By Thai Newsroom Reporters
POLICE HAVE CONTINUED TO QUELL street demonstrations in Bangkok with rubber bullets fired from a BTS skywalk at Victory Monument to disperse protesters today (August 11).
Street protesters led by Thalufah (Through the Sky) human rights activist group called today a ”Tyrant-Chasing Day” and planned to proceed from Victory Monument area to the First Infantry Regiment on Vibhavadi Rangsit road but were dispersed by the riot police, including several who occupied the otherwise-crowded skywalk of the elevated rail system, firing rubber bullets at them.
Some of the protesters who had joined a sustained move to press Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down were arrested by the police while others scrambled to get off the scene from the open space around the monument.
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Thalufah group leaders called off the street demonstration which had lasted less than an hour due to the police resistance with tear gas and rubber bullets.
The protesters had earlier planned to gather outside the First Infantry Regiment barracks which houses the embattled Prayut in the sustained move to press him to resign sooner or later.
Today’s police crackdown on anti-Prayut demonstrators apparently followed yesterday’s event in which the police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at street protesters in Sam Liam Din Daeng area, barely two kilometres from the army barracks.
A renewed ”car mob” procession of automobiles and motorcycles organised by the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration yesterday proceeded from Ratchaprasong intersection along Sukhumvit road to Asok road where the demonstrators stopped outside Sino-Thai Tower which houses Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction Plc., owned by the family of Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.
Leading activist Wanwalee ”Tee Phayao” Thammasattaya had called off the three-hour street demonstration before some of the motorcycle-riding protesters who had hours earlier joined the ”car mob” procession were dispersed by the police with tear gas and rubber bullets in Sam Liam Din Daeng area about an hour later.
Police stamp out today’s protest at the Victory Monument with some of them arrested. All photos: Siam Rath