Police target Chaeng Watthana (video)

Police are closing in on the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) rally site at Chaeng Watthana Road in a bid to reclaim the area from anti-government protesters.

PDRC supporters were standing in the road ready to confront riot police, according to a Bangkok Post reporter at the scene.

Police gathered at Laksi this morning before moving in on the Chaeng Watthana rally stage controlled by PDRC protest leader Luang Pu Buddha Issara.

Another group of police attempted to block protesters from getting into the area.

The protest monk's rally site is preventing officials from entering the government complex at Chaeng Watthana.

A giant firecracker was heard exploding nearby this morning.

A separate PDRC group has moved to reinforce demonstrators at the Interior Ministry amid concerns that police will also try to reclaim the occupied agency.

Video by Apichit Jinakul.

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Discussion 1 : 14/02/2014 at 05:24 PM
tcr. There appears to be a direct correlation between the attitude of the authorities and the peacefulness of the demonstrators. I was at Rajaprasong in April 2010 and it was entirely peaceful , most of the people there being middle-aged or older.
Discussion 2 : 14/02/2014 at 04:19 PM
Casuist. You are right. The non-violent state in the current protests is not because the protesters are non-violent. It is because the PTP are not exercising their rights the way the Dems did back then.
Discussion 3 : 14/02/2014 at 02:28 PM
You sitting nice and warm in the US. Here many people suffer and loose everything, for what???? No one will help them, when this is over. Not Taksin, Not Suthep,
Discussion 4 : 14/02/2014 at 02:21 PM
Recommended strategy under the circumstances: Identify the protest leader(s). Adopt an arrow-head formation. cut through the protesters and divided them. When you reach each protest leader, pull him/her into the formation and arrest him/her. Without the protest leader(s), the rest will disperse. By the numbers, it is already clear that the majority are withdrawing from the protests.
Discussion 5 : 14/02/2014 at 02:14 PM
They are mostly old ladies and unarmed people in this picture! 50 max and hundreds of police. No shots have been fired from the protesters, no RPGs. No way you can compare this to 2010. Completely different. Back then, the government forces were faced with extremely violent protesters. Abhisit's convoy had been attacked and people dragged out and beaten. That has happened this time. It's much, much, much more peaceful.
Discussion 6 : 14/02/2014 at 01:50 PM
Yes the mob and crazy monk should just go home. Enough is enough. If they want democracy, go to the election.
Discussion 7 : 14/02/2014 at 01:40 PM
She needs the supportive crowd to give her the impression that she is still the boss ! Reminds me strangely of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales Told for Children, "The Emperor's New Clothes"...
Discussion 8 : 14/02/2014 at 01:24 PM
Yes. you appear to be right. It is very difficult to do anything with at least one arm tied behind your back. If the roles were reversed, what do you think Suthep's method would have involved - and how many dead would there be?
Discussion 9 : 14/02/2014 at 01:13 PM
Chiang mai, Korat and Udon and many other province are well affected, tourists, investors are being turned down and the International community is very worry about a possible non elected government or a coup.
Discussion 10 : 14/02/2014 at 01:12 PM
Watching at the video, how many are those "PDRC supporters who are standing in the road ready to confront riot police" ? 50 and that include the kids ?
Discussion 11 : 14/02/2014 at 12:51 PM
How can these 'mobs' affect people in Chiang Mai Korat Chonburi or Udon. I think your assumption that these 'mobs' cause trouble for all Thailand is a bit rediculous
Discussion 12 : 14/02/2014 at 12:28 PM
The protesters call it " Chalerm Raids " , which means : Announcing the raids, show up and retreat.
Discussion 13 : 14/02/2014 at 12:25 PM
On the contrary, it's time to take all of them!
Discussion 14 : 14/02/2014 at 11:50 AM
I understand the Police are looking to reclaim areas occupied by protesters as the protests are prolonged and having an adverse effect on peoples lives and livelihoods. It's not a brutal crackdown or anything of the kind
Discussion 15 : 14/02/2014 at 11:41 AM
Don't let the Thaksin supported Red Shirt Police take the rally site.
Discussion 16 : 14/02/2014 at 11:25 AM
It is about time. These mobs and the crazy monk have been causing trouble for the people of Thailand for too long.
Discussion 17 : 14/02/2014 at 11:22 AM
Meanwhile, Caretaker PM goes on a family trip.

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