IN A Facebook post today (Sept. 10) the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration revealed that detained protest leader Mr. Parit Chivarak, or Penguin, banged his head on the ground after being pushed by guards while being moved from hospital to the prison, Siam Rath newspaper said.
The Thammasat group said Penguin had asked to meet his lawyer first before being taken to the prison as he had been waiting for a long time to talk to him but the warden refused to allow this with over 10 guards then surrounding him trying to drag him away.
They also pushed Penguin causing him to fall and bang his head on the ground.
Another detainee who was present, Mr. Thatchapong Kaedam, or Boy, tried to step in and help but was scolded and told to not interfere.
The Thammasat group asked why the Corrections Department required over 10 guards to move Penguin back to prison and did not allow him to meet his lawyer even though he had been waiting there a long time.
The group also asked whether the department is stepping beyond the boundaries of the law in its treatment of their detained friends.
Meanwhile the Thalu Gas adolescent protesters again gathered at Din Daeng intersection from 5.45 p.m. onwards and there were sounds of firecrackers going off and ping pong bombs exploding intermittently but up to that point the crowd-control police had not moved against them, Thai Rath newspaper said.
This intersection, barely a kilometre from the First Infantry Regiment barracks which houses Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s residence on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, was not closed and the traffic was flowing normally.
Some of these adolescent protesters also rode on their motorcycles to the nearby Royal Thai Army Band Department and had also brought some flammable materials with them in what appeared to be a move to start a fire at the area of the Din Daeng intersection bridge.
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