Reds attack Chiang Mai protesters

Anti-government protesters were intercepted and attacked by red shirt supporters while staging a reform-before-election campaign in Chiang Mai's Muang district on Sunday.

A group of PDRC protesters gathered in the afternoon in front of a Christian church on Ta Pae Road, near the eastern side of Nawarat Bridge, Thairath Online reported. They previously planned to move to the official residence of Governor Wichian Puttiwinyu near the bridge to hold a peaceful whistle-blowing rally to air their demand for the resignation of caretaker Yingluck Shinawatra.

After that action, the group planned to carry on to the Three Kings Monument in the old city area. The group comprised a convoy of two mobile stage trucks, 10 cars and motorcycles and bicycles.

They were led by the Democrats' former Chiang Mai mayor Dr Duantemduang na Chiang Mai. 

However, about 100 supporters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship led by Apichart Inson, aka DJ Auan, showed up on the other side of Nawarat Bridge, outside Mr Wichain’s residence to prevent the PDRC protesters from gathering there.

The protesters cancelled their plan to rally at the governor’s home and opted to use Nakhon Phing Bridge to reach the Three Kings Monument. However, the UDD loyalists rode motorcycles to intercept them at Ratchawong Intersection after they had crossed the bridge. 

Manager Online reported the red shirts hurled water bottles, rocks and flower pots at passing vehicles driven by the protesters. They also kicked motorcyclists and bicyclists and assaulted them after they fell. 

The protesters were able to travel on after police intervened and were able to contain the situation shortly after. Many officers, both in uniform and plainclothes, were deployed from several police stations to prevent the confrontation between the two groups.  

Later, a pro-UDD radio community announced that the anti-government protesters were on their way to the Three Kings Monument, prompting the red shirts to occupy the monument grounds, with some of them waiting for the protesters en route to the monument.

A similar attack later occurred near Sompetch market on Moon Maung Road, forcing Dr Duantemduang’s group to speed up their vehicles to escape attack.    

The PDRC supporters later changed their protest rally to Nong Hor Racecourse on Nong Hor Road after the red shirts laid siege to the momument. 

