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Lawyers urge people to take legal action against crowd-control police

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

THE UNITED LAWYERS For Rights & Liberty today (Aug 21) called on the people who may have been injured, either inadvertently or intentionally, by crowd-control police on Bangkok streets to take legal action against them.

Winyat Chatmontri, secretary general of the United Lawyers For Rights & Liberty, suggested those who may have been hit by rubber bullets fired by the crowd-control police in Sam Liam Din Daeng area to produce video clips or other material witnesses pertaining to the alleged misconducts of the policemen and file legal lawsuits against them in court.

Not only those policemen alleged to have indiscriminately fired rubber bullets at the passing motorcyclists but their own commanding officers are yet to be brought to justice, according to the group’s leading lawyer.

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”The police have evidently failed to abide by international rules for riot police to handle street protests. The police have disregarded the safety of the passers-by on the street but continued to commit such criminal acts time and again.

”Besides, the commanders of those crowd-control policemen are yet to be held responsible for alleged failures to take appropriate steps to stop their subordinates from doing what they have done with the people at risk of being harmed,” Winyat commented.

Nonetheless, police chief Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk earlier contended that the crowd-control police have invariably adhered to international procedures for the handling of mass demonstrations and that they have not overreacted in the protest situation or discriminated against any street protesters.

Sam Liam Din Daeng intersection area adjacent to Vibhavadi Rangsit Road which passes the First Infantry Regiment barracks has daily seen clashes between the crowd-control policemen, armed with tear-gas launchers, rubber-bullet guns, batons and shields, and independent, adolescent protesters who have been repeatedly pressing Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down.

Prayut currently resides in the premises of the army barracks the perimeters of which are now strongly guarded by the police behind two tiers of empty cargo containers and barbed wire on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.


Independent protesters again clashed with riot police today (Aug. 21) but the location shifted to the Vibhavadi Rangsit frontage road in front of the Veterans Hospital as that is where police had moved the containers from Din Daeng intersection. Photos: Thai Rath

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