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55 people injured in clashes at Bangkok protests

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The Erawan Emergency Medical Service Centre in Bangkok says around 55 people have been injured following clashes during yesterday’s protests in the capital. Violence erupted as pro-democracy activists attempting to reach the Parliament building, clashed with police and rival yellow-shirt pro-establishment groups.

A spokesperson for the medical centre says 32 people have been injured by tear gas, which police used alongside water cannons, in an attempt to hold back protesters. The centre adds that a further 6 people were shot, 4 were taken ill, and 13 reported various other symptoms.

“37 people were sent to Vajira Hospital, 5 to Phramongkutklao Hospital, 4 to Praram 9 Hospital, and 1 each to Rajavithi Hospital, Phetcharavej Hospital, Klang Hospital, Lerdsin Hospital and Mission Hospital.”

Pro-democracy activists from the Ratsadon (People’s Party) group rallied in the vicinity of the Parliament building as MPs and senators met to vote on 7 draft constitutional amendments, including an amendment submitted by human rights group, iLaw. This bill is aimed at reform of the Monarchy to allow for greater accountability.

Clashes broke out when police used water cannons and tear gas as protesters attempted to dismantle barricades preventing them from reaching the Parliament building. Police say a flare and a firecracker were also thrown at officers.

Activists eventually dispersed around 9pm, but protest leader and human rights lawyer, Anon Nampa, has called for “1 million” to gather at the Ratchaprasong intersection at 4pm today. The Ratchaprasong intersection is the intersection of Ratchadamri Road, close to Central World and the Erawan Shrine.

Parliamentarians are set to continue the debate on the iLaw bill today, but political commentators say the chances of it being approved are slim.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Denis

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Anon Nampa’s organization – Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) – is listed as a recipient of US government money via the notorious US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and has been funded by the US government since it was created in 2014.

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      Leo Z

      Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 12:33 am

      Oh, the “notorious” US NED, which the CCP and its minions have made no. 1 target and an extremely convenient “distraction”. Enough said.

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      Fabian

      Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      So what you are trying to say is: it’s bad to support democracy? We should support the CCP instead? Support our own repression? You’re funny.

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    AI

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Hate to say this, but you are dealing with “types” of people in skin-suits, who wouldn’t give a damn or flinch if all of the protesters were completely wiped out.

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