September 17, 2021

Thousands march in protest against Thai PM

Thousands of protesters gathered on cars and bikes in Bangkok’s central shopping district on Sunday, demanding the resignation of Premier Priyot Chan-o-cha, one of several mobile rallies across Thailand, to fight the corona virus epidemic. On

By nightfall, some protesters clashed with authorities, firing fireworks and defending against rioting police, who had deployed rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons.

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Protesters gather on cars and motorbikes in Bangkok’s main shopping district Photo: AFP / Lillian Swanermafa

The use of such weapons by the police during anti-government protests has become increasingly frequent, intensifying as the kingdom suffers from its worst epidemic.

The slowdown in overcrowded hospitals and the vaccine business – with weeks of restrictions on finances – have fueled anger at the private sector.

Concerned about public gatherings spreading the virus, protesters have turned to organizing large convoys of cars at major intersections in recent weeks – thus closing Bangkok’s already congested streets.

Thousands gathered in the Thai capital on Sunday afternoon for at least three rallies – the largest in recent weeks – near Bangkok’s glittering shopping malls.

“It’s time to dump her and move on. The government has made it clear that it will not accept responsibility for any of the damage,” shouted Natavot Saikwar, a politician who has long been associated with former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. ۔

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The anti-government movement gained momentum last July. Photo: AFP / Lillian Swanermafa.

Protesters میں including saffron-clad monks and LGBTQs with rainbow-colored umbrellas سلام saluted three fingers of resistance.

Cargo containers are stacked on top of each other, blocking access to Parvez’s residence.

Police Deputy Spokesperson Kahanna Fertarov said that the police deployed rubber tablets, tears and water canons against demonstrators deployed on the high toll, who fired fireworks and shot dead.

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Natawat Saikwar says government will not take responsibility for epidemic devastation Photo: AFP / Lillian Swanermafa

Three people have been arrested so far in connection with the violence, and police have seized a pistol, ammunition and a knife.

By 9:00 pm (1400 GMT), protesters were still at Din Deng intersection, the site of several clashes earlier this week, which opposed a city-wide corona virus curfew.

The day before, more so-called “car mobs” rallied in the coastal city of Pattaya, as well as in the northern cultural center of Chiang Mai.

Sunday’s protest comes after a week of clashes between protesters and police, who have increasingly used rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas to disperse rallies.

At least three protesters were injured Friday, but authorities have consistently defended the use of force.

“We use it (force) only when more than 130 people have been arrested but most have been released on bail,” Swat National Police Chief Swat Jangiudsk said ahead of the rallies on Sunday.

The anti-government movement gained momentum in July.

At its peak, it rallied in tens of thousands of streets, demanding the resignation of Parvez – a former army chief who came to power through a 2014 coup.

But attendance has been low this year, as people have stayed away due to the concerns of Kovid 19.

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