PROTESTERS from REDEM (Restart Democracy) group were this evening (Sept. 9) blocked by the police at several points in the heart of the city from going to the German embassy and Lumpini park with some of them later joining independent protesters at Din Daeng intersection, Sanook.com and Thai Rath newspaper said.
The protesters had gathered at Ploenchit intersection and when they could not go to their two destinations, some went to join independent protesters at Din Daeng intersection while others headed for Pratunam intersection amid the heavy rain.
At around 6.20 p.m. those who had reached Pratunam hung up a large banner with a message calling for monarchy reform and then ended their rally.
By 6.40 p.m. police had removed the large banner.
Despite the heavy rain large firecrackers were set off intermittently at Din Daeng intersection from 6.45 p.m. onwards after the two groups of protesters assembled there.
Some motorcyclists rode towards the police line at Royal Thai Army Band Department while others walked down Vibhavadi Rangsit road amid the downpour but after a bit turned back.
At 7.30 p.m. when the rain had stopped, a group of motorcyclists and protesters had gathered near the police line at Royal Thai Army Band Department while others remained at Din Daeng intersection where firecrackers continued to go off at two points.
Yet others had gathered under the expressway where speeches were given criticising Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Protests at Pratunam and Din Daeng intersection today. Photos: Sanook.com and Thai Rath