Fireworks thrown at police station (pix)

Anti-government protesters urged police to arrest two men in black who threw firecrackers at Din Daeng police station during the protest outside the premises by the People's Democratic Reform Committe (PDRC) on Monday morning.

They said the two men, caught in the act by security cameras, were trying to cause trouble.

The protesters under the PDRC had converged on and surrounded the police station about 8.30am after representatives of political parties filed complaints with the police that they could not enter the Thai-Japanese sports stadium to register their candidacy for the general election called for Feb 2, 2014.

Shortly before noon, as the  protesters relaxed outside the station, the sound of firecrackers exploding was heard. This angered the protesters, who complained.

Police asked one of the PDRC’s leaders, Phutthipong Punnakan, to join them in checking footage from CCTV security cameras installed in the parking lot of a hotel next door to the station.

The cameras captured images of two men throwing firecrackers at the station.

The protesters urged the police to arrest the men, saying they were trying to create problems.   

According to TV reports, the station was still surrounded early this afternon, with people inside - both police and visitors - unable to leave.

Electricity and the water supply had also been cut off, according to the reports. Police had to negotiate with protesters in order to allow food to be deliver to the station.

The protesters later announced they would allow female Election Commission staff to leave the police station.  The rest would be able to leave after 4.30pm.

Chumpol Julsai, another PDRC leader, said the protesters wanted to view the police record, to see if it reported they had obstructed the election or not. The protesters had insisted that they would not obstruct candidacy registration. He said he would safely escort representatives of political parties into Thai-Japanese sports stadium to register.

Registration of party-list candidates for the general election opened at the stadium on Monday, with nine parties registering and 25 others complaining to police they had not been able to enter the venue, where protesters began  gathering on Sunday night.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 23/12/2013 at 04:21 PM
Election registration was being held at the police station.
Discussion 2 : 23/12/2013 at 04:15 PM
The two pictures on the left clearly shows the date & time on the top?
Discussion 3 : 23/12/2013 at 03:47 PM
All security cameras have dates and time without seeing these it could be more propaganda at play here .
Discussion 4 : 23/12/2013 at 03:14 PM
And will anything be done I doubt it.
Discussion 5 : 23/12/2013 at 02:49 PM
Games these PDRC leaders play- talk of doublespeak!

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