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Injuries and arrests as Bangkok protests turn violent

Maya Taylor

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Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police in Bangkok yesterday, leading to injuries and arrests as activists attempted to reach the residence of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. At least 33 people were injured, including 23 police officers. The clashes happened in front of 1st Infantry Regiment barracks, King’s Guard on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road and involved around 1,500 activists from REDEM (Restart Democracy), part of the Free Youth group. The group has been protesting against the government and calling for reform of the monarchy since protests began in July of last year.

Yesterday, the Metropolitan Police Bureau deployed over 2,000 riot police, with barricades erected to prevent protesters reaching the PM’s home. The Bangkok Post reports that at around 6.30pm, activists clashed with police. Officers deployed tear gas and water cannon and allegedly used rubber bullets as protesters threw objects their way.

Piya Tawichai from the MPB has denied that police used tear gas or water cannon, accusing protesters of instigating violence by using weapons and vandalising government property. Thai PBS World reports that yesterday’s demonstration was the most violent anti-government protest in recent weeks. Protesters’ demands include the PM’s resignation and reform of the monarchy.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | Thai PBS World

 

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11 Comments

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    23 police injured and 10 protesters?
    Yet the Police wear helmets, face shields, body protection and hold shields!
    According to the Bangkok post they fired rubbers bullets.
    This does not make sense.

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    Dreamon

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    dictatorship doesn’t make sense at all, they are lying on everything.

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    Ian

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    Just look at Myanmar this all region is toxic with dictators it’s sickening the world needs to help these defenceless people

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    Jim kelly

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    KEEP UP THE 3 X FINGER SALUTE AND ‘BRING IT ON’ IN YOUR MASSES!!!

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Why does it “not make sense”, Toby?

    Rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon, if used, are intended and designed specifically to briefly incapacitate and to avoid or minimise any injuries.

    Kerb stones, paving slabs, ping pong bombs, etc, are intended to cause injury – the complete opposite.

    That’s not taking sides, BTW, Toby, it’s just how it is with most protests. Unless the police or security forces use excessive force or do their job badly they’ll nearly always end up with more injuries. Here, fortunately, it was a small crowd of protesters in a very open area so direct injuries on both sides were relatively minor.

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    Ian

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    I’m where the fuck do you get kerb stones paving slabs from ,have you ever tried to throw one if your the world’s strongest man yes these are small Thai guys and girls give it a break with your constant lies and support for this dictatorship you make me sick on a daily basis with your arse licking to the establishment what’s problem scared of coming back to uk and living like a pauper here as well you’ll find things aren’t as cheap as 30 yrs ago you will prob get another wooden shed with your baht you have left 555

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 12:55 am

      Ian, next time you meet someone who’s actually been in the police or the Army (pretty well anyone’s Army or police will do) and who’s done this sort of thing, ask them how protesters get anything to throw.

      … and if you think Bangkok’s pavements are in such perfect condition that there are no broken paving slabs or kerb stones around, you must have spent as much time in Bangkok as you did in the Army.

      Whatever you do though, don’t mention your “SA80 machine guns” unless you want to give yourself away for the sad, walting, never-served bluffer you are.

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    Ian

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 2:28 am

    Ij that is the weapon I used Andcyes I had comrades who had served in northern Ireland so go fuck yourself you know nothing as we all see each day as for you well you stick in the hut away from the real world and keep bleeping the crap you do each day you tell me how far a normal person can throw a slab or a kerbstone tbats what you quoted not stones or bricks but even they arent a match for guns and full body armour I say again Thailand the western people are with you and Myanmar we just need our leaders to grow a pair and stop these atrocities NOW . Please dont reply anymore i know you like the last word but its always shit and fake and bollocks

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    John is My Biggest Fan

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 6:23 am

    Isaac John, kerb stones and paving slabs are intended for the construction of pavements. They are sometimes used by protesters as projectiles.

    Tear gas and rubber bullets are intended to disperse crowds which they are very effective at doing on account of the serious injury they can cause.

    Just a few grams of tear gas can make a persons eyes water, nose run, throat to dry up and causes a great deal of pain – I know from experience.

    Rubber bullets are rubber coated metal bullets – they can cause permanent injury, blindness and death. I know this from experience.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Sorry, JiMBF, but that’s simply wrong.

    “rubber bullets are” NOT “intended to disperse crowds”.

    … and they’re NOT “very effective at doing that” but the complete opposite.

    They’re very INEFFECTIVE as they incapacitate, knock people over, and STOP those hit from going away.

    Instead of those around those hit “dispersing”as they would from tear gas, water cannon, etc, they try to carry / help them away, so the whole process is slowed down.

    It’s the complete opposite to “effective”.

    That’s NOT what they’re designed for nor how they’re intended to be used.

    Tear gas, water cannon, and certain munitions such as rubber balls and pepper balls ARE “intended to disperse crowds” but “rubber bullets” are NOT.

    They’re designed to temporarily incapacitate, to knock someone down or knock them over, or to hurt them, short term, so that they CAN’T get away but they can be arrested.

    If you want to disperse a crowd, the last thing you want to do is make any of them unable to move, or make them hang around to help or carry those unable to move.

    I’m not defending the use of rubber bullets to “disperse crowds” – on the contrary, I’m the first to condemn it if (IF) it happens as it’s simply wrong, contrary to international codes of practice, and contrary to what all security forces I’m aware of are taught.

    It’s simply counter-productive – people can’t “disperse” if (IF) they’ve been hit and knocked down by a rubber bullet.

    The point I’m making isn’t that rubber bullets can’t “cause permanent injury, blindness and death”, as they can, but that is NOT what they’re “intended for” – any more than what paving slabs and kerb stones are intended for.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    … and FWIW, JiMBF, far from all “rubber bullets” are “rubber coated metal bullets” – some are, some aren’t.

    … and while I agree that “they can cause permanent injury, blindness and death” I doubt you “know this from experience”, although it’s possible.

    In Northern Ireland, British Security Forces fired over 125,000 “rubber bullets” (most actually plastic) which killed 17 people, including 8 children.

    That’s 17 too many, but I doubt you knew any of them or any killed anywhere else.

    … and while it’s true that “a few grams of tear gas can make a persons eyes water, nose run, and causes a great deal of pain”, it does NOT “make your throat to dry up”.

    That’s an urban myth. Sorry. It’s rubbish.

    It makes your throat burn, but does NOT make it “dry up” until, if it happens, hours or days later.

    It’s not in the same league, though, as Ian’s “SA80 machine gun” which he says is “the weapon [he] used during his “12 years service”.

    There’s no such “weapon” – it doesn’t exist, apart from in the fantasies of a few Walts and wannabees; the nearest to it would be the LSW, but nobody who was ever in the Army would call that a “machine gun” because it isn’t.

    Weird ?

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