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Discussion 1 : 06/01/2014 at 04:57 PM
So far no comment from Yingluck or PTP. Their silence speaks volumes!
Discussion 2 : 06/01/2014 at 11:23 AM
Red and brown had been the colours of Hitler´s thugs. I saw them in the centre of Chiang Mai yesterday. My grandfather was killed by the Nazis. It is time to leave Thailand and never return here if those Mafiosi would have predominance and supremacy, a supremacy by violence. Every individual has the absolute right to speak his mind, without being attacked. And the Reds should start to see they only get used by the Shinawatra clan for their purposes which have absolutely nothing to do with improving the conditions of life of the countryside people.
Discussion 3 : 06/01/2014 at 10:01 AM
Freedom of expression.......... as long as you agree with the red Yet again they tarnish the name of Chiang Mai
Discussion 4 : 06/01/2014 at 06:07 AM
This is not the only incidence to indicate who cause the violence in this country. Ms. Yingluck and the government please stop accusing PDRC of illegal activity, they have been doing the protest peacefully and the whole world can see that.
Discussion 5 : 06/01/2014 at 05:23 AM
Red shirts, Brown shirts, Fascist thugs, they are all the same. You are free to express your opinion - as long as we agree with it. Reds do NOT know what democracy is - beyond being paid to vote for the 'right team'
Discussion 6 : 06/01/2014 at 04:41 AM
Uh-oh...I think the church they mention is First Thai where we have our services. Getting a little scary! Pookie from iPhone application.
Discussion 7 : 06/01/2014 at 02:40 AM
It will be great when the country gets so bad all the Japanese manufacturers move out of the country to someplace civilized and safe. Then Thai's can continue killing each other when they have no jobs, food or water. Quite ignorant behavior one family can cause this much chaos. I suspect tears in the eyes of the great one watching the country implode and Thai's turn against each other. Is anyone listening?
Discussion 8 : 06/01/2014 at 01:13 AM
Oh boy, "fascists" huh? Was it the "Thais waking up to fascism" when this same lot began pelting HIV/AIDS activists with rocks before violently shutting down their parade? I'm really sure that many people thumbed up your comment too. You're behavior only steels the real majority to fight harder...
Discussion 9 : 06/01/2014 at 01:03 AM
They are just pushing to overthrow the democratically elected government, the constitution and the democracy by illegal means including violence (in BKK and in the south). Can we really call them “peaceful” protestors? The violence produces other violence. The absolute respect of the democratic rules is the only way to guarantee the civilian peace.
Discussion 10 : 06/01/2014 at 12:35 AM
Does that mean that the Poor PDRC wont be attacked?
Discussion 11 : 05/01/2014 at 11:18 PM
Well, one thing is for sure. Wherever you look, the red's are the ones who can only manage to get their point through violence. Fist before brain. No, thank you.
Discussion 12 : 05/01/2014 at 11:08 PM
this is very un-civilize, Red Terrors are well paid by Taksin without realizing that Taksin will keep them poor so he can pay them to do the dirty work
Discussion 13 : 05/01/2014 at 10:47 PM
Did the police intervene? Any arrests? 555 Didn't think so.
Discussion 14 : 05/01/2014 at 10:42 PM
I salute the PDRC supporters. They have real guts.
Discussion 15 : 05/01/2014 at 10:35 PM
So they have no right to protest? You might be surprised how many non-PTP supporters there are in the North.
Discussion 16 : 05/01/2014 at 10:34 PM
And you usually appear to have the biggest agenda around. Reds attack people in China Mai? Of course, not? Right?
Discussion 17 : 05/01/2014 at 10:28 PM
Won't you Thais please STOP IT and stop the election as well, but sit together and have a reform of the institutions and of the constitution and an election then, in 2015 or 2016. You all are on the way right now damaging your country irreversibly. What's the good of that? You are making a Myanmar out of Thailand while Burma is prosperous and prepared to host all those car or other factories and the tourists from overseas. You will never rewin lost investors or lost tourists. And of course the Thaksin clan has to be banned from politics and, if they do not give in, banned from the country. Thailand is more corrupt than the Philippines even.
Discussion 18 : 05/01/2014 at 10:16 PM
oh boy, when this going to end. I am kind of sick of these mess.
Discussion 19 : 05/01/2014 at 10:12 PM
This is a preamble of what is going to happen in Bangkok on the 13th...
Discussion 20 : 05/01/2014 at 10:03 PM
Does the flag you are waving include a hammer and sickle?
Discussion 21 : 05/01/2014 at 09:56 PM
"internet discussions" you mean the red websites?
Discussion 22 : 05/01/2014 at 09:52 PM
Dr Duantemduang is a lady, a former Chiang Mai mayor, about 45 years old. Put your per-conceived ideas away, seeing as a lot of urban people in CM (my wife included) absolutely hate the Shinawatras. They cannot afford to go to Bangkok for a week, they wish to peacefully march and show that even in Yingluck's hometown they think this is not democracy. By the way, this all occurred right before the tourists eyes at the Sunday Walking street during the busiest month, and it turned violent. Who committed the violence? Who's intolerant. Who punches out posters of Abhisit trying to campaign to 'win' an election finally. No wonder they're opposing.
Discussion 23 : 05/01/2014 at 09:45 PM
Media shielded !. Are we in the same country. The army came to near the Raj. stadium and provided an escort including bullet proof vests so the students and protestors could get away from the bullets of the angelic reds and / or their MIB.
Discussion 24 : 05/01/2014 at 09:42 PM
The reds attack anti government protesters in Chiang Mai…. the police attack anti government protesters in BKK and the red ghost writers attack anti government posters on BP forum….." Peaceful grass roots " I would say….or lets just call them Dubai thugs….
Discussion 25 : 05/01/2014 at 09:35 PM
Let him speak and let the public decide. UDD are not the general public. And no one should be targeted for what they believe.
Discussion 26 : 05/01/2014 at 09:32 PM This UDD, are incredible. Defender of democracy they are not. The leader should be charged. When you got nothing to stand on, then you have to resort to violence. Typical M.O., gives the Northern supporters a bad name. Where is YS, she needs to make an announcement. Is this what good citizens of Chiang Mai do? Are they all Thugs? Please YS, please answer us. Of course she will not, because it won't benefit her or not instructed by her brother.
Discussion 27 : 05/01/2014 at 09:31 PM
