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Chaos as anti-government protesters remove police barriers

Chaos as anti-government protesters remove police barriers

BANGKOK: There was chaos in front of Samran Rat police station in Bangkok this morning (Aug 28) as anti-government activists arrived to acknowledge charges stemming from a rally on July 18.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 28 August 2020, 05:31PM


Their supporters removed police barriers and during the ruckus one threw a container of paint that splattered over some officers.

Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpattarasaksa and 14 other activists were summonsed by police to answer charges against them.

They had stayed overnight at the October 14 Memorial at Khok Wua intersection on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue, “Sleeping in camp, not sleeping in prison”.

This morning, they walked from the nearby Democracy Monument to Samran Rat police station to answer the summonses.

More than 100 supporters accompanied them, some carrying banners with the message “Down with dictatorship. Long Live Democracy”, in Thai.

The 15 activists face charges of violating the emergency decree and traffic, cleanliness and disease control laws.

Around 9:45am, chaos erupted as supporters confronted police manning barricades set up to prevent outsiders and reporters from entering the station. 

Angry supporters removed the barriers. Singer-songwriter Chai-amorn Kaewwiboonpan, known as Ammy of the Bottom Blues band, threw a container of blue paint at police, soaking some of them. 

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Mr Chai-armon said, “This is not a threat. If you (authorities) continue to bully us, I will bully you back with a form of art.’”

The supporters forced their way into the station compound, gathering at the bottom of the front entrance stairs as the activists entered the building to acknowledge the charges.

The activists were summonsed for their roles in the Free Youth rally near the Democracy Monument in Bangkok on July 18.

It was the first major political demonstration since the lifting of most COVID-19 restrictions.

Pol Maj Gen Methee Rakphan, commander of the Metropolitan Police Division 6, said later that charges would be laid against demonstrators for removing police barriers.

He also said that after questioning, the 15 summonsed activists would be released. Activists usually elected to reserve their  testimony for the court, he added.

Police investigators would submit their case report to public prosecutors on Sept 16, the division chief said.

 

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Jor12 | 30 August 2020 - 15:43:41

Foot...certainly one of the "bad things" is fully understood to be the Boss case, to which K rightly refers as one case in point. It is also not only the covid situation, but the general ineptide of this authoritarian regime, to which these protesters are addressing.

Kurt | 30 August 2020 - 08:07:36

@ Foot, you are right. In Thai history the Red Bull BOSS affair will be a foot note,seen as confirming country's unfair 'class' law enforcement.
Covid-19 is not only a Thai-, but a global disaster. Many people outside Thailand are worse off than Thai. It is to Government to help their people. Money enough.

Kurt | 30 August 2020 - 07:58:52

J12, ..'they will be charged for failing their statutory duty'...  Hahaha.  Than they have to take place in the waiting room first for 7-8 years. First the Officials ( prosecutors/lying RTP)  in Red Bull 'Boss' case have to be charged. Que at end of the line, please.

Foot | 29 August 2020 - 15:55:20

While the RED BULL BOSS case is an example of many bad things, some who post do not understand the situation.
These protests are coming at a time when many are tired of Thailand's situation. 
COVID-19 has made the poor poorer.  No business. No income.  Much fear.
The resulting protests and reactions to them, could be disastrous for Thailand.
The BOSS would be a minor footnote.

Jor12 | 29 August 2020 - 13:13:56

K...if that is the case as you state, then they will charged for failing to perform their statutory duty. 

Kurt | 29 August 2020 - 11:23:17

Submit 'case' to prosecutors on Sept. 16th. Than, according their protocol ( example RED BULL BOSS case) it will 5 years before prosecutors take action, right? After all this is a minor matter compared with 'BOSS' case. No body wounded or died.

 

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