Metropolitan Police Bureau to press charges against six groups of protesters over Saturday’s protest, including attempted murder

Bangkok –

The Thai Metropolitan Police Bureau is planning to press charges against six groups of REDEM pro-democracy demonstrators following their anti-government movements at the Bangkok Criminal Court last Saturday, March 6th.

Police Major General Piya Tawichai, the deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, told reporters today, March 9th, that six groups of pro-democracy protesters were wanted by the Bangkok police for several charges, including violating the Emergency Decree and Disease Control Act, escaping arrest, and attempted murder.

The first group was 18 Wevo protest guards, including guard leader Piyarat “Toto” Chongthep, who as arrested at Major Cineplex Ratchayothin yesterday and is currently detained with no bail. They were reportedly facing four major charges, including violating the Emergency Decree and Disease Control Act to prevent the spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus.

The second group was a group of accused protesters who had managed to escape official arrest. They were facing similar charges as the first group and one more for reportedly fleeing the official arrest.

The third group was a group of people, possibly guards and protesters according to the police, who damaged police buses carrying people detained and helped the detained escape during a protest. They would be charged for helping the arrested escape, obstructing police duty, and damaging government property.

The fourth group was a group of demonstrators who allegedly destroyed, burned, and climbed the fence of the Criminal Court, as well as putting pro-democracy signs and banners in front of government property (the portrait of His Majesty the King). The act was considered as an offense of invading the government building at night, according to the deputy commissioner. The group would also be further examined whether such action was considered an offense under Section 112 or not.

The fifth group was a group of protesters who had persuaded others to violate the Emergency Decree and the Disease Control Act.

The last group was a number of alleged shooters who reportedly shot police officers’ vehicles, including a pickup truck, 2 6-wheelers, and 3 buses. They were facing charges of attempted murder against police officers while they were on duty.

Regarding today’s protest at the Criminal Court, Police Major General Piya reminded the public that any large gatherings remain illegal during the implementation of the Emergency Decree in Thailand. However, the police force will be deployed at all protest sites to maintain peace and order and to prevent any act of violence in public, according to him.

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