World Thailand: Police crack down on pro-democracy demonstration with rubber bullets

08:55  01 march  2021
08:55  01 march  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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Police used water cannons and tear gas to break up a rally in front of the Prime Minister's residence

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The regime Thai has once again issued a clear warning to those who oppose its power. At Bangkok , police used rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas on Sunday against pro-democracy protesters gathered in front of the Prime Minister's residence.

Around 2,000 demonstrators, according to estimates, marched to a former barracks where the prime minister, former army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha, whose pro-democracy movement born in 2020 is calling for his resignation, lives. Clashes erupted between protesters and riot police deployed in front of the barracks entrance, protected by barbed wire and containers.

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Difficult dispersal

To disperse the crowd, the police therefore used force against the demonstrators for the first time in several months. In front of them, some protesters raised their hands in the air, others had three fingers raised in resistance. Protesters also threw glass bottles, stones and bricks at the police as others retreated to a nearby gas station. Some 16 protesters were injured, according to a doctor at the Erawan Emergency Center.

Despite the organizers' calls for dispersal around 8:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. in France), many demonstrators remained on site, some on motorcycles playing cat and mouse with the police. At least two people were arrested, according to images broadcast live on Facebook , but police did not give a figure. The Thai Lawyers for Human Rights collective puts forward the figure of 19 people arrested, including one aged 16.

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Demonstrations since July

The protest movement calling for the resignation of the government, which had brought together tens of thousands of demonstrators, mostly young people, between July and December 2020, has lost in intensity due to the Covid pandemic- 19 . But the recent arrest of four leaders of the movement has re-mobilized the demonstrators. A total of 58 protesters have been charged with lèse majesté, a crime normally punishable by up to 15 years in prison, since the start of the movement, which also calls for reform of Thailand's wealthy monarchy.

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