Sunday timeline: An hour-by-hour account of the day’s unrest

10:30 On the morning of what they called “Victory Day,” Sathit Wongnongtoey, a leader of the anti-government “Civil Movement for Democracy,” instructed demonstrators from the stage on Ratchadamnoen Road to set out in eight groups headed to different locations:

1. Metropolitan Police Bureau

2. Ministry of Interior

3. Ministry of Labour

4. Channel 3

5. Channel 5

6. Channel 7

7. Channel 9 (MCOT)

8. Channel 11 (NBT)

10:54 Protesters responded to Facebook complaints by former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban of bias in the media by taking over Thai PBS:

10:58 Siam Paragon and Central World announced they would close the shopping centers for the entire day due to the closure of Rama I Road and Royal Thai Police.

11:30 A crowd of protesters tried to push through barriers and take over the offices of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the Government House in Dusit district. Police urged them to desist before using tear gas to control the situation.

ภาพตำรวจยิงแก๊สน้ำตา โดยชยานนท์ ปรานีต #NationTV 11:43 Police fired tear gas into the crowd as protesters tried to break through barriers erected on Sri Ayutthaya Road to enter the Metropolitan Police Bureau.

12:00 An unknown crowd blocked Ramkhamhaeng Road with burning tires. Buses heading to Ramkhamhaeng University could not pass.

12:22 The protesters at Government House reportedly threw water bottles and rocks at police who were using tear gas to control the crowd.

12:36 Protesters entered the Ministry of Interior.

13:20 Police were instructed by their commander to stop firing tear gas, and protesters were urged to end the conflict.

13:30 3,000 students at Ramkhamhaeng University were transported away from the university, where thousands of government supporters were meeting inside Rajamangala Stadium and violence erupted Saturday night, out of the area to Rama IX Temple.

13:34 Protest organizers instructed the crowd to remain at the headquarters of the Royal Thai Police until their demands were met.

14:10 The protesters managed to push through the barrier at the Chamai Maruchet Bridge next to Government House after the police stopped firing tear gas.

14:24 After negotiation, many broadcasters agreed to air a statement from protest leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban.

14:50 The government’s crisis group, the Centre for Resolution of Emergency Situation (CRES) instructed security forces to reclaim the Ministry of Finance and prosecute those who break the laws.

15:02 Protesters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs joined up with others at the Ministry of Finance after police tried to break up the demonstrations.

15:42 A double-decker bus was burned in front of Soi Mahad Thai on Ramkhamhaeng Road. One set of charred remains were found after the fire was extinguished.

16:24 Police stopped firing tear gas and switched to purple dye as protesters were pushing through the barriers on Sri Ayutthaya Road.

16:34 Suthep Thaugsuban made announcement on national television from his stage at the occupied government offices on Chaeng Wattana Road to blame the government for not complying with his demands and urging those following him to continue demonstrating.

19:13 CRES took to the airwaves to ask citizens to stay in their homes between 10pm – 5am for safety.

20:30 Another round of tear gas was fired at the protesters who moved sandbags and barriers surrounding the Government House.

22:13 The spokesperson of CRES announced protesters were still trying to break through the security barriers during the night.

Source: Sanook

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