Police use tear gas, rubber bullets

Police on Thursday morning used tear gas and rubber bullets against anti-government protesters who tried to break into the Thai-Japanese sports stadium, where the drawing of candidacy numbers for Feb 2 election will take place.

Protesters under the Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand (STR) started marching to the stadium in Din Daeng area at 6am.

They tried to break into the stadium, cutting the chain that locked the entrance gate.  Shortly before 8am, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the protesters, according to reports in Thai media. 

Protesters did not prepare equipment to protect themselves from the tear gas and rubber bullets. Many of them were injured.

The reports say the wind also blew the tear gas  towards nearby Pibul Prachasan School where there are more than 1,000 student. The school advised parents to take their children home.

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Discussion 1 : 28/12/2013 at 12:43 AM
Sounds like they were very much more peaceful that the group,Reds, were in 2010.
Discussion 2 : 26/12/2013 at 05:21 PM
They are showing respect for the concept of political reform. We should all be supporting them.
Discussion 3 : 26/12/2013 at 03:02 PM
That's his idea of democracy too!
Discussion 4 : 26/12/2013 at 02:03 PM
About time to, you cannot have mob rule, they are under the impression,that they can go where they like, breaking into state property, holding innocent people hostage, the list goes on, the law is the law, don't care who you are.
Discussion 5 : 26/12/2013 at 12:04 PM
Good on police using tear gas, rubber bullets. Use the necessary force to keep law and order, it's ok to protest and the messages are clear but keep it peaceful and lawful.
Discussion 6 : 26/12/2013 at 11:42 AM
Do not see any violence from the protesters,again the authorities acting irresponsibly and totally over the top.If this is how negotiations would be after the election then heaven help Thailand..
Discussion 7 : 26/12/2013 at 11:34 AM
Protestors got to show some respect. They cannot just force their way into premises that don't belong to them. If they cannot respect the authority and the rule of law, then no way can they accept democracy. If this what the yellow shirts are about then they surely have discredited themselves to the eye of the world. It is becoming no different to the red shirt protestors of 2010.
Discussion 8 : 26/12/2013 at 11:29 AM
It became time that the police stepped in. Cos the protesters start to have no respect for anything anymore .
Discussion 9 : 26/12/2013 at 11:23 AM
In some way the situation is reminiscent of 2010 except that it's now the other side behaving badly. What needs to faced is that Thailand has a violent society despite its Buddhist pacifist credentials and there seems to be no way of dealing with Protesters who do not get their way and escalate to win by any means.
Discussion 10 : 26/12/2013 at 11:15 AM
Finally the police is acting against these hooligans - was about time. Do the demonstrators think because they come in great numbers they are above the law?
Discussion 11 : 26/12/2013 at 11:14 AM
This is very sad. Two very powerful opposing groups refuse to negotiate with each other. The Thai people deserve better than than this.
Discussion 12 : 26/12/2013 at 11:12 AM
It's getting uglier. Time to compromise?
Discussion 13 : 26/12/2013 at 10:50 AM
That is how you deal with rioters
Discussion 14 : 26/12/2013 at 10:35 AM
oh my god this is what Mr Supthep calls a peaceful protest
Discussion 15 : 26/12/2013 at 10:22 AM
Peaceful demonstrations, I think not!
Discussion 16 : 26/12/2013 at 10:19 AM
They must expect that the job of the police is to protect the property as well as the people. The protesters were organized enough to bring bolt cutters with them. So som num naa.
Discussion 17 : 26/12/2013 at 10:15 AM
The protestors are not peaceful. Just look at the pictures. They haven't been for a long time contrary to the prdc's propaganda. The police are doing their duty to protect the electoral process. There are consequences to breaking the law and it is long overdue the prdc's paid mob start to feel them.

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