By Thai Newsroom Reporters
SEVERAL MOTORCYCLE-RIDING male adolescents who had planned to renew an apparently unorganised protest against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha were unexpectedly rounded up today (Sept. 7) by police at an usual protest site on a busy Bangkok street.
The pickup truck-riding policemen scrambled to arrest these motorcyclists known as members of the so-called Thalu Gas activist group at Din Daeng intersection, barely a kilometre from the First Infantry Regiment barracks which houses Prayut’s residence on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road as they just arrived at the scene.
Some of the crowd-control policemen quickly jumped off the cargo bays of the pickup trucks which abruptly accosted the anti-Prayut protesters’ motorcycles at the intersection and forcibly pulled them off their vehicles to arrest them.
These Thalu Gas protesters were taken to an unknown destination, prompting other street protesters to hurl firecrackers and flares toward the policemen who retreated to an army office down the road.
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Several other anti-Prayut protesters, mostly being independent adolescents, have been earlier arrested in Din Daeng intersection area after they had briefly clashed with the crowd-control police over the last few weeks.
Meanwhile, hundreds of other anti-Prayut demonstrators peacefully gathered near Asoke intersection on Sukhumvit Road, less than 10 kilometres from Din Daeng intersection.
Red Shirt leader Nattawut Saikua and political activist Sombat Boonngam-anong who initiated the ”car mob” convoys of automobiles and motorcycles launched barrages against the premier who has recently survived a no-confidence motion at parliament.
Above, below and Home Page: The Thalu Gas protesters rounded up at Din Daeng intersection this evening. Photos: Siam Rath
Second to fifth below: A protest convoy running on Sukhumvit road today and rally at Asoke intersection. Photos: Matichon