Jittanart Limthongkul, Sondhi’s only son, said tonight that a “Gestpo state” is being formed as the base for a new political force that’s “as bad as the red shirts.”
“A new form of war is emerging — it’s being launched by the collusion of certain police and military officers. They are plotting a new coup. It is said that a minister, who is said to be involved in the attempted assassination of a privy councillor, is actively behind this new exercise,” Jittanart said in a “phone-in” from Bangkok to a concert in Phuket organized by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD).
He said this group of plotters was employing “assassins” to hunt down those they consider their enemies.
He added that they are creating conditions for the dissolution of the House — so that the police and military officers involved would dominate the political scene.
“The red-shirts can suddenly turn blude shirts. This plot has many levels. They wanted to make Sondhi Limthongkul and Chanchai Likhitjitta (privy councillor) their sacrifical lambs….”
Sondhi’s son said the incident at the Interior Ministry last week when Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva came under attack had been planned “to kill the prime minister — and put the blame on the red-shirts.”
Jittinart said this “new power group” is putting up military barrier on the outer ring to prevent Thaksin Shinawatr from returning while blocking Premier Abhisit with an inner ring. He said: “The people like us must be united and don’t let them hold us hostage.”
Lindsay Murdoch/theage.com– Assassination plot linked to Thai military
The blue group’s actions could be seen from two perspectives:
First, Newin simply wanted to help the government bring down the red group by stirring violence and shifting the blame to discredit the red shirts.
Second, he wanted to create chaos as a pretext for the military to step in and control the situation, thus prompting Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to resign for failing to control the situation.
Since the situation on Songkran Day was not bad enough to shift the blame onto the government, an attempt to assassinate media tycoon and yellow-shirt leader Sondhi Limthongkul was allegedly used to provoke further political chaos.
Perhaps Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya was the only person to believe that ousted prime ministerShinawatra Thaksin and the red shirts were behind the attempt on Sondhi’s life. However, most analysts believe that the new blue-clad political group was playing a game at making political changes.