Anti-govt. protesters clash with police officers near police station in Bangkok


Pro-democracy activists in Thailand clashed with police on Friday, August 28, as they gathered at a police station in a show of support for protest leaders who have gone inside to answer summonses.

A number of demonstrators removed a steel barricade as they tried to move closer to the Samran Rat police station in central Bangkok.

The protest leaders have been summoned by the police to face multiple charges, including violating Article 116, which covers sedition, and breaching coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings.

“Please don’t do this, we are looking after the situation,” the police said over loudspeakers as activists pushed through metal fences.

A bucket of paint was thrown by a protester covering an officer in blue.

Demonstrators have returned to Thailand’s streets to call for the removal of the government of 2014 coup leader Prayut Chan-o-cha after a disputed election last year, reviving memories of more than a decade of unrest prior to the coup.

“This fight has to end with our generation,” one activist at Friday’s protest said.

The situation eased when the authorities agreed to have the group move closer to the building and hold a small rally.

Prime Minister Prayut said on Wednesday the country would be “engulfed in flames” if the situation persisted, his most serious warning yet.

Thailand has seen a month of near-daily rallies led by students calling for his removal, a new constitution and a new election, with some drawing more than 10,000 protesters.

Other protesters have vowed to move ahead with a planned demonstration on Sept. 19, the anniversary of an earlier military coup in 2006, and a pro-government protest is planned for this Sunday. (Source: The Straits Times)