HARDCORE protest guards had flung ping pong bombs and firecrackers at unarmed policemen during last night’s protest that moved from Democracy Monument to the City Pillar Shrine injuring 20 of them, Siam Rath newspaper said today (Feb. 20).
Pol. Col. Krisana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, told reporters at 9.30 p.m. last night that police had been negotiating with the leaders yesterday’s protest, entitled “Count from one to a million to restore power to the people,” till around 7.30 p.m.
However some hardcore protest guards then hurled ping pong bombs and firecrackers at the policemen injuring 20 of them who were taken to Police Hospital for medical treatment.
He added that the police unit did not spray water cannons at protesters and only used their bare hands and shields to control the situation.
They then managed to push the protesters from the front of the Supreme Court to Royal Rattanakosin Hotel and arrested seven to eight of them.
They were taken to the local police station to classify various offenses.
He confirmed that police action yesterday was tactical and that today the protesters would not be allowed to hold a demonstration as the emergency decree is still in effect.
Top and Home Page: Protesters and police face off last night. Photos: Siam Rath
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