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3 arrests in Bangkok as activists gather at Burmese Embassy to protest military coup

Maya Taylor

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Police have clashed with Thai and Burmese activists outside the Embassy of Myanmar in Bangkok yesterday. Activists from the We Volunteer (WeVo) group had gathered to protest against yesterday’s military coup in Myanmar, in which a number of government officials were arrested and are still being detained.

The protesters, who began assembling around 3.30pm, gave speeches in Thai and Burmese, opposing the coup. They were joined by pro-democracy leaders Parit Chiwarak, aka “Penguin”, and Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul (“Rung”). Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit from the Move Forward party was also present and called on the Thai government to take a lead role in restoring peace and democracy to the Burmese people.

Police ordered protesters to disperse around 4pm, accusing them of exceeding the agreed timeframe of 30 minutes and citing concerns over the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The request was ignored by activists, with riot police subsequently dispatched to the area around 5pm.

WeVo guards and others on the frontline at the embassy on Sathorn Road confronted the officers, with some throwing stones at the police, but they were forced back to the Chong Nonsri BTS station. The sound of an explosion, similar to a firecracker, was heard during the clashes, followed by plumes of smoke.

The protesters were cleared by 5.40pm, with police closing off the route between the Burmese Embassy and the Sathorn-Narathiwat Intersection. At least 3 people have been arrested, with 3 injured police officers taken to hospital for treatment.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand | The Pattaya News

 

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    Stardust

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    USA,Europe,UN and the rest of the civilized world will take actions if they will solve it. Thailand will be monitored if they not have a stand against the criminal act of a coup. European Union, USA and the UN is already in contact with the Asean comunity and in line on this matter. So Thailand will stand alone against the world and the superpowers and will be a big looser and could be punished bad like Myanmar because there are agreements and charters to be a member of the UN. And they prepare already the Sanctions if it will be solved including against all countries who break the sanctions against the Myanmar Army. So who choose to be on the criminals side will end up like North Korea with no future!

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    Niko

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    North korea?? Are you saying that myanmar will have ICBMs and nuclear weapons? that certainly will make them have a future. Besides the UN has nothing to do with internal affairs it is only supposed to deal with international disputes. Sanctions? So making the people poorer will solve the problem?

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    Gosport

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Where are your three fingers? Go home to make salad for the family, if having extra time, brush up your math. At least when you show your three fingers, you can be sure they are the three fingers. Get rid of the mobile phones, Instagram won’t polish your feelings of well-being.

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    James Pate

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 5:46 am

    Interesting to see the Thai and Burmese protesters teaming up. Looking forward to seeing how this develops.

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