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50,000 took the jab to shake govt
« on: March 17, 2010, 08:32:35 AM »
UDD says blood flowed freely

50,000 took the jab to shake govt

Her face was pale, pulse irregular and her feet and hands were cold. But Lamai Thinkrathok had no misgivings about having blood drawn from her body for the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship's latest campaign.

Nopain,no gain.The UDDclaims 50,000 people joined this squeamish red shirt memberto donate blood for its latest campaign against the government. SOMCHAI POOMLARD
The 42-year-old housewife from Nakhon Ratchasima's Chakkarat district was among 50,000 supporters - as claimed by the UDD - who formed a long line from morning to afternoon yesterday to donate 10 cubic centimetres of blood to be splashed about at Government House and the Democrat Party headquarters later in the day.

Donors included Buddhist monks who were among the first in line. One even proudly showed a syringe filled with his blood.

"Normally I fear seeing blood. But this time I am voluntarily doing it to help the nation and the Thai people," Mrs Lamai said, her eyes brimming with tears.

Mrs Lamai was confident her donation was correctly carried out under the supervision of physicians and nurses. She was not worried about warnings from the Public Health Ministry and the Thai Red Cross Society about being infected with HIV/Aids, hepatitis B, C or other blood diseases as new needles and syringes were used for every person.

Sunthorn Sripao, 40, a vendor from Khon Kaen's Nong Rua district, followed all instructions of the red shirt leaders. He believed the blood donation would be one of the most effective political strategies yet to oust the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and overthrow the elite bureaucrats whom the UDD regards as its enemies.

"I'm very happy to participate in this activity. I come to donate the blood with my heart in the hope of overthrowing the government in this rally," said Mr Sunthorn, who spent three hours standing in a queue waiting for his turn.

Anusorn Taprom, 40, a barber from Chiang Mai, who was also in the line, said the UDD's blood campaign was part of the freedom of expression in a democratic world and would "tell the international community that we are now fighting for democracy with our soul".

"We won't return home empty-handed," he said.

After the blood was taken from the donors, it was immediately put into a five-litre plastic bottle. Inside the bottle was salt water to help prevent the blood from coagulating.

Chulalongkorn University medical intern student Salaktham Tojirakarn, a son of red shirt leader Dr Weng, who volunteered for the blood campaign, said the donation was carried out under medical standards. All doctors and nurses used gloves while collecting the blood.

Key UDD leaders including Veera Musikhapong, Natthawut Saikua, Jatuporn Prompan and Dr Weng started the blood donations in the morning.

Mr Veera said the blood campaign was not the end of the UDD's tactics. The anti-government campaign would be stepped up until the prime minister dissolves the House and calls a general election.

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Bloodletting (or blood-letting) is the withdrawal of often considerable quantities of blood from a patient to cure or prevent illness and disease. It was the most common medical practice performed by doctors from antiquity up to the late 19th century, a time span of almost 2,000 years.  The practice has been abandoned for all except a few very specific conditions.  It is conceivable that historically, in the absence of other treatments for hypertension, bloodletting could sometimes have had a beneficial effect in temporarily reducing blood pressure by a reduction in blood volume.  However, since hypertension is very often asymptomatic  and thus undiagnosable without modern methods, this effect was unintentional. In the overwhelming majority of cases, the historical use of bloodletting was harmful to patients. (Wikipedia)


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Re: 50,000 took the jab to shake govt
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2010, 01:18:15 AM »
More than 50 red-shirts in Nakhon Ratchasima, led by Chalong Noisaeng, on Wednesday afternoon poured blood on a photograph of Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda amid a group of angry onlookers who disagreed with their actions, reports said.

The reds earlier gathered in front of Suranaree military camp in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Muang district and voluntarily donated 10 to 20cc of blood each. A total of 1,000cc of blood was collected, the reports said, and the red-shirts then  moved toward Baan Mae Thap, Gen Prem's country home in the province.

The were blocked by police at the Chon Prathan intersection before reaching Gen Prem’s residence.

They then put Gen Prem’s picture down on a cement post and poured blood on it.

The local onlookers disagreed  and yelled at the red shirts, telling them to  leave the area.

The red-shirts accuse Gen Prem of masterminding  the Sep 19, 2006 military coup which toppled then prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra from power.

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Re: 50,000 took the jab to shake govt
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2010, 07:57:18 AM »
Red leaders vow 'class war' will be peaceful

Red-shirt protesters yesterday declared that they are now waging a class war by peaceful means against the elite, changing tactics to win sympathy from the capital's urban middle class.

The middle class in Bangkok had acknowledged the protest over the past six days as polite and peaceful, protest leaders said. "Bangkokians, despite not wearing red shirts, welcomed the red protest and are willing to join," said Suporn Attawong, an opposition MP from Nakhon Ratchasima.

The blood-pouring campaign, which the middle class and many intellectuals in Bangkok opposed, was completely peaceful, said leader Jatuporn Promphan.

Now the protest tactics have changed, after the act of hurling blood into Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's residence failed to lead to House dissolution.

However, the government's hopes that diminishing numbers of red shirts would lead to an end to the protest were unlikely to materialise as red-shirt leader Veera Musigapong said the demonstration was still far from over.

The protests enter their seventh day today. Veera said any protesters from the provinces who wanted to return home were free to do so.

The withdrawal would be no reflection on the demonstration as many other protesters were taking turns to join in, he said. "We are maintaining the number at 100,000 protesters every day."

Veera, the chief red-shirt protester from the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship (DAAD), denounced and purged ex-communist insurgent Surachai Sae Dan from the organisation for his strong criticism of the red leaders for not bringing down the government.

The DAAD would stick to peaceful means regardless of criticism from any parties, Veera said.

Surachai, who is the leader of the Siam Red group, together with military expert Maj-General Khattiya Sawasdipol, said peaceful demonstrations would never achieve the goal - and the blood-pouring campaign was silly.

Another leader Nattawut Saikua said the DAAD would proceed separately from Red Siam and Khattiya. "Our rally has been non-violent, which has been acknowledged by the international media," he said.

The red protesters will demonstrate across Bangkok on Saturday, taking their vehicles to all directions of the capital, Nattawut said.

"Let's see what they [the government] can do if they can't enter Government House or their homes, and have to travel everywhere in secrecy," he said.

The red protesters yesterday paraded from Rajdamnoen Avenue in the morning to Abhisit's private house on Sukhumvit Soi 31. At first, police blocked them from entering the area but after brief negotiation, officials allowed some 50 protesters in front of the house. Some hurled blood in plastic bags over the wall into the house.

According to their black-magic beliefs, pouring blood would destroy Abhisit's government. Their Brahman priest, Sakrapee Prommachart, said earlier that he had cursed the government.

The protesters later moved to the US Embassy on Wireless Road to seek clarification from officials there about a sabotage warning Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsubhan claimed he had received from foreign governments.

Suthep did not say the warning came from US sources, but local media reported the US had obtained information from a phone tap that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra had ordered acts of sabotage in Bangkok.

Red-shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan submitted a letter to the embassy asking for clarification before departing for the main protest stage in Rajdamnoen Avenue. Jatuporn said the US Embassy claimed it did not know about the warning.

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