At least three people were arrested outside the Embassy of Myanmar in Bangkok during a protest against a military takeover in Myanmar this afternoon, January 1st.
The protest was staged at around 3:00 P.M. by pro-democracy “We Volunteer” activists. Many protesters, including Thai nationals and Burmese migrant workers, had joined the gathering at the embassy.
Protesters started to give speeches in Thai and in Burmese languages to express their displeasure against the military takeover. Two prominent pro-democracy leaders, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak and Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, also arrived at the embassy.
Yannawa police then told the protesters to call off the assembly at around 4:00 PM. The demonstrators remained to gather at the place when a large group of armed riot police was seen marching from the Surasak BTS area to disperse the demonstration about an hour later.
We Volunteer guards and police front-liners had a confrontation at Sathorn road. The demonstrators were pushed back to Chong Nonsri BTS station when a sound to a a firecracker was heard and two clouds of smoke were spotted at the dispersal, resulting in the protesters dispersing immediately.
According to iLaw, Three people, including two citizens and one We Volunteer guard, were captured in front of the embassy. It is not yet known where they will be taken to. Many demonstrators and police were also slightly injured from the dispersal.
The Pattaya News notes that today’s gathering is considered illegal and violated the country’s Emergency Decree to prevent the spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus according to the Thai government.
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