Police last night denied that they used live bullets against anti-government protesters after one of them was shot and went into critical injury.
The Metropolitan Police Bureau on Monday night issued a statement saying that they did not use live bullets to control the protesters, only rubber bullets. One of the viral videos on Thursday showed a police officer lurking around the Dindaeng Police Station before shooting at the protesters.
One of the victims, whose name is yet to be identified, was shot in the back of the neck and was later taken to Rajavithi Hospital. Rumors about the man’s death were rife last night before the hospital director, Somkiat Lalitwongsa, quashed it, saying that the man did not die but was under critical injury.
Yet, #PoliceKillPeople has become a trending hashtag online since last night with netizens calling on the police to be held accountable. Human rights activists cited United Nations guidelines specifying that less-lethal weapons such as rubber bullets should not be used to target the head, face or neck.
Col. Ratthachai Sriwichai, chief of Din Daeng Police Station, said his team would investigate the shooting.