Three protesters were arrested while a police commander was shot during a confrontation during a pro-democracy protest at Sam Liam Din Daeng junction yesterday, August 15th.
Police Major General Piya Tawichai, the Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB), gave a recap of the situation of the “car mob” protests in several areas of Bangkok yesterday in that six major groups of “carpark” protesters had gathered since 1:00 PM. in the inner areas of Bangkok, including the business district of Ratchaprasong Intersection and Democracy Monument, before calling off the demonstrations at around 6:00 PM.
However, a smaller group of protesters moved to Sam Liam Din Daeng junction and reportedly tried to dismantle the police barricades. They were, according to police, throwing fireworks, firecrackers, and handmade bombs at the officials. The authorities, therefore, had to take control of the situation and maintain peace and order, which ended in the confrontation between both parties.
Three young protesters, whose ages were reportedly between 16-17 years old, were arrested with a knife and a pistol with ammunition while they were reportedly heading to Pathumwan Intersection. All of them were taken to Pathumwan Police Station for further investigation. Due to being juveniles, their names were withheld by law enforcement.
Many crowd control police were reportedly injured from explosions and debris during the clash, Piya stated. One of them included Police Major General Assavayuth Nuchpoom, acting commander of the second division of Metropolitan Police, who was reportedly shot on his right leg at the junction by an unknown projectile and weapon.
MPB Chief Phukphong Phongpetra further stated that the police would tighten its measures and guidelines to prevent the occurrence of violent incidents and protect public assets by deploying their forces with self-defense equipment and a rapid police force at Covid-19 health screening checkpoints.
Bangkok Police continue to warn that all rallies and assemblies are illegal currently in Bangkok due to Covid-19 rules and claim that their presence at events is not to stop people from expressing their opinion or politics but due to wanting to stop the spread of Covid-19.
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