32 protesters, 3 police injured

Thirty-two Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand (SRT) protesters were injured, one seriously, in a clash with police at the Thai-Japanese sports complex at Din Daeng Thursday morning, while three police sustained injuries, according to the Public Health Ministry and Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo).

Dr Narong Sahamethapat, permanent secretary for public health, said 32 protesters were injured in the clash,  which lasted from  7.30am to 11am.  Twenty-five of them were admitted to Ratchawithi Hospital, five to Ramathibodi Hospital, one to King Mongkut Hospital and one to Phayathai Hospital.

Most of them were suffering the effects of tear gas and rubber bullets.

One of them was hit in the head by a bullet from a firearm. He was among those admitted to Ratchawithi Hospital. His latest condition was not yet known.

Pol Maj Gen Piya Uthayo, the Capo spokesman, said three policemen were wounded.  One of them, Pol L/Cpl Thanapol Nopluay, a riot policeman of the Crowd Control Division, was hit with a gun bullet in the right shoulder.

A previous report said four policemen were injured.

The Capo spokesman said the protesters threw molotov cocktails and firecrackers and fired metal nuts from   catapults at the police.

An investigation would be launched and legal action taken against the protesters, Pol Maj Gen Piya said.

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Discussion 1 : 26/12/2013 at 04:01 PM
molotov cocktails, firecrackers, catapult-fired metal nuts, gun bullets against police! Still no arrests??
Discussion 2 : 26/12/2013 at 03:55 PM
They claim their protest is peaceful demonstration. Are they really peaceful protesters? In order to grasp power they tended to use force led to clash with police. One may wonder what their leader is doing. To cajole these followers to fight with authority purposely?
Discussion 3 : 26/12/2013 at 02:36 PM
"Pol Maj Gen Piya Uthayo, the Capo spokesman, said three policemen were wounded." Colateral damage from friendly fire ...
Discussion 4 : 26/12/2013 at 02:28 PM
This student group i assume went there with the intention to cause some sort of fracus .
Discussion 5 : 26/12/2013 at 02:10 PM
An investigation would be launched and legal action taken against the protesters, Pol Maj Gen Piya said. Better late than never.

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