ANOTHER round of clashes broke out between protesters and riot police at Din Daeng junction at 5 p.m. today (August 15) as some protest groups launched their processions from differing points of Bangkok and neighbouring provinces to piled more pressure on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down, Sanook.com and Thai Rath newspaper said.
The protesters again found the way to Gen Prayut’s house within the First Infantry Regiment on Vibhavadi Rangsit road blocked by barbed wire and containers and threw giant firecrackers across it at the riot police who retaliated by firing water cannons from the expressway at them.
However two key leaders of today’s protest processions, Red Shirt movement leader Nattawut Saikua and Sombat Boonngam-anong of the Sombat Tour group, confirmed that the Din Daeng junction is not part of today’s activities and urged protesters to avoid the area.
Read earlier reports: In pictures: Police break up another march to PM’s house
Nattawut had named today’s demonstration “car park” (car mob+ Hyde Park), with his group driving out from Ratchaprasong intersection and going down Petchaburi road after which they were to return to the starting point.
Upon their return to this intersection at 6 p.m. sharp they were to “blare the horn to chase out Prayut ” with this to take place simultaneously nationwide.
Meanwhile Sombat’s group assembled at Ayutthaya Park in Ayutthaya province and then headed to Bangkok via Ramintra kilometre 8 route and were to finally converge at Lat Phrao Intersection.
Another group of around 500 protesters had set out from Pathum Thani province and were likewise heading for Bangkok while honking their horns and giving the three-finger salute without any incidents occurring.
At the same time the Thalufah (Through the Sky) human rights activist group had set out from the Democracy Monument to join Nattawut and Sombat’s protest groups,
A new clash at Din Daeng junction as “car park” processions go through various parts of Bangkok. Din Daeng clash photos: Sanook.com, procession photos: Thai Rath