Mourning for police 'inaction'

Demonstrators from the People's Democratic Reform Council (PDRC) and Ramkhamhaeng Students Network stretched a 50-metre-long black cloth in front of the Royal Thai Police Office to mourn police inaction over the death of a Ramkhamhaeng Unversity student in a clash with the red shirts on the night of Nov 30.

They also laid a wreath in front of the RTPO, saying the police had not rushed to find the culprits who were responsible for the death of Thirsak Phokaew.

The demonstrators, in a statement read in front of the police office, gave the police until Dec 25 to clear up the case otherwise they would stage a mass protest to call for justice and condemn them.

The protesters, both on Rama 1 road and on the skywalk, blew whistles and shouted continuously in demanding the government's ouster. Some of them reportedly threw rocks and other objects into the police premises.

A number of anti-riot and Special Branch police earlier deployed in front of the national police office were withdrawn to avoid confrontation and reduce tensions.

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Discussion 1 : 23/12/2013 at 12:32 AM
When is the demonstration scheduled for not doing any thing about the RedBull grandson?
Discussion 2 : 22/12/2013 at 11:56 PM
Its also interesting how the reds forget about the student when they make their demands to police. Both sides are just as worse as each other. At the end of the day, in a real country with real police, the police would have prevented the clash from ever happening, but here in Thailand, the government put all their numbers into protecting enpty govt buildings, even though they had about 7 hours warning that the clashes were likely to take place.
Discussion 3 : 22/12/2013 at 11:22 PM
From what I have seen the police have worked hard and done all they can with little support from a manpower perspective (Not coup perspective) of the army to assist the police against a group who are determined to take over democracy by force including allowing people to be killed then blame someone else (Done often in history). The group use propaganda as in this case and very successfully. I personally praise the police. And I feel the redshirts paid a very heavy price and sorry for the student and family all for one man's ego.
Discussion 4 : 22/12/2013 at 08:40 PM
I really don t understand why people are so angry on the police.The police did do exact where they are good in. Avoid problems and cash corruption. As in the article from the youngsters killed by lack of police, here in the BP the same here. I am pity for the people who think that the police is there to protect you and maintain justice. It's just a bunch of fakers,
Discussion 5 : 22/12/2013 at 08:35 PM
If the police do nothing and are good for nothing, why then have the protestors been giving them flowers and trying to cross over to their side?
Discussion 6 : 22/12/2013 at 08:34 PM
True, three red shorts die and one student yet, the media suggests for the most part armed red shirts attacked students and held them hostage for hours. Whoever believes such nonsense would be a good client as a buyer of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Discussion 7 : 22/12/2013 at 07:47 PM
With 10.000 police out on the street in riot gear, police stations ransacked ?? I think I know why everything works even less efficient than before.
Discussion 8 : 22/12/2013 at 07:38 PM
'Friendly fire' is a possibility (in at least one case I know about), and would be very 'disturbing' for the watermelons police, and, of course, for the UDD propaganda, and might be the reason why they don't want to touch it, even with a stick...
Discussion 9 : 22/12/2013 at 06:52 PM
It is interesting that they have no interest in the police getting to the bottom of who killed the three red shirts known to have died that day. I wonder why that is?
Discussion 10 : 22/12/2013 at 06:33 PM
The Thai media should be hanging their heads in shame for not blowing up what happened at Ramkhamhaeng into the scandal it was. This single event alone would be enough to trigger major police reform in any civilised country. The more I see obvious influence in the media reporting, the lower the country sinks in my estimation. It is at rock bottom right now and only the protestors can save it.
Discussion 11 : 22/12/2013 at 06:19 PM
Are you afraid of what could come out about who was using the weapons that killed and injured people (redshirts, students, and bystanders)?
Discussion 12 : 22/12/2013 at 06:13 PM
I think we all know that the police does (almost?) nothing if they don’t personally profit from their action. Every day it is easy for anyone to see that many laws are broken all the time by many people. The police see it as well, but they don’t fine or arrest the law breakers. For the police this is just an opportunity to get some money for “looking away”. I live in Thailand almost 20 years and in that time I only met exactly one police officer who was not interested in any bribe – exactly one! There might be some more honest police officers out there but I guess we all agree that the majority of them are criminals themselves.
Discussion 13 : 22/12/2013 at 05:21 PM
They should be happy that police are inactive in that case. Another evidence for loss of contact with reality.
Discussion 14 : 22/12/2013 at 05:12 PM
Yes, yes, if you do not do so we will come back with a mass rally, what else. I'm worried, should not the people of Bangkok represent the educated people, also students from the university? I'm not impressed and I understand now why the wise people out of the country does not want them to lead the country.

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