Shots fired at Chaeng Wattana

Motorcyclists fired shots at anti-government protest guards stationed in the Chaeng Wattana road area early Monday morning. There was no report of any injury.

Protesters under the People’s Democratic Reform Committee banner have closed outbound Chaeng Wattana road at the entrance to the Government Complex, as part of their Bangkok shutdown operation.

The inbound lanes to Vibhavidi Rangsit road have  been opened to traffic. A motorcylist on an inbound lane  fired gunshots at the guards stationed in front of Thailand Post about 3am Monday. The guards used firecrackers to chase  off the attacker, Post Today reported.

Shortly afterward a similar attack occurred on guards stationed at Soi Chaeng Wattana 14.

There were no reports of any injuries

Elsewhere, a posting on the Policespokesmen Facebook page said Sgt Panjathep Tanawichai, 25, was arrested on Sunday night  for carrying gun and ammunition in a restricted area without a good reason. Police stopped his motorcycle about 10.40pm Sunday at a checkpoint on Kamphaengphet road in Chatuchak district.

The police found an 11mm gun, with three magazines and 25 bullets.

Earlier at 10.30pm, police at the Phra Phuttha Yodfa Bridge checkpoint stopped a car and found it to contain several items that could be used as weapons, including five knives, two rice sickles, wood planks, steel bars and catapults, along with some fake plastic grenades.

The driver, Sumet Somarsa, 36, was arrested on a charge of carrying hand-held weapons and items that could be used as weapons in the public without a good reason. 

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 20/01/2014 at 03:57 PM
A good reason for carrying a gun and ammunition in a restricted area would be ...what?
Discussion 2 : 20/01/2014 at 12:59 PM
Enough with debating the gunmen and bombers - you're not getting deep enough into the root causes, as this massive power struggle plays out. Democracy does not exist in Thailand - so you can forget that too, as the USA, China and Mr. T. all vie for the hearts, minds, wealth and strategic influence of this beautiful country. The only losers in the current scenario are the Thai people - not red or yellow, but all of them. The madness must be stopped. from Playbook application.
Discussion 3 : 20/01/2014 at 12:47 PM
If you were going to put them in a field, you'd put them in Bang Khen army base with the tented army there. They would be safe, fed, and the army is still camped there since army day, so it can protect them.
Discussion 4 : 20/01/2014 at 12:07 PM
I`m positive that all remaining protesters would fit into Sanam Luang, if not give them a second place to camp with their tents and vehicles. Such an area would be easy to protect and guarantee security. Let the army take care for their protection as they don`t trust the police. But of course that wouldn`t shut down Bangkok and it would not lead to escalation and no intervention of the military would be neccessairy and the the democratic process could take place. But Lifes and billions of baht would be safed. What is best for the country Mr Suthep?
Discussion 5 : 20/01/2014 at 12:03 PM
They are police, this country can be dangerous. What more rwason do you need? I would love to live in a world without weapons and violence, but frankly that world don't exist. Flower power is dead so check your beliefs against reality before you write next time.
Discussion 6 : 20/01/2014 at 11:42 AM
Birdie. You are quite right. In Singapore, if you carry a handgun, it is life sentence or death. If you shoot, it is death sentence regardless whether you hit someone. The law assumes you intend to hurt or kill someone.
Discussion 7 : 20/01/2014 at 11:22 AM
Isn't it time to remove the barriers? Let the protestors protest, but clear the barriers and open the main roads. There just aren't enough protestors left to justify closing the middle of Bangkok for them.
Discussion 8 : 20/01/2014 at 11:20 AM
So why are these laws not enforced? What is fundementally wrong? I suppose we can take comfort from the fact people are being arrested, even if that is for carrying items which 'could be used as weapons'. Better leave my umbrella at home, just in case!
Discussion 9 : 20/01/2014 at 11:07 AM
It is ridiculous what they doing ,closing Chaeng Wattana, and foreigners cannot extend their Visa's,really they are destructing for foreigners to stay in Thailand, and foreign investors find other countries,it is better for ALL to give up himself to the police as he has 2 warrents already.
Discussion 10 : 20/01/2014 at 11:06 AM
Do Police need to ask the culprits question? Can there be any good reason for carrying these killing weapons in the public? Of course not! How about claiming to be self-defense? Can the police accept such reason? There can only be intention to hurt or kill people, nothing else!
Discussion 11 : 20/01/2014 at 10:51 AM
The problem with crime in Thailand is not about passing laws, but about enforcing them. If all the existing laws were consistently and effectively enforced, we'd be living in a much much safer place.
Discussion 12 : 20/01/2014 at 10:37 AM
Why all these shootings? What is the ultimate sentence faced by the culprit if being arrested? Such a case in Singapore is a sure death sentence or life imprisonment if not fired. Simply enact the gun law to meet such mandatory sentencing and we shall see who dares to carry firearms around.

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