Thai police use tear gas, rubber bullets to break up protests

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Bangkok News – According to information received by World News superfast, crores of people were injured and arrested on Saturday night after police in the Thai capital used water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets, pro-democracy protesters Organized a rally for the release of detained activists, constitutional changes and reforms in the monarchy of the country.

The rally outside Bangkok’s Grand Palace was a series of student-led protests that began last year and broke the traditional establishment of Thailand, which opposes change, particularly in relation to the monarchy.

The organizers of the rally had said that they planned to throw paper planes with messages to the protesters on the walls of the palace.

The protesters, who numbered close to 1,000, managed to break through a barrier made of shipping containers outside the ceremonial palace, two high heaps. The police at the back of the container responded with a warning first and then by shooting water cannons and rubber bullets. The police drove the crowd back and clashes continued, with the crowd erupting till 10 pm.

According to information received by the World News superfast, the city’s emergency medical service Irawan reported 33 people, including 13 cops, were injured by rubber bullets, rocks and tear gas. At least two journalists were hit by rubber bullets. 32 were detained by Thai lawyers for human rights called watchdogs.

During the skirmishes, protesters hurled smoke bombs and huge firecrackers at police, and also smashed a royal portrait with paint, but failed to attempt to set it on fire, although they burned tires and garbage in several places.

According to information received by the World News superfast, police deputy spokesman Colonel Kissana Phathanacharoen said police had previously warned that the rally was illegal. He said that in addition to throwing various objects, the protesters used slingshots to fire nuts and bolts at the police and hit them with metal rods. He said that the police have used water canon, tear gas and rubber bullets as per proper procedures.

The rally was called off last year by REDEM, a faction of the wider protest movement, which began with three major demands: the resignation of Prime Minister Prithun Chan-Osha and his government, to be amended to make the constitution more democratic and monarchical. Improvements will be made to make it more accountable.

REDEM, which stands for Restart Democracy, claims to have no leader and conducts online voting to decide on the dates and activities of the rally.

The movement intensified its campaign to focus on the monarchy, and Thailand’s Lez Majeste law, which carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years for criticizing and insulting the king or some other senior royals.

According to information received by the World News superfast, the monarchy has long been considered a sacred institution in Thailand and public criticism is not only illegal, but has long been considered socially unacceptable. Many people still respect the monarchy and the military, a major force of Thai society, considering the defense of the monarchy as a major priority.

As the monarchy was criticized by protesters last year, the government responded by charging outspoken protesters under the Laser Majesty Law, and last month, eight of them were jailed in pending litigation.

The movement was able to attract a crowd of 20,000–30,000 people to Bangkok in 2020 and was followed in major cities and universities. However, at the end of last year a new coronovirus outbreak temporarily suspended activities, and it lost momentum.

WORLD NEWS SUPERFASTBangkok News – According to information received by World News superfast, crores of people were injured and arrested on Saturday night after police in the Thai capital used water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets, pro-democracy protesters Organized a rally for the release of detained activists, constitutional changes and reforms in the monarchy of the country.The rally outside Bangkok’s Grand Palace was a series of student-led protests that began last year and broke the traditional establishment of Thailand, which opposes change, particularly in relation to the monarchy.The organizers of the rally had said that they planned to throw paper planes with messages to the protesters on the walls of the palace.The protesters, who numbered close to 1,000, managed to break through a barrier made of shipping containers outside the ceremonial palace, two high heaps. The police at the back of the container responded with a warning first and then by shooting water cannons and rubber bullets. The police drove the crowd back and clashes continued, with the crowd erupting till 10 pm.According to information received by the World News superfast, the city’s emergency medical service Irawan reported 33 people, including 13 cops, were injured by rubber bullets, rocks and tear gas. At least two journalists were hit by rubber bullets. 32 were detained by Thai lawyers for human rights called watchdogs.During the skirmishes, protesters hurled smoke bombs and huge firecrackers at police, and also smashed a royal portrait with paint, but failed to attempt to set it on fire, although they burned tires and garbage in several places.According to information received by the World News superfast, police deputy spokesman Colonel Kissana Phathanacharoen said police had previously warned that the rally was illegal. He said that in addition to throwing various objects, the protesters used slingshots to fire nuts and bolts at the police and hit them with metal rods. He said that the police have used water canon, tear gas and rubber bullets as per proper procedures.The rally was called off last year by REDEM, a faction of the wider protest movement, which began with three major demands: the resignation of Prime Minister Prithun Chan-Osha and his government, to be amended to make the constitution more democratic and monarchical. Improvements will be made to make it more accountable.REDEM, which stands for Restart Democracy, claims to have no leader and conducts online voting to decide on the dates and activities of the rally.The movement intensified its campaign to focus on the monarchy, and Thailand’s Lez Majeste law, which carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years for criticizing and insulting the king or some other senior royals.According to information received by the World News superfast, the monarchy has long been considered a sacred institution in Thailand and public criticism is not only illegal, but has long been considered socially unacceptable. Many people still respect the monarchy and the military, a major force of Thai society, considering the defense of the monarchy as a major priority.As the monarchy was criticized by protesters last year, the government responded by charging outspoken protesters under the Laser Majesty Law, and last month, eight of them were jailed in pending litigation.The movement was able to attract a crowd of 20,000–30,000 people to Bangkok in 2020 and was followed in major cities and universities. However, at the end of last year a new coronovirus outbreak temporarily suspended activities, and it lost momentum.
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