Peaceful protest should be allowed in any city. Chiang Mai is no exception. Violence against this should be forbidden. But we know that's not possible in CM.
Discussion 28 : 05/01/2014 at 09:31 PM
You think all the Fascists have now been cleared out of Europe? Really? Furthermore, the death toll in WW2 was obscenely high, but was not ‘hundreds of millions’. And lastly: please don’t draw any parallel between the suffering and sacrifice of that global conflict and this current storm in a national teacup.
Discussion 29 : 05/01/2014 at 09:30 PM
Typical red shirt response. History proves this with so many attacks like this, especially in Chiang Mai. Sad, really.
Discussion 30 : 05/01/2014 at 09:18 PM
Please go to bed and get some rest. I live in the middle of one of the peaceful red encampments and it ain't pretty. The mind numbing daily political rhetoric with a single focus to turn people into sheeple is not only annoying but dangerous. Turn off the loud speakers and teach people both sides and let them decide. Perhaps you have forgotten far more violent attacks at Chula hospital.
Discussion 31 : 05/01/2014 at 09:18 PM
the true colors of the fugitive's thugs exposed yet again. thaksin thinks, thailand sinks ...
Discussion 32 : 05/01/2014 at 09:13 PM
Yes including your agenda, why is is that there is always violence whenever the Reds are involved especially in Chiang Mai.
Discussion 33 : 05/01/2014 at 09:11 PM
The same could have happened in bangkok on 13 January. PDRC elites had better watched out.
Discussion 34 : 05/01/2014 at 09:10 PM
yes a bit like a bunch of red shirts trying to stage a pro government rally in downtown Surat Thani at this time. The problem with the "na Chiang Mai" and other so called "HISO's" - they think they still own Chiang Mai - like in feudal times before - sure they wish this time back!
Discussion 35 : 05/01/2014 at 08:52 PM
Just Thais waking up to the fact they are staring a fascist regime in the face if they don't do anything about it. Poor week all round, numbers quite clearly well down for Suthep, balooners making a stance, the Internet group yesterday and the headlight group. This is more attention seeking and provocation to try get the Army in on their side and to distract attention from what the other half of the Suthep Team (The Courts) are trying to push through. All the fascists in Europe had to be cleared out at a very high cost of loss of life. Hundreds of Millions in fact.... If they going to push ahead with mob rule, why not fight them?
Discussion 36 : 05/01/2014 at 08:20 PM
Nice speech but this is Thailand, not a developed, educated country that can be softened by sweet words.
Discussion 37 : 05/01/2014 at 08:19 PM
Wow, agenda's all over the place...I get an entirely different picture from Internet discussions from those who witnessed this thing...Trust the media to magnify these terrible Red Shirts attacking those angelic protesters....The contrast couldn't be more glaring when one considers how those protesters were media shielded in their attack at the stadium and the Police hospital.....What, there was violence there???.....
Discussion 38 : 05/01/2014 at 08:08 PM
Here we go the UDD kind of democracy no one can talk apart from them Do as you told kind of democracy UDD Thaksin style
Discussion 39 : 05/01/2014 at 08:06 PM
Lets be honest it was bound to happen.How much more evidence do you need to see a drastic change is needed to the constitution before an election can take place.
Discussion 40 : 05/01/2014 at 08:05 PM
What wasDr. Duantemduang thinking when he planned this demo? Did they really think they were going to gain any ground or change any body's mind in Chiang Mai (Yingluck's Home Town) of all places? Kind of suicidal don't you think?
Discussion 41 : 05/01/2014 at 08:04 PM
In June of last year, Reds physically attacked peaceful "white mask" protestors. Green Politics Group coordinator Suriyasai Katasila called on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and red-shirt leaders to make public their stance on the attack against anti-government protesters by red shirts. PM Yingluck had no comment. Today is the response on behalf of a redshirt leader. Freedom speech and civil liberties apparently have no place in the Red agenda.
Discussion 42 : 05/01/2014 at 07:52 PM
Martin , no one is throwing principles out, rather they want them reinforced. Look what China says about the dangers of corruption. Here , because the boss does it , everyone does it. There were Thai leaders like K. Annand in the recent past who were not morally corrupt. If nothing is done now, one day soon it will have to become like China with a bullet to the head needed to stamp out corruption.
Discussion 43 : 05/01/2014 at 07:46 PM
I don't know of any Democracy ever been born, and living, evoluating, without respect for freedom of speech, and pluralism! Any and every, even little, voice must have the right to express itself freely and be heard, even when very contradictory! This new, unprovoked, concerted act of violence by UDD 'partisans' reasserts the vision of an utterly bleek future for the Kingdom of Thailand when and if the 'one party democracy' of PT, or other Thaksin creation, becomes reality. And it'd confirm, when needed, how much reforms, and radical changes, are in high need, before anything liking a 'free election' might be held in this country!
Discussion 44 : 05/01/2014 at 07:44 PM
I dare you all to keep your red colors on wherever you go, as you are painting yourselves into a corner, and nobody will accept you. Whistle blowing for the rest of their lives for the Shin clan, if not worse, and reds will be persecuted everywhere they show their violent and petty selves.
Discussion 45 : 05/01/2014 at 07:27 PM
Has anything over the course of the past 4 years? Naw, the UDD is just as violent and undemocratic as can be. No regard whatsoever for anyone who expresses a different point of view.
Discussion 46 : 05/01/2014 at 07:22 PM
Please good people of Thailand, lay down your swords and make every effort to work this horrible, explosive situation go away. Look to employ good, honest people, not dim politicians of any color to represent you, the present lot of them are waisting your country! Look to find new, better parties to represent you, the present lots seems to be bumming the same old road of self enrichment and power. Throw overboard despots from all sides and focus on people and parties that work for you, the King and the country. Dismiss your color codes and step into a new cooperative environment. Do not throw hard-gain democratic principles to the dark, you have a glorious future based on equality, tolerance, humility, strength, education and sharing. I support you with all my heart, Thailand is great! from iPhone application.

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