Protesters deface police HQ sign

Protesters under the Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand (NSPRT) on Wednesday morning defaced the building name sign of the Royal Thai Police headquarters on Rama 1 Road.

The action prompted police to release a video clip of the incident via the Policespokesmen Facebook page, warning that those responsible had breached the law prohibiting the destruction of state property. 

Around NSPRT 500 protesters began marching from their base at Chamai Maruchet Bridge to the national police office shortly before 11am this morning. Uthai Yodmanee, the group’s leader, demanded national police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew report to protesters and told officers to pack up their belongings and leave the building within one hour.

Mr Uthai also criticised Pol Gen Adul for his role as the deputy chief of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order and told protesters to remove the word “national” from the sign.He later told them to remove all of the sign's letters after noticing they were being filmed. Once the protesters had finished all Thai and English wording had been removed from the sign and replaced with a spray-paint abbreviation of the group’s name.

The protesters rested to have lunch in front of the police building. Before moving on, the protesters cut the chain which they had earlier placed on the gates of the police office.

No protesters entered the police office compound during the incident. 

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Discussion 1 : 22/01/2014 at 09:01 PM
These are the educated people of Bangkok, attempting to eradicate from Thailand anybody that does not follow their lead. These are not buffalo's who should not be allowed to vote. You should show more respect to people who have sacrificed so much for your future.
Discussion 2 : 22/01/2014 at 08:45 PM
Police forces the world over should be proud to serve and to protect - the people that is. However, they often become accountable to no one but the government. Thai police force fought very hard to operate without judicial review and the seperation of investigative duty and autopsy examination. Making matter worst, virtually all top brasses are now TS's appointees - a fugitive convicted of abuse of power. Go figure.
Discussion 3 : 22/01/2014 at 06:58 PM
The year is now 2014. ...time to move on up to the modern world. ..joninnak........there is no room in the world today for "an eye for eye".....leave it with the warlords of old.....
Discussion 4 : 22/01/2014 at 06:51 PM
If your only concern is Thailand's image, you will have to put up with !!! Thailand was already a laughing stock before the mass protests started...being under the control of a coward fugitive !
Discussion 5 : 22/01/2014 at 06:33 PM
I guess they are sending a message to Dubai :) If you want to worry about wasted public money then add up the Rice Scam and others .. then Weep :(
Discussion 6 : 22/01/2014 at 06:26 PM
They are vandals not protesters. Do you think they are interested in politics ? The collective IQ of that lot would be somewhere between H1N1 and platyhelminthes.
Discussion 7 : 22/01/2014 at 06:24 PM
The Thai police are unable to protect their own HQ. Is there anything the police can do - except collecting bribes? Will the government now command the soldiers to protect the police HQ because the police are unable to do it? Why do we have police at all? They are useless!
Discussion 8 : 22/01/2014 at 06:00 PM
How many red shirts were arrested when they defaced the monuments and surrounding roads in 2010? Who paid for the cleaning up and repair works?
Discussion 9 : 22/01/2014 at 05:56 PM
Meanwhile the police stayed inside headquarters.
Discussion 10 : 22/01/2014 at 05:48 PM
This lawlessness must stop. Start arresting all of them before Thailand becomes a laughing stock. Outrageous behaviour and a glimpse of life in sutheps brave new world
Discussion 11 : 22/01/2014 at 05:37 PM
How ever make a comment believe Thai Police not Corrupt ! You must be all lucky people or you are ignorant !
Discussion 12 : 22/01/2014 at 05:26 PM
So this is an example of peace loving protestors? It is impossible to believe the impunity these vandals have in their quest to unseat this government. It is scary to think what these people would be like if they had any power to speak. Sounds like the cultural revolution all over again and the world knows how many innocent people suffered as a result. The latest only brings shame on Thailand.......it is not something to be applauded!
Discussion 13 : 22/01/2014 at 05:12 PM
Act of unforgivable vandalism. Public property shouldn't be vandalized.
Discussion 14 : 22/01/2014 at 04:52 PM
Where are the police? ?????...These people are destroying public property! !!!.....when or better still IF they are arrested,they should be made pay for all damages plus a heavy fine......you cannot go around wrecking things. ....absolutely dumbfounded with what is hapoening in this country....
Discussion 15 : 22/01/2014 at 04:45 PM
Correct me if I am wrong here, point 1 of the Emergency Measures states 'To arrest and detain persons suspected of having a role in causing and instigating the emergency situation'. Uthai Yodmanee, the group’s leader must surely fall into that cetegory!?!?! And what did thay do after they finished defacing the sign? They sat down and had lunch in front of the building!!!! You have got to be joking, that single action has made a mockery of the emergency measures.
Discussion 16 : 22/01/2014 at 04:42 PM
Why do people do these sorts of things? The repair work will be a waste of public money, money that could be spent on other public improvements.

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