshields of a vehicle with occupants inside near the protest site.
Thailand’s national police chief Adul Saengsingkaew on Thursday admitted that both groups of “men in black” were police officers, and promised further investigations into the incidents and disciplinary actions if they are found to be at fault, according to reports.
Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban had already told demonstrators at a Democracy Monument speech that the “men in black” were not civilians but well-trained officers.
He said the “men in black” were certainly not a “third hand”, as is often claimed about these shadowy figures, as the building was under police control at the time and civilians were not allowed to go inside.
Mr. Suthep, the general-secretary of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee which has led the ongoing anti-government protests for the past two months, said the video shows the “men in black” operating and firing in a highly trained manner that civilians would be incapable of.
The second video shows what appear to be black-clad riot police approaching a vehicle with several occupants inside and then smashing the windshields. The video is filmed from inside the car.
The incidents took place on December 26, 2013 at the Thai-Japanese stadium where preparations for the upcoming February 2 elections were taking place.
The protesters are demanding the elections be postponed so that political reforms can be undertaken first. The main opposition Democrat Party, which is closely aligned with the protesters, is boycotting the election, meaning the ruling Pheu Thai Party is almost certain to emerge victorious if the election is held.