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Police threaten protesters with legal action following Tuesday’s Parliament rally

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The Metropolitan Police Bureau is threatening to charge activists involved in Tuesday’s rally outside the Parliament building in Bangkok. At least 55 people were injured when violence broke out between rival protest groups and police. Piya Tawichai, from the MPB, says that, of the 4 groups outside the building, only 3 had applied for permission to hold a rally, including a small group of Royalist parading in yellow shirts earlier in the day.

“Those who came to rally without obtaining prior permission were deemed to have assembled illegally.”

Anti-government activists clashed with yellow-shirt pro-establishment protesters after tearing down police barriers made from concrete blocks and razor wire on Thanan Road. Both groups hurled objects at each other until they were separated by a metal fence erected by riot police. Piya says the yellow-shirt protesters had been granted permission to gather, and that, while officers were unable to keep the peace, they did their best to keep the 2 groups apart.

“Officers finally retreated as their operations came under increasing pressure.”

The MPB says a number of police vehicles, including 3 water cannon trucks, 2 water trucks, a 10 wheeler truck and a prisoner transport van, were damaged by protesters, mostly graffiti.

In response to the Erawan Medical Centre saying it treated 6 people who had been shot, he insists officers did not use rubber bullets or live ammunition. Police say violence broke out around 8.15pm near Thahan Road, with a yellow-shirt protester and an anti-government activist being shot.

The Bangkok Post reports that several bullets were also found near the Kiakkai intersection, with bullet holes seen in nearby trees and in the road surface. Kasidit Muktanant, a 35 year old royalist, was arrested for carrying a gun and ammunition at the protest site.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Fabian

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Brilliant idea to sue the protesters. As long as the police serves as obedient puppets of the dictator they are part of the problem and nothing will be solved. And suing the protesters is just going to make them more angry.

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      Galaxy

      Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      Absolutely right!

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    Ameila Leary

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Law forces appear to be the Thai Dictator’s marionette, behaving in a manner that their master wishes. Burring down people’s voices and seizing their rights, carrying out violence against them for their own benefit and remaining in power, and now threatening them to shut down the protestors.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7:05 pm

      I’m not sure what happens wherever you are, but everywhere I’ve been the police tend to do what the government tell them.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Seems like the Thai government will follow the China Model. It worked for the Communist Party, it will work for Thailand . The students should be careful , as patience is not the Monarchy strong suit!

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