RECAP: Protesters confront riot police after pro-democracy gathering in Bangkok yesterday evening

Bangkok –

A group of pro-democracy demonstrators confronted riot police while gathering at Din Daeng Intersection in Bangkok yesterday, June 11th.

The leaderless protest began at the Din Daeng Expressway before heading to the Victory Monument in downtown Bangkok around 5:00 PM. to symbolically demand the release of prisoners who were detained with the accusations of Section 112 or lese majeste charges. Protesters were also calling for Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan O’Cha to resign.

The gathering was conducted peacefully under the surveillance of the police officers. However, some of the protesters from an unknown group were reportedly gathering at the Din Daeng Intersection, attempting to march to the Prime Minister’s military housing after the gathering at the Monument was called off.

The group was reportedly burning a police vehicle and throwing firecrackers at the riot police and water trucks that were deployed at the scene. Explosions and gunshots were reportedly heard. The confrontation continued as the protesters refused to back down.

As of 7:00 PM., the police began to disperse the gathering by approaching the group from three sides of the intersection. More riot police were deployed to put pressure on the protesters. Some of the protesters continued to fight back and some began to disperse.

As of 8:00 PM., protesters began retreating from Din Daeng and gathered around the Victory Monument again. However, the group reportedly stayed for about 15 minutes before another dispersal. The police continued patrolling to clear the area as some of the protesters were still gathering around.

As of 10:17 PM., chaos was reported as the police reportedly arrested one of the alleged young protesters. Another protester was also arrested for reportedly obtaining illegal firecrackers. The force eventually cleared the area and the gathering was reportedly called off around 10:45 PM.

Photo Courtesy: Matichon


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.