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Rioters vandalize cars, attack police officers in retaliation for teen deaths

PHUKET: Half a dozen police officers have been treated for injuries while a total of 21 vehicles were vandalized by angry rioters last night who had encircled the Thalang Police Station in retaliation for the death of two teenagers yesterday.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 11 October 2015, 08:40AM


The protest and ensuing riot follows a police chase that ended in the death of two teens midday on Saturday.

As the protest began to gain momentum yesterday afternoon, both the Phuket governor and police chief were dispatched to the scene in hopes of quelling the escalating situation. (story here)

But their efforts were to no avail as the crowd and tensions only grew into the night.

By 7pm, the road in front of the police station was closed The Phuket News' breaking news corespondent was trapped on the third floor of the police station with other officers as an angry mob outside proceded to vandalize the police station and police vehicles parked outside.

Rioters broke windows, threw bottles, bricks, rocks, and scorched vehicles using molotov cocktails and fireworks.

By 8.41pm, the mob threatened to burn down the police station, as police called for backup.

In the proceding chaos, windows were broken, and a total of 21 cars were damaged, including nine police cars that had been completely scorched.

Meanwhile, teens reportedly were speeding back and forth on motorbikes, revving their engines loudly.

After midnight, dozens of rioters reportedly attacked a dozen unarmed traffic police who were monitoring the situation near Makro Thalang. From this incident, it is understood that four officers were treated for wounds at Thalang Hospital.

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The crowd finally began to disperse by about 3.30am this morning after a team of about 7 negotiaters from 41 Army Circle in Nakhon Si Thammarat arrived to the scene.

The Phuket News understands that the protesters and rioters agreed to disperse under the understanding that if they did not, a much larger force from Nakhon Si Thammarat would be dispatched. 

But as the protesters were dispersing, more officers were attacked about 300 meters from the police station, at the Ban Kien junction near Thalang junction.

According to eyewitnesses, someone from the crowd yelled out that officers were attacking residents at the traffic junction, but as a crowd mobilized to the junction, they only found police officers attempting to flee.

As a result of the incident, two more officers were transported to Thalang Hospital and treated for minor injuries, The Phuket News has learned.

Meanwhile, an emergency meeting between police, army and villagers is scheduled at Thalang's Ban Don sub district at 9am this morning.  

At Phuket airport no flights were delayed or canceled but dozens of passengers were reported to have checked in late or declared "No Show" by airlines. 

 

 

 

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Foot | 14 October 2015 - 12:15:40

TO marcher & christysweet.  Where was it reported that the police hit the motorbike?

marcher | 12 October 2015 - 11:21:23

Seems the original report was wrong and that the chasing police car crashed into the teens bike which killed them, Totally different view

christysweet | 11 October 2015 - 23:08:34

Seems the official consensus is the police deliberately hit the motorcycle, I concur from the video seen and the parents are to be given 100,000 baht compensation. While I  don't condone damages to property, I am glad the police have been forced to review the officer's behavior in causing these deaths. 

jogi | 11 October 2015 - 19:24:18

they got what they bargain for by fleeing from police. if a criminal get killed, in any country incl. Thailand there will be one less, never one short. no money should be pay to family.

BigA | 11 October 2015 - 15:25:26

The police did there job,there parents not!So why all this riots.Get those involved to pay for the damage!

Horst

edward partridge | 11 October 2015 - 12:16:09

another nail in the delapidated coffin..more adverse international news.

christysweet | 11 October 2015 - 11:45:55

I wanted to riot at this police station from the unfair practices and borderline incompetency encountered trying to make a police report. Instead,I called my embassy and in a matter of minutes the officers were compelled to act responsibly. Thai citizens with no such option have my understanding.

marcher | 11 October 2015 - 10:10:44

How come that rioters were allowed to do so much damage over, presumably, nearly 12 hours? The police should have cleared them away right at the start instead of hiding in the station until things got out of hand. At that stage police and army reinforcements should have been called in as back up to disperse the mob. It appears thaat there should have not been a viscious mobin the first place as it...

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