LOTS of high school students were badly stung after security forces fired a tear gas solution at People’s Party protesters when three rounds of water cannons failed to stop them from trying to break through a barrier near the Parliament this afternoon (Nov. 17), Amarin TV reported.
With the joint session of Parliament deliberating constitution amendment drafts today, People’s Party protesters, led by Ms. Chonthicha Jangraew, or Look Ket, one of the Free Youth group leaders, marched to Kiak Kai intersection where a barricade was set up to maintain security within 50-metre radius of the Parliament.
The protesters intended to block the Parliament by land, river and air and brought inflatable duck dinghies along with them.
Pol. Col. Krisana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, who had changed to the crowd control uniform, negotiated with the protesters at 3.10 p.m.
However he said the protesters continued trying to break the barrier, firing firecrackers at the police to obscure their vision.
Police manning this barricade first fired three rounds of ordinary water cannons but in the fourth round tear gas too was mixed in and fired.
It was reported that the security forces are prepared to fire both tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters.
After the firing of the tear gas solution lots of high school students who were affected by it were given first aid by Dr. Tossaporn Serirak, or Dr. Tos.
The clash between police and protesters near the Parliament this afternoon. Photos: Amarin TV