Ducks out! Police vow to charge protesters for vandalizing police headquarters

An Inflatable duck is displayed Wednesday evening at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong intersection sign in honor of their use in defending against police water cannons. Photo: Coconuts
An Inflatable duck is displayed Wednesday evening at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong intersection sign in honor of their use in defending against police water cannons. Photo: Coconuts

Police said today they are preparing charges against the plastic duck-wielding protesters who bombarded police headquarters with paint and graffiti.

Police spokesperson Krissana Pattanacharoen said early this morning that protesters didn’t obtain permission for yesterday’s rally at Ratchaprasong intersection, which ended with vandalism of the nearby national police building in response to the use of force a day prior outside the Parliament.

Krissana said the police exercised restraint rather than resume the conflict that unfolded nearly six hours on Tuesday.

“Officers focused on avoiding violence and preventing a repeat of the Kiakkai intersection rally from happening again,” he said.

Citing reports that officers were attacked with slingshots, he said investigators were determining how many were injured.

Yesterday’s protest began about 4pm at the commercial heart of downtown. Many people carried plastic ducks they originally intended to float outside the parliament Tuesday in the Chao Phraya River but ended up using as shields against the water cannons.

It was on Tuesday that the police used high-pressure water laced with a tearing agent and fired tear gas to block access to the assembly building where charter amendments were under debate.

People today were complaining that the police applied a double-standard by aggressively using force – dozens were injured – while not interfering with yellow-shirted royalist counter-protesters.

“What a cry baby, you should charge those who attacked the people who came peacefully with chemical-laced water canons,” Facebooker Posathorn Jarungruongsap wrote in a comment about the police announcement. “Don’t forget to arrest the [Yellowshirts] as well. There’s a lot of evidence,” he added, referring to those who came out to call for a coup d’etat seven years ago.

Lawmakers debated charter reforms for a second day yesterday but the proposal favored by protesters did not pass first reading.

The next rally is set for Wednesday at another provocative site: the Crown Property Bureau in Dusit district.

Celebrate Christmas and end the year in relaxation at Trisara – the premier luxury resort of North Western Phuket – home to PRU, Phuket’s only Michelin-starred restaurant. From December 24th to January 3rd, Trisara is hosting celebrations and unique experiences, with each day having different offerings. Enjoy the newly-finished beachfront cabanas, or take a cruise in the afternoon sun on a sport cruiser. Families are welcome, as parents can treat themselves at Jara Wellness while the resort’s Kids Club keeps their children entertained. These are just a few options specially crafted to ensure maximum enjoyment out of each and every stay.

Find out more at: https://trisara.com/

READ MORE

CITY: BANGKOKCATEGORY: NEWSSUB-CATEGORIES: POLITICS

Leave a Reply

Coconuts TV
Our latest and greatest original videos
Subscribe on
MOST POPULAR