Connect with us

Protests

Police break up Bangkok protest with high-power water cannons, more protests planned today

Thaiger

Published 

 on 

PHOTOS: Free Youth Movement

The latest round of protests took a violent turn last night when more than 400 police resorted to aiming high-powered water cannons directly at the students who were assembled in an otherwise peaceful display of unity. The protesters, mostly secondary and tertiary students, and young Thai adults, continued their demands for the release of their fellow protesters who had been arrested in the past days, as well as continuing to hammer home their demands for a change of government and constitutional reform.

The protesters held fast, brandishing the 3 finger salute, and yelled at police to stop harassing them.

It was an end to the third straight day of protests that are now growing in number, with the students showing that they’re prepared to also grow in resolve. The messy end to last night’s protest came around 8pm when riot police, and hundreds of unarmed support police, challenged the protest frontline at the Pathumwan intersection and moved forward with shields and batons, and a back up of high-powered water cannons aiming blue water and knocking over the protesters in their way, whose only weapon were flimsy umbrellas.

Police break up Bangkok protest with high-power water cannons, more protests planned today | News by Thaiger

Many of the protesters complained that the blue water stung their eyes.

As protest leaders called an end to the evening’s protest, another protest was announced for today at a location yet to be announced.

Last night’s fracas was live streamed by hundreds of people, despite police threatening attending media not to take photos or video any of the events taking place. Streaming numbers on some of the feeds have already reached 500,000+

Some protesters, angered by the intervention, chased police, throwing anything they could find at them, screaming at them to “stop harassing usโ€.

There have been reports of up to 6 police being injured during the confrontation. Protest leaders say that 13 of the demonstrators have been injured. There has been no announcement of the number of protesters being arrested at this stage.

Bangkok is under a State of Emergency which prevents, among other things, the assembly of more than 5 people in one place. Today the Thai PM announced that the State of Emergency would last at least one month.

Police break up Bangkok protest with high-power water cannons, more protests planned today | News by Thaiger Police break up Bangkok protest with high-power water cannons, more protests planned today | News by Thaiger Police break up Bangkok protest with high-power water cannons, more protests planned today | News by Thaiger

 

Want more from the Thaiger family?

๐Ÿ“ฑ Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
๐Ÿ“ง Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
๐Ÿ‘ Like/Follow us on Facebook
๐Ÿ”” Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. Avatar

    rr

    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    Don’t let the protest fade!

    • Avatar

      Robert K Choate

      Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 9:35 am

      First as Students your supposed to be smart and you should have known this was coming.
      Your asking for to much, now if you lower your expiation we’re lowering just a little you might acomplish some real important change.
      Go after graft, people taking advantage of the entire country scamming tax dollars for their gain. Citizens will back you from all over the country.
      Go after the former heads of Thai Airlines everyone profited but the people of Thailand.
      Don’t fight the Government get them to help you protest once a week over matters like this and change will come slowly but surely and then your really helping all of Thailand.
      Right now the farmers in Northern Thailand are thinking your wrong doing all of this protesting get them on your side.

      • Avatar

        Issan John

        Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 4:03 pm

        Really?

        They support Tu, and the yellow shirts?

        Not so sure about that …..

      • Avatar

        Jim

        Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 7:59 pm

        Dude. You’re and your. Learn the difference, please.

        • Avatar

          Luke

          Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 12:09 am

          To and too as well

  2. Avatar

    Jowen

    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    Here we go again… So similar about the corruption in Hong Kong ?? Be safe Thailand ??

    • Avatar

      Issan John

      Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 1:41 am

      “the corruption in Hong Kong” ?????

      The protests in Hong Kong had nothing to do with ‘corruption”.

      Unbelievable.

    • Avatar

      Eddie

      Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 7:23 am

      Exactly. We protest because of tge influence of China and the extradition bill. Not corruption.

  3. Avatar

    Fabian

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 2:03 am

    The Thai police officer operating that night are a bunch of cowards who chose the wrong side of a heartless dictator. Even elderly and children got detained. I really hope that Prayut is going to pay for this.

    • Avatar

      Issan John

      Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 4:21 pm

      I think the police, at least so far, are showing considerable restraint and tolerance, if not sympathy, compared to similar previous protests both in Thailand and elsewhere.

      The one thing the protesters shouldn’t do is take out their frustrations on the police who are in a thankless position whatever they do, and so far I think both sides on the ground have had the sense to realise that.

