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At least 22 people arrested at Bangkok protest, officer dies of heart failure



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At least 22 people were arrested during the Bangkok protest yesterday, which turned violent as pro-democracy activists marched toward the prime minister’s residence, according to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. An officer died during the rally, which the human rights group says was due to heart failure.

Some protesters threw ping pong bombs and firecrackers in the violent clash with police, the group says. Police armed in riot gear fired rubber bullets and hit protesters with batons. Water cannons and tear gas were used to break up the crowds after some protesters had breached the barricade of shipping containers that had been blocking the way to the prime minister’s residence at a military base on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, according to the Bangkok Post. At least 33 people, including 23 police officers, were injured.

Out of the 22 arrested, 4 were minors who were picked up from the Din Daeng police station by their parents and will need to report to the Juvenile and Family Court this afternoon, according to the human rights group. The detained protesters face charges of fighting, blocking or harming a police officer.

Protesters from REDEM, or Restart Democracy, which is a spin off of the Free Youth group, were marching to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s residence to call on monarchy reform and an end to Thailand’s military influences in government.


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  1. Keith

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    So RTP don’t have any fitness tests?

  2. Slugger

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Murdering thugs. Not pro-democracy protestors. Murdering thugs.

  3. Toby Andrews

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    What are the taxis doing there? Did some of the protesters book a return trip?

  4. Toby Andrews

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    “We just want ten minutes protesting Somechai and then you can take us to the nightclub.”

    • Issan John

      Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 12:37 am

      Got to agree with you, Toby – WTF are the taxis doing there??

      … and while the left side of the road’s having a protest, on the other side of the road it’s business as normal and people are free to bimble up and down, have a picnic, and enjoy the free show! Weird!?

  5. Toby Andrews

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    No I am completely wrong. The taxis are there for a free carwash.

  6. Issan John

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    “Ping ping bombs”.

    Hardly “peaceful protesters” any more.

  7. Ian

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    What you expect ij fight fire with fire if your getting shot at and attacked everytime you protest enough is enough so bring it on I just wish the west would invade I’d sign back up to get rid of these dictators we could go all the way through Myanmar as well get rid of all the lot and free the people to live the life they want not what the dictators want let’s see how the soldiers and police stand up against British and american paratroopers with SA80 machine guns they’re would be white flags everywhere 555

    • Gosport

      Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:29 pm

      Another quarantine syndrome. The world must lift lockdown, or many paratroopers of paranoid would tear down the Capitol.

    • Issan John

      Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 12:27 am

      … and FWIW, Ian, nobody who’s served in the real Army rather than the Salvation Army, even the biggest REMF in the block, would ever refer to “SA80 machine guns”.

      You utter, sad bluffer.


    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    POOR POLICE OFFICER…boo, hoo, hoo….NOT!

  9. Issan John

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    But they’re not getting “shot at” or “attacked”, Ian.

    ….. and I doubt you “signing back up” to re-join the Girl Guides would get them deployed anywhere.

    You may not like the present government, and the PM may be (OK, is) unelected apart from mainly by those he appointed, but the simple fact remains that apart from him ALL the MPs were elected democratically.

    ….. and, like it or not and for whatever reason, the PM’s just won a vote of confidence in the lower house where all the MPs (except the PM) are either directly elected or elected by a proportional representation system that’s far more democratic than that in most of the West – and far, far more democratic in the lower house, where the vote was held, than either the UK or the US.

    FWIW, I disagree strongly with the current constitution as I don’t think the referendum on it was fair or informed, as I’ve said several times, and I particularly disagree with how the upper house is appointed (as, FWIW, I disagree with the upper houses in the UK and USA) but the parliamentary elections here WERE undeniably “free and fair” and that’s what the Thais chose.

    It’s THEIR choice, for some forty million Thais to make, not that of a crowd of barely a couple of thousand to make or for the Thai military.

    The Thai military seized power in 2014 (led by the current PM) using the excuse that the then elected government were unable to govern due to protesters – that should NEVER be an excuse, and NO government should let it become one.

    … and it’s certainly not a choice for the West to make using military force, having roundly stuffed things up for the foreseeable future first in the Middle East by getting rid of a very unpleasant but very effective dictator in a totally secular country with zero terrorists and replacing it with civil war and religious extremism, then in Asia where the Western military got it’s arse well and truly kicked by a bunch of poorly equipped religious nutters in pyjamas and flip flops.

    The choice is for the Thais to make: not the West, not you (or me) and not the Army – either Thailand’s or anyone else’s.

  10. Toby Andrews

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Apart form all the MPs, the PM was not elected – for anything!
    He holds onto power from persons who were not elected – you stated so yourself, or those that will retain their seats if he is in power.
    One election on his right to power will send his into nothing.

    • Issan John

      Monday, March 1, 2021 at 10:56 pm

      Ummm … I think I just said that, Toby 😮

      Possibly worth pointing out to the few who actually follow Thai politics that this particular group of protesters (REDEM) have minimal support not just from Thais in general but from the rest of the current Thai protest movement who want nothing to do with them – either their politics, which they see as extreme, or their actions on protests which they see as deliberately violent and provocative.

      While the mainstream protests have considerable broad based sympathy, although limited direct support, REDEM are NOT popular at all.

  11. brian mc

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    ping pong bombs? fired like khao san road ping pong show? no wonder the guy had heart failure!

  12. Ian

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 2:40 am

    Ij you spew shit day in day out you low life You protect the dictators on a daily basis I served 12 yrs in the army but why should I justify it to a low life like you who hides in a hut in issan ripping the west and UK to pieces I so wish karma on you your a evil sad spiteful man who when he is proved wrong never replys I am happy that you won’t come back to UK because you couldn’t afford it you’d just be another burden on the British people but you ain’t got long your 91 now according to your words 555 or more lies but 75 ,91 whatever just a sick old horrible person who is despised by 99% of this forum

  13. Issan John

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 11:19 am

    Ian, no-one who “served 12 years in the army” would ever talk about “SA80 machine guns” ?

    Maybe it was the Sally Army, maybe you were serving in the NAAFI, maybe serving Sodexo’s garbage, maybe serving in McD’s, but you weren’t serving in the Army!

    I’ve come across a good few Walts but never one who’s quite this dumb – SA80, even LSW, aren’t “machine guns”!!! ? ? ? ? ?

  14. Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 11:21 am

    WRONG I John. there is a SA80 machine gun. Just google it and pictures come up.
    This variant has a 30 round magazine
    I think you owe Ian an apology.

  15. Ian

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Toby he doesn’t know the word apologise as we know he just talks crap on a daily basis he’s a dad sad old man who is scared of covid and saying anything against the establishment in fear of being thrown out of thailand and then having to come back to the land that he criticises on a daily basis well Thailand we don’t want him never

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