Chalerm told to clarify “men in black” at the Labour Ministry

The People’s Democratic Reform Committee has demanded a clarification from Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung about the reported presence of some “men in black” on the roof-top of the ministry’s building near the Thai-Japanese youth centre in Din Daeng.

PDRC spokesman Aekkanat Promphan said on Friday that there was no way that protesters could get into the Labour Ministry’s building and climb up to the rooftop unnoticed whereas all the police were deployed at the centre to prevent protesters from breaking in.

He added that he would like to know whether Chalerm was aware of the presence of the “men in black” or not as their presence coincided with the clashes between police and protesters in front of the youth centre and the dead victims were shot from a high ground.

Forensic police confirmed that ballistic test showed that the dead policeman, Narong Pitisit, was shot from a high ground.

Aekkanat said the PDRC wanted the police to clarify whether the bashing of a pick-up truck bearing a Red Cross logo in front of the youth centre Thursday afternoon was perpetrated by police as shown in the social media or by imposters masquerading as policemen.

The Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo), said the former Democrat MP, has deliberately painted the protesters in a negative light by portraying the police as the victims of the violence.

He charged that the police appeared to have wanted to use force against the protesters judging from the discovery of a lot of tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition inside the youth centre.