  4. Avatar

    albert zweistein

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 3:12 am

    ” Despite police threatening attending media not to take photos or video any of the events ” Kim Jung Un style ?

  5. Avatar

    Tony Grace

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 3:46 am

    Just spoke to a friend in Chang Mai saw somet very unusual to night .The old lady that sells the buns on the street by bar that we use when I visit a very plesant lady always frindely and happy smile poped in to see what was happening in Bangkok water cannon and tear gas been deployed at the people.she shouted at the tv to the police I swerve I saw fire in her eyes he said, This maรฑs time is up she muttered when leaving he asked a bar lady what she was muttering about

  6. Avatar

    James Pate

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 4:34 am

    Oh crap! Things just escalated! I had really hoped no one would get hurt. Perhaps it would be wise for everyone (all sides) to just take one step back for awhile.

  7. Avatar

    Freedom Lover

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 6:35 am

    Down with Dictatorship! Restore Democrcy! Abolish the M——y!

  8. Avatar

    brian

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Banning the future forward party was a big mistake, and the PM has the nerve to claim he’s done nothing wrong

  9. Avatar

    Gosport

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Very positive and determined action to snap the riots which will cause the upheaval of society or I Can Breathe division in society. These rioters use pandemic to create fears because of economic losses of the containment of the virus. Poor pupils! think with your own brain!

    • Avatar

      Fabian

      Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 9:47 am

      Thinking with their own brains… that’s exactly what they do. You could from them.

    • Avatar

      Issan John

      Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 4:09 pm

      Their movement has covered too many issues, from democracy to the monarchy, from LGBT to women’s rights, but the one thing that hasn’t even had a mention has been the pandemic and any economic losses from its containment.

      That, quite rightly, isn’t an issue.

  10. Avatar

    Geoff

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 8:49 am

    The vast majority of last night’s crowds were young, mainly males. Students or not, I don’t know, but they are going to need a more representative cross section of society in order to get anywhere. If the mothers, fathers and grandparents don’t bother, then this will go nowhere.

    • Avatar

      Issan John

      Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 4:15 pm

      Actually no shortage of women and girls, too, including the leaders.

      It’s horses for courses, though – at the moment this is primarily a student-based movement, but that’s probably as much due to the stage it’s at as much as anything else.

    • Avatar

      Luke

      Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 12:13 am

      BBC News – How many people does it take to oust a political leader?
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-54142487

  11. Avatar

    Elisha

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Not necessarily Geoff. The young people are the ones whose futures appear to them as most affected by current repressive government forces. Education will be diminished into pure indoctrination and future hopes ruined if there’s no democracy in society. Other historic examples show that movements broaden with time. Take the case of Women Sufragettes in England a century ago. They won the case and wider society came to support the cause. Nowadays, if anyone said women shouldn’t be allowed to vote, people would laugh in their face. or dismiss them as idiots unworthy of comment. Still it started from a small group with courage.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Bangkok. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

1,000 to 6,000-patient field hospital opened at IMPACT complex

Neill Fronde

Published

on

FILE PHOTO: IMPACT exhibition centre has opened a huge field hospital.

IMPACT Muang Thong Thani exhibition centre in Nonthaburi has just opened as a massive field hospital that will be supervised by the Public Health Ministry. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, and Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda were all in attendance for the launch yesterday.

Situated in the northern suburb of Bangkok, the huge commercial complex has ample space in a variety of buildings. IMPACT Muang Thong Thani houses on its grounds multiple exhibition halls, a convention centre, and an arena.

Operating under the name Bussarakham Hospital, the huge venues of IMPACT can currently hold 1,092 patients in its initial opening, but if needed there is room to expand to a max capacity of 4000 to 6,000 people. The public and private health sector collaborated to build and maintain the Covid-19 emergency overflow facility.

So-called yellow-coded Covid-19 patients, those who have slight to severe symptoms, will be the primary patients treated at the IMPACT field hospital. Emergency medical equipment like respirators are on hand in the event of a patient’s condition worsening suddenly though. The hospital will employ a total medical staff of 780 people. 260 medical staff members will be on duty at any given time, working 3 shifts divided between the staff.

The IMPACT field hospital was set up in just one week with the help of all the involved partners. The Public Health Minister touted the success of the project, saying that it is set up to care for patients physical and mental needs with comfort.

“Apart from the treatment zone, the hospital also provides a relaxing zone where patients can stay watching movies and exercise under good ventilation all around the area while staying socially distanced.โ€

Anutin also made a point to reassure area residents that converting IMPACT into a field hospital will not interrupt or negatively affect the local community.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

Want more from the Thaiger family?

