DEMONSTRATORS from two activist groups moved their “Second Walk to Chase Tu” protest from the front of the Royal Thai Police headquarters to Din Daeng intersection this evening (June 18) with this aimed at piling pressure on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, whose nickname is Tu, to step down, Matichon newspaper said.
Police were out in force to maintain order at this protest hotspot where demonstrators clashed with them almost every night for over a month in the middle of last year and is barely a kilometre away from Prayut’s residence at First Infantry Regiment barracks.
At around 7.20 p.m. protesters from People’s Group to Chase Tu and Red Revolutionary People kicked off their symbolic activities starting with demanding the release of detained activists by holding up foam boxes with names of those who have not yet been granted bail while giving the three-finger salute.
They then demanded that the government resolve people’s problems including increasing the minimum wage and curb rising oil prices as well as determine the duties of the Royal Thai Police.
However, reporters at the scene said today’s protest here was calm with traffic flowing normally at this intersection and Vibhavadi Rangsit road.
During the first “Walk to Chase Tu” last weekend protesters set fire to a police vehicle after being blocked from riding their motorcycles to Prayut’s residence
Demonstrators at Din Daeng intersection this evening. Photos: Matichon