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Latest “official denials

Previously we’ve already mentionedabout  “official denials“.

Today Nation newspaper  has published an article where Abhisit is quoted making  new scuh “official denail” :

[Abhisit] said he was surprised that the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship (DAAD) leaders had distorted the facts surrounding what happened on those days despite ample evidence that he was facing a life-threatening situation.

Pheu Thai Party MP Jatuporn Promphan had on Thursday said Abhisit and Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban were not in the cars that were attacked by red-shirted protesters at the Interior Ministry.  He claimed that the government had soldiers wear red shirts and act violently so as to frame charges against the DAAD.

Niphon Promphan, secretary-general to the prime minister, dismissed the allegation made by Jatuporn, saying the red shirts did not attack an empty car and hundreds of protesters and reporters had witnessed the incident.

Jatuporn said he had pictures that had not been shown anywhere else but that he would expose during tomorrow’s rally. The pictures allegedly show Abhisit and Suthep changing cars and leaving the ministry while leaving the other car to lure the red-shirt attacks.

Veera Musigapong, a red-shirt leader, said he would hold a rally at a field near Wat Pai Kiew in Bangkok’s Don Muang district tomorrow. He will make a speech titled “Truth Today: Who Hurts Thailand?

abother similar article quoting Nipon  :  “Nipon:   PM, Suthep were in attacked car

Nation’s boss Yoon also writes in his blog :

Premier Abhisit has insisted all along, of course, that he was in that car. He has even told CNN and BBC that “they were after my life” when he witnessed the angry red-shirted demonstrators attacking his car.

Well, it shouldn’t be too difficult to establish the fact and to prove who’s actually lying. No matter how hard they try, nobody could really manage to twist things around to THAT extent.

Let the real expose begin.

Alright, Mr. Yoon  so be it   –    are you ready ?   😉

This is what the very same Nation newspaper wrote on Arpil 12th :

(here we post FULL  URL links, because most likely these articles might be unavailable pretty soon, in that case see it  here)

Several police, protesters injured during riot inside Interior Ministry

Several police and protesters were injured during a riot inside the Interior Ministry when red-shirted protesters tried to attack a motorcade leaving the compound on suspicion that the prime minister was inside one of the cars, Thai PBS reported.
The station confirmed that both Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban were not in any car of the motorcade.
The station said Abhisit and Suthep left the Interior Ministry before the red-shirted protesters managed to block the entrance of the compound and ran inside and rioted.

The Nation

here is one more article from Nation dated same day :


Same  thing (quoting the above Nation article) is mentioned here, here, here, here, here, here, and even here on one of PAD blogs !  🙂

Well, of course now  Yoon and his Nation may try to say that actually that was  Thai PBS was saying that, not the Nation – and also try to discredit  Thai PBS.

(I think UDD leaders  and whoever foreign reporters should try to obtain more info  from Thai PBS – although now it might be hard, with Abhisit’s OFFICIAL Denial)

However the fact remains the same – it WAS reported  that day very clearly that Abhisit has slipped through the back door.

(I recall some other article on Nation using precisely this phrase “slipped through back door” –  which I can no longer find on Nation).

So, WHO is being exposed  other than Nation ?     you asked for it yourself    !  😀

Update  May 11th 2009

Bkk post :  Thepthai: Jatuporn could be mistaken Published: 10/05/2009 at 12:57 PM  (this is before the UDD rully on Sun)

Democrat party spokesman Thepthai Senpong brought photos of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva who was inside his car while being surrounded by a group anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) protesters at the Interior Ministry on April 12. Mr Thepthai on Sunday said opposition PUea Thai MP and UDD leader Jatuporn Promphan could be mistaken after claiming that Mr Abhisit was not inside the vehicle when it was thrashed by the red-shirt protesters last month. The Democrat spokesman said the prime minister’s car and the other accompanied cars looked alike, but the former had bullet-proof mirrors. Mr Jatuporn may only look at the vehicles with broken mirrors and assume that the prime minister was not inside the car during the attack, Mr Senpong said. After explaining the incident, the spokesman said Mr Jatuporn should not raise this issue at the UDD rally Pai Kaew temple in Don Muang area this evening.

(<—  the photo is from Nation)

It looks like  Dems  have considerably toned down their DENIAL – Thepthai uses word COULD, which indicates that he himself  is not so sure (or pretends so).

Interesting also that  in fact, as I know – Jatuporn indeed didn’t raise this issue,  as well as not show thoe promised evidences. some people there were selling many sorts of CDs,  but there were not  seen the CDs  which  it was said  (in Nation’s article yesterday)  PT party MPs will distribute, or may be they were given to a limited number of people. although  some people on net discuss that  the  those evidences WERE given as promised.

another Bkk post article says that actually Jatuporn did raise the issue :   “Jatuporn insists PM not in attacked car

2 videos  posted  on youtube   related to this matter :


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