• Friday, Feb 03, 2023
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

Thai protesters spar with police in march on PM's residence

  • Published at 03:29 pm August 13th, 2021
Thailand Anti-Govt Protests
Demonstrators hold a protest against the government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, in Bangkok on August 13, 2021 Reuters

The protesters blame Thai PM Prayuth for mismanaging the Covid-19 crisis

Thai police clashed with demonstrators on Friday after hundreds defied a ban on gatherings to rally in central Bangkok, where they attempted to march on the prime minister's residence to demand his resignation over the country's coronavirus crisis.

Police fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets from an elevated highway in response to demonstrators who tried to pull down containers that were being used as roadblocks, in a third day of confrontation this week. 

Activists from the youth-led Thalufah group had vowed to protest peacefully after demonstrations this week also ended with police using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse them, as they pressed for premier Prayuth Chan-ocha's removal.

"Prayuth, get out!" chanted the protesters as they began their march from Bangkok's Victory Monument in the afternoon.

They blame Prayuth for mismanaging the Covid-19 crisis that on Friday saw new record cases. 

"The failed management of Covid-19 by the government has caused people to die. Today we are out here to get rid of Prayuth," said activist Songpon "Yajai" Sonthirak at the start of the rally.

Authorities warned any form of protest breaches Covid-19 regulations and said that they were pressing charges in 300 cases against people involved in recent demonstrations.

"The police aim is to maintain peace," Bangkok police chief Pakapong Pongpetra told reporters.

"Those joining protests are at risk of infection and also breaching other laws as well," he said.

Thailand's youth-led protest movement, which drew broad support during months of large and frequent rallies last year, is regaining momentum, coinciding with country's worst coronavirus outbreak yet.

Several core leaders remain in detention awaiting trial on charges of sedition and causing unrest, among other offences. 

50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail