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More than 20 police injured in clash with protesters in Bangkok

Caitlin Ashworth

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More than 20 police officers were injured in a clash with protesters last night at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument, according to the police’s deputy spokesperson. Youth activists gathered to rally against Thailand’s use of the lèse majesté law which prohibits insults against the royal family under Section 112 of the Criminal Code. Numerous activists calling on monarchy reform have faced lese majeste charges over the past few months. The charge carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

Last night, protesters draped a red cloth over the Democracy Monument, representing the blood of fighters for democracy. Some protesters held handmade shields and wore helmets. Some even wore gas masks. According to Reuters, the activists threw paint at police and small bangs were heard near the city shrine. At least one firecracker exploded, according to spokesperson Kissana Pattanacharoen. Around 7 or 8 people were detained.

In a video by Khaosod English reporters, who heavily cover the protest movement in Bangkok, police in riot gear beat a man on the ground. Khaosod says the man wore medic vest and another emergency responder confirmed that the man is a rescue worker.

The protest follows the arrests 4 prominent protest leaders who face charges for allegedly insulting the Thai Monarchy during rallies last year. Pro-democracy protesters have raised issues and questions considered taboo in Thailand. With the movement growing in popularity, Thai officials started using the lèse majesté law to charge protesters for critical statements.

SOURCE: Reuters

 

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21 Comments

21 Comments

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    Maag

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Peace brothers…

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    Issan John

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Disgraceful reporting by Khaosod, as in his videos elsewhere the “reporter” can be heard telling the protesters what to do to deliberately provoke a reaction from the police – and frequently telling them in English!

    While the protesters may well have valid issues, that isn’t “covering the protest movement in Bangkok”, it’s just appalling reporting of a bunch of hooligans alienating their potential supporters.

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      Michael

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 12:53 pm

      People who protest against a military dictatorship guilty of a lof of bad things including murder and violations of human rights are hot hooligans but freedom fighters.

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        Gosport

        Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 1:17 pm

        Freedom fighters? Oh, man, look around, this is life. There is no such thing called Freedom. Only haves and have nots.

        Young kids, go home, making papaya salad, with extra time, improve math. Let them fight, your future is in your hands.

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        Issan John

        Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 2:03 pm

        That may well be their view too, Michael, but the provincial elections show very clearly that Thai people want them even less than they want the current government.

        However valid their grievances are, their actions have simply alienated people and they’ve played straight into the government’s hands as people are now looking at what they’re doing rather than what they’re saying.

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Now this is more like a protest.
    I am glad to see the protesters are becoming equipped with shields, gas masks, and helmets.
    After all it is not against the law.
    The police have them.
    I don’t think this will alienate their potential supporters. This will encourage their potential supporters.

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      Slugger

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 2:08 pm

      If they want to fight on an equal footing I totally agree. Just dont whine while you’re in custody.

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        Toby Andrews

        Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 5:08 pm

        And the police should not whine when they are hurt, as 20 were this time. They have hurt plenty . . .

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      Issan John

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 2:28 pm

      The numbers, both at the provincial elections and on the streets protesting, very clearly indicate otherwise.

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        Toby Andrews

        Monday, February 15, 2021 at 5:59 pm

        And what numbers were they?

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    Ian

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    The silent majority support them the west supports them, these are brave people to stand against thier government and put thier life’s on the line for FREEDOM something some people on here have given up

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      Issan John

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 4:48 pm

      The “silent majority” had a vote in the recent provincial elections – they clearly DON’T support them.

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    sam

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    The protestors came and were prepared to clash with the police.Peaceful protest was just a gimmick and if it would be carried on in this manner,it would not be different from the days of Red Shirts with violent attacks in the past.”3 fingers salute”activists have lost their way,after Future Forward Party was disbanded for violations of election laws.It had come to pass that they were willing to shed blood for democracy,as depicted in the “Hunger Games” movie. Wonder what banned politician,Thanathorn has to say about the turn of events,as he is their role model ?

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    Jim kelly

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    I kind of think let the Thai economy fall flat on its arse over the next 6 to 8 months and then watch what kicks off…when folk have no jobs or money. This government and it’s King will most definitely NOT help these people. So, let’s see their response when this situation happens. Covid has annihilated Thailand…the WORST IS STILL TO COME!!

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    James R

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    It looks like France nearly every other weekend!

    Protest with your voice, not with missiles as that will alienate you from the majority of people.

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    EdwardV

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Rioting in the streets will definitely deter the eventual return of the Chinese tourist. However, it will have little to no effect on the western ones. Not only will the Chinese themselves not want to visit, they are that risk adverse of travelers . Even so there is no chance whatsoever their government would allow it. Least the people get any funny ideas.

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    Ian

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    It’s obvious you don’t support them ij you sold your soul years ago I wonder what your comments are about the police in riot gear attacking a defenceless medic or you gone quiet all of a sudden your a disgrace to England

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    Kuhn David

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    I fear that Deadly Force will be authorized soon at these protests. The Government has painted itself into a corner. I truly hope that this won’t happen, but it’s inevitable.

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    Danish Twirl

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:12 am

    Blah blah blah. None of you have the courage to go out there yourselves to stand up for what you believe in. Just sit on a chair in front of a computer screen being judgemental.

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    Ian

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:38 am

    BIB should work for the people.

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    Ian

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    If I was in thailand i would be on the front line with them Danish twirl

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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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