Pro-democracy demonstrators gathered at the Ratchaprasong intersection in the business district of Bangkok yesterday evening, February 23rd, to stage an ‘Elephant Ticket’ protest against an alleged Thai police corruption scandal.
The protest was organized by the so-called ‘Anonymous Party’ and started at around 5:00 PM. It mainly targeted alleged corruption in the promotion system for senior police officers called ‘Elephant Tickets’.
The ticket was an alleged confidential paper that was allegedly used to buy and sell senior police positions, controversially exposed by Move Forward MP Rangsiman Rome during a no-confidence motion at the Parliament last week.
As of 7:30 PM, a large group of demonstrators marched from the Ratchaprasong intersection to the Royal Thai Police Headquarters.
Throughout the evening, protesters condemned the Thai police’s seniority and hierarchical systems through their speeches, banners, and artworks. They also sent out copies of documents to crowd control police who were deployed at the scene, urging them and other low-ranking police officers to stand against alleged corruption and persist in the ideology of police to protect the people. The Thai police, meanwhile officially deny the so-called elephant ticket exists.
They also demanded the bail release of four prominent leaders, namely Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Arnon Nampa, Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, and Patiwat “Bank” Saraiyam, who have been charged with Section 112 or Lese Majeste charges and sedition over a two-day pro-democracy demonstration in September last year.
Protest leaders announced the end of the demonstration at around 8:30 PM. The overall atmosphere of yesterday’s protest remained peaceful throughout three hours.
Photo Courtesy: Prachatai
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