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19 protest guards arrested for removing barbed wire from public street

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19 volunteer guards associated with the pro-democracy protests were arrested last night for allegedly stealing government property after they removed barbed wire that was partially blocking a pedestrian bridge in Bangkok’s Phaya Thai district. The barbed wire may have been left behind by authorities after protests in October.

The guards, known as WeVo, meaning “We Volunteer,” are associated with the pro-democracy movement. A group of around 200 pro-democracy protesters gathered in front of Phaya Thai police station following the arrests chanting “release our friends.”

The guards say they removed the barbed wire after reports from locals saying the wire fences troubled pedestrians who were trying to cross the bridge over the Uruphong intersection. Locals tried contacting the police to have the barbed wire removed before contacting the WeVo guards, according to WeVo guard leader Piyarat “Toto” Chongthep.

“We also made the announcements on our social media channels to seek the owner of the wires but there was no response. Therefore we decided to come forward and collect them.”

Police arrived at the scene as the guards were collecting the barbed wire. Metro Police Bureau deputy commissioner Attawit Saiseub says officers asked the guards to stop and leave the barbed wire along the side of the road, but the guards refused and continued to remove the wire.

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SOURCE: Pattaya News

 

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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