By Thai Newsroom Reporters and Sanook.com
POLICE pushed back a crowd of protesters at Din Daeng intersection this evening (August 10) after a ”car mob” procession of automobiles and motorcycles renewed a street protest in the heart of Bangkok in sustained move to press Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down in the afternoon
After the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration had ended their “car mob” procession at 5 p.m. a clash erupted between a group of protesters and crowd control police at this junction.
By 7.40 p.m. the situation here had calmed down with the protesters deciding to go to the Victory Monument.
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The crowd control police then started to clear this area with some of them heading for the Victory Monument.
A fire had also erupted at a police booth near the Victory Monument with the cause not yet known.
Meanwhile Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, one of the leaders of the Thammasat group posted a video clip of the blaze at the police booth with the following message:
“We don’t want the situation to get any worse. The crowd control police must stop firing at the people and open the way for them to return home. And people who are at the front line should immediately gradually return home. #Mob 10 August.”
Led by the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, the ”car mob” protesters started from Ratchaprasong intersection, proceeded on Sukhumvit road, turned to Asok road where they briefly stopped outside Sino-Thai Tower which locates Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction Plc., owned by the family of Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.
The anti-Prayut protesters repeatedly called on Anutin, who concurrently leads the Bhumjaithai Party to leave the Prayut coalition government in an effort to prompt the premier to resign or dissolve parliament.
The automobile- and motorcycle-riding protesters tooted their horns, gave the three-finger salute along the way and proceeded to Ratchadaphisek area.
Leading today’s anti-Prayut street protest was female political activist Wanwalee ”Tee Phayao” Thammasattaya whereas Free Youth Group leaders Anon Nampa and Parit ”Penguin” Chiwarak are currently detained by police on sedition charges.
The clash between crowd control police and protesters this evening. All Photos: Sanook.com
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