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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