POLICE fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters around Din Daeng junction from 3 p.m. onwards today (August 7) after the latter tried to remove containers to head to the First Infantry Regiment base on Vibhavadi Rangsit road where Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s house is located, Siam Rath newspaper said.
Police had placed the containers to block access to the bypass leading to the Din Daeng tunnel which is the main route to reach the military base.
The protesters were heading there from Victory Monument to carry out activities outside this military base.
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Police told protesters to step away from the barrier but they refused to do so which led to the firing of rubber bullets to deter them.
Subsequently the police commander in charge of the operation ordered immediate closure of the traffic at Din Daeng junction.
However protesters continued trying to remove the containers which led to police firing tear gas, after which the protesters retreated from the area.
The clash between police and protesters at Din Daeng junction this afternoon. All photos: Siam Rath