Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) announced their overview of the pro-democracy protest, organized by the “Thalu Fah” movement, yesterday, August 11th.
MPB Deputy Commissioner Piya Tawichai reported that at the start of the protest, a group of protesters were seen burning objects on the street at the Victory Monument. Police officers stationed in the area, therefore, approached the group to maintain peace and order. They claimed the burning act violated multiple laws.
Throughout the protest, protesters were reportedly throwing objects, such as water bottles, rocks, giant firecrackers, fireworks, etc. at police forces. Despite the fact that the demonstration was called off by the organizer, some of the remaining protesters continued to gather and attempt to break through the police barriers and destroy government properties.
The confrontation between both parties remained tense and lasted until midnight, which also passed the curfew hours and violated the CCSA’s restrictions to prevent the Covid-19 spread.
A total of 8 police officers were injured, the deputy commissioner stated. Most of them were injured by the firecrackers being reportedly thrown by the protesters. Two other police officers who were not involved in the crowd control were also reportedly attacked by a group of demonstrators while returning to their accommodation.
According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), at least 17 participants were arrested and detained for two nights at the police station before requesting detention from the Court on Friday. At least one teenager was also arrested.
The arrested would be initially charged for an illegal gathering of 10 people or more to cause unrest in the country, harming officers while performing their duties, arson, and causing the loss of property. Offenses against the Emergency Decree, the Communicable Disease Control Act, the Road Traffic Act would be made as well, Piya added.
Protesters, meanwhile, claimed the police were overly aggressive, using tear gas and rubber bullets without much concern or care. This included reportedly pulling protesters off their motorbikes, baiting protesters into arrests, and other tactics that protesters claimed were inappropriate.
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