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Police arrest protesters yesterday including naked woman

Neill Fronde

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PHOTO: Police arrested a naked protester yesterday. (via Twitter pruksakasemsuk)

Anti-government protests have escalated in recent weeks and have begun to resemble a Hollywood movie, full of conflict and drama and explosions, and now… nudity? Among the arrests and charges of protesters stemming from yesterday’s demonstrations at Nang Lerng intersection orchestrated by the Talufah group, police say one woman faces charges of indecent exposure for stripping naked in protest.

The woman known as Pa Pao disrobed in the middle of the demonstration and said her naked protest was meant to highlight the mistreatment of protestor by police and prosecutors. She could be charged up to 5,000 baht for exposing herself in public according to the Criminal Code.

9 more protesters were arrested as they tried to get through a barricade guarded by razor wire in order to get to Government House. They fought with anti-riot police, adamant in their goal of reaching the building and demanding the resignation of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha along with reform for the monarchy and a new constitution written by the Thai citizens.

Meanwhile, protesters were accused of rampaging in a separate demonstration by the more hardcore Talugas group later in the evening yesterday. Protesters in Din Daeng had been using firecrackers, flares, slingshots, and pipe bombs to battle the police forces using rubber bullets and tear gas. But yesterday they were seen to be throwing Molotov cocktails at police and fire damage to property in the area was extensive. 2 police cars were fully burned out while 6 more sustained some level of fire damage.

The deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau said that after consulting with other law enforcement agencies, police will escalate legal punishments to deal with more violent protesters.

Of the 878 protesters on the police’s most wanted list, 633 have been arrested already. They expect protests to continue at both Din Daeng and Nang Lerng and plan to push back on them with more arrests expected.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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