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Firecracker blast scares protesters near station

THERE was a slight chaos at a rally near MRT Tha Phra station after a single firecracker blast was heard by the protesters at 5.53 p.m. today (Nov. 2) but no one got injured, Amarin TV reported.

Vocational students attending the rally, called by people’s network at 4 p.m. today, quickly ran to search for the source of the sound which seemed to have come from the skywalk.

They later found that two firecracker balls had been thrown down from the skywalk but only one exploded.

Meanwhile the Human Rights Attorney Centre announced via its Facebook page at 5 p.m. today that the criminal court has dismissed a petition to extend the detention of four protest leaders pointing out that they had already been detained for almost 20 days.

The four prominent protesters being freed this evening are Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, Ekachai Hongkangwan, Suranat Panprasert and lawyer Anon Nampa.

Ekachai and Mr. Boonkueanoon Paothong, also a political activist, were arrested on charges of intending to harm Her Majesty the Queen’s liberty during the demonstration on Oct. 14.

Meanwhile Anon is being prosecuted on two cases with one being giving speeches during demonstrations at Thammasat University, Tha Prachan campus, and Sanam Luang ground during September 19-20, and installing a copy of Khana Rasadorn plaque at Sanam Luang on Sept. 20.


Top: The unexploded firecracker ball. Thai headline says, “Dark hand causes chaos at Tha Phra.” Photo: Amarin TV



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