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Bangkok police say they’ll charge “rioters”

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Bangkok police say they’ll press charges against pro-democracy activists who caused chaotic scenes in support of their colleagues yesterday, even throwing paint on some officers.

Supporters of the pro-democracy activists who arrived at Samran Rat police station to acknowledge charges stemming from a rally on July 18, broke police barriers and 1 of them threw a container of paint at officers, calling it was “a form of art” to react against bullying by authorities.

Supporters forced their way into the compound, gathering at the bottom of the front entrance stairs as the activists went into the building to hear the charges.

Singer-songwriter Chaiamorn Kaewwiboonpan, alias “Ammy” of the Bottom Blues band, was the one who threw a tin of blue paint at police.

In a recorded video clip, he said: “This is not a threat. If you continue to intimidate us, we will intimidate you back in artistic ways.”

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Chiang Rai Times

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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