Comments on: In line of fire at Bangkok protests http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2010/05/17/in-line-of-fire-at-bangkok-protests/ Beyond the World news headlines Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:09:42 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: 4BKK http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2010/05/17/in-line-of-fire-at-bangkok-protests/comment-page-1/#comment-17132 Wed, 19 May 2010 08:40:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/?p=8781#comment-17132 Bill, you’ve been accused of lying by both sides. A great sign of neutrality. Keep on the good works. Keep your crew safe.

There’re always many versions of truth. I don’t always agree with Reuters’ version. Nonetheless it’s the version that I am most often comfortable with. Reuters’ journalistic professionalism has never been in doubt.

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By: bill_tarrant http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2010/05/17/in-line-of-fire-at-bangkok-protests/comment-page-1/#comment-17129 Tue, 18 May 2010 11:51:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/?p=8781#comment-17129 I appreciate the passionate comments on this post. The last line in my blog post did try to convey both sides of the issue. Many witnesses say they saw the army appear to take aim at unarmed protesters. The last sentence, however, gives the government’s view: “But the government on Monday blamed that on a militant wing of the red shirt, saying they wanted to make troops look bad and escalate the conflict.”

I suspect, as is often the case, the truth is somewhere between those two statements.

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By: Livinghere http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2010/05/17/in-line-of-fire-at-bangkok-protests/comment-page-1/#comment-17128 Tue, 18 May 2010 10:16:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/?p=8781#comment-17128 As to witnesses of soldiers firing at medical workers, there is a video on Youtube taken near Victory Monument where an ambulance is seen racing from down the street and stopping near to the camera man. The paramedic gets out and says “Those SOB soldiers were shooting at us!” All this is in Thai language unfortunately and not many outside of Thailand will see or understand this video.

As to evidence of soldiers shooting at medical workers/journalists – umm, you have read the news about the France 24 reporter who was shot 3 times? And the photographer for The Nation who was shot? And the PTV photographer who was also shot? And the dead Thai paramedic who was shot in the head by sniper fire? And the other dead paramedic who was shot in the face, whose parents’ appeared at a press conference? Do you need more evidence?

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By: lukthai http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2010/05/17/in-line-of-fire-at-bangkok-protests/comment-page-1/#comment-17127 Tue, 18 May 2010 08:35:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/?p=8781#comment-17127 “Some witnesses say the army has been shooting at journalists, medical workers, and innocent bystanders.”
—–Reuters, this is a serious allegation. Can you really verify this? You made it sound so convincing at first by describing your authentic experience but then blended this unwarranted allegation into your report. This is really shameful.
p.s. then again, rereading your report remind me of some stereotypical hollywood film on Thailand. What are you trying to do?

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By: Thaippl http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2010/05/17/in-line-of-fire-at-bangkok-protests/comment-page-1/#comment-17126 Tue, 18 May 2010 08:26:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/?p=8781#comment-17126 Those people who think “Resters is lying” are so stupid. The reason to read from foreign media is, need to know the truth. Most of Thai media report only one-side news.

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By: el_mariachi http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2010/05/17/in-line-of-fire-at-bangkok-protests/comment-page-1/#comment-17125 Tue, 18 May 2010 07:25:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/?p=8781#comment-17125 What’s the point of saying: ‘GO TO HELL!’ and ‘Reuters is lying!’. Do you really think you can bend the foreign media? Yes in Thailand you have the government to back you up, but it’s so stupid of you to think it will work outside of Thailand. They say, if you want to hide something from a Thai person, put it in a book. I suggest you guys read something about your own government.

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By: Livinghere http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2010/05/17/in-line-of-fire-at-bangkok-protests/comment-page-1/#comment-17124 Tue, 18 May 2010 06:51:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/?p=8781#comment-17124 To characterize the Thai government as restoring law and order is ridiculous. No one seems to have pointed out that the State of Emergency that the government has declared to suppress protest is illegal! The SOE was legal under the 1997 constitution that was thrown out by the military coup of 2006. The current constitution has no SOE law. Therefor the government is acting illegally and should immediately cease this military suppression.

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By: Dot_Link http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2010/05/17/in-line-of-fire-at-bangkok-protests/comment-page-1/#comment-17122 Tue, 18 May 2010 05:50:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/?p=8781#comment-17122 why reuters have to lie? I don’t understand your logic

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By: blackpagoda http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2010/05/17/in-line-of-fire-at-bangkok-protests/comment-page-1/#comment-17121 Tue, 18 May 2010 05:31:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/?p=8781#comment-17121 you dirty liars! watch the videos! the reds are terrorists, total thugs with machine guns, m79s. its on video! check youtube. you’re a red shirt and a total liar. soldiers have only rubber bullets. if the soldiers were killers, they would have stormed the 1 mile radius already.
thee are just violent thugs. how about the 12 year old boy arrested for arson? pulling the army from trucks and shooting them unprovoked?

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By: Mountain_Lotus http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2010/05/17/in-line-of-fire-at-bangkok-protests/comment-page-1/#comment-17120 Tue, 18 May 2010 04:55:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/?p=8781#comment-17120 Please calm down. Hate is part of the reason why Bangkok is in chaos.
Anyhow, as I said, Thai government already tried to use riot police. It was successful last year and they had tried it last month. However, they got heavy resistance from machine of war.
If the government really want to use military force, don’t care human lives and don’t care its image, the protest would be ended by now. Do you think what would stop them?

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