๐Ÿ“ฑ Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
๐Ÿ“ง Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
๐Ÿ‘ Like/Follow us on Facebook
๐Ÿ”” Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Continue Reading

Crime

Man charged with rape of 36 women in Bangkok area

Neill Fronde

Published

on

FILE PHOTO: Denphum Wattanachotipinyo has been charges with rape with more than 36 victims.

A serial rapist with complaints from 36 female victims from the end of 2020 until the beginning of this month has officially been charged with rape. Mr Denphum Wattanachotipinyo committed rape, theft, fraud, and deception in the Bangkok area and was arrested Wednesday in Sai Mai. He is 39 years old and is believed to be from Nontha Buri.

Thonburi Court issued a warrant for his arrest on May 4, and he was arrested on May 11 with coordination by the Commander of the Crime Suppression Division of the Royal Thai Police after escaping capture for several days. After appearing in court in Bangkok, he is now in Thonburi Prison for the rape charges. An extension was granted for police to hold him in until May 24 as evidence is gathered and charges are formalized.

Police requested that bail be denied as they worry Denphum may interfere with witnesses and is a flight risk considering the seriousness and the violent nature of his charges. During his imprisonment, police will review five other testimonies and take statements from any more witnesses. They will also examine medical reports for the first woman who reported a rape to the Bang Khun Thian Police Station in Bangkok on May 2 that launched the probe that brought down Denphum.

Two women have testified with similar details, alleging that they were victims of violent rape in his luxury condo in the Sathorn area of Bangkok, one on February 8 and one on May 1. Both say they were held at knifepoint with their lives threatened after being forced to take crystal meth. They came to his room under the promise of paid work. Many of the victims stated that they were robbed or forced to give Denphum money in addition to the brutal rape.

He’s being charged for the rape cases in Bangkok with multiple violations under Sections 276 and 309 of the Criminal Code. Section 276 involves sex with women against their will when they cannot resist. Section 309 involves creating fear of bodily harm or death in women. Each count of the latter can be punishable by up to 5 years in jail, while the rape convictions would carry sentences of between 4 and 20 years.

SOURCE: Thai Examiner

 

Want more from the Thaiger family?

๐Ÿ“ฑ Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
๐Ÿ“ง Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
๐Ÿ‘ Like/Follow us on Facebook
๐Ÿ”” Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Continue Reading

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

506 Covid-19 infections found in Klong Prem Central Prison

Neill Fronde

Published

on

Yet another Bangkok prison has reported a Coronavirus outbreak, as Klong Prem Central Prison now confirmed 506 Covid-19 infections. The Corrections Department deputy director-general Dr Weerakit Harnpariphan confirmed that this outbreak was discovered through active screening, and a lot more testing still needs to be done.

The prison houses a total population of at least 20,000 inmates amongst the many facilities within its compound. Of note, the Central Womenโ€™s Correctional Institution is also on the premise and has recently reported 1,039 Covid-19 infections. The Central Correctional Hospital, Bangkok Special Prison, and the Central Correction Institution for Drug Addicts are also all housed inside, as well as every female prisoner on death row in Thailand.

The Covid-19 cluster was found in zone 4 of the maximum security prison in Chatuchak District, Bangkok. That zone is used for vocational training. The other zones of the prison have yet to be screened, creating fears that there may be a much higher Covid-19 infected population than currently known.

The deputy director-general of the department did confirm that all inmates who tested positive for Covid-19 have been isolated from the general prison population. They are being held in groupings by their condition and the severity of their symptoms.

Officials advised that relatives of prisoners can contact Klong Prem Central Prison to inquire about the condition of an inmate. The prison will only be notifying family members if the infected inmate requests them to make contact.

This prison cluster is one of several making headlines after the Bangkok Remand Prison identified nearly 1,800 covid-19 infections in its prison population. The current outbreak is attracting criticism from humanitarian groups that are calling for sentence commutations and the release of low-risk prisoners to thin the prison populations in Thailand that are already 160,000 inmates over maximum capacity in hopes of controlling the Covid-19 outbreak.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

Want more from the Thaiger family?

๐Ÿ“ฑ Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
๐Ÿ“ง Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
๐Ÿ‘ Like/Follow us on Facebook
๐Ÿ”” Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Continue Reading

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand2 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism3 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism3 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafรฉs in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand โ€˜drug hubโ€™, Covid update | January 13

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Brydeโ€™s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending