Police retreat from Chaeng Watthana

Police are withdrawing from Chaeng Watthana Road after a stand-off with demonstrators at the anti-government rally site led by Luang Pu Buddha Issara.

Riot police began pulling back from the road at 11.30am. They announced that their attempt to clear the site was a symbolic gesture that officials intend to reclaim Chaeng Watthana government complex from protesters, a Bangkok Post reporter at the scene said.

People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters blew whistles as the police retreated.

Officers assembled in nearby Laksi at around 8am before attempting to retake the rally site, prompting Luang Pu Buddha Issara and rally organisers to call on people to block the efforts of the authorities.

Police had advanced to within 50 metres of protesters before withdrawing to at least 200 metres apart.

Around 1,000 police deployed in the area were from the Provincial Police Region 1, the Pacific news centre reported.

Chaeng Watthana is one of four PDRC rally sites. The anti-government group's other rally stages are at Pathumwan, Lumpini, Ratchaprasong and Asok intersections.

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Discussion 1 : 16/02/2014 at 07:06 AM
That is the same comments China makes about the Dali Lama.
Discussion 2 : 15/02/2014 at 07:48 AM
A 'symbolic gesture' by the police? More like running scared ...
Discussion 3 : 14/02/2014 at 07:17 PM
That will arrive soon, then many of the CAPO will run away to join their boss.
Discussion 4 : 14/02/2014 at 07:09 PM
hopefully one day very soon!
Discussion 5 : 14/02/2014 at 07:06 PM
red shirt blue shirt yellow shirt , there are no winners in this mess, corruption is in evry part of thai societyand until that changes nothing changes, FACT.
Discussion 6 : 14/02/2014 at 06:51 PM
The PDRC monk is too confident that he'll be privileged and untouched during the actual police reclaim operation later.
Discussion 7 : 14/02/2014 at 05:55 PM
Arnon you need to think back, the white shirts are red shirts pretending to be someone else and the multi-color group was anti Thaksin.
Discussion 8 : 14/02/2014 at 05:48 PM
I often get panhandled for money by monks while walking around tourist areas. Very dubious practice and soooo Thailand
Discussion 9 : 14/02/2014 at 05:07 PM
We don't care if this monk is good or bad but he has got the guts to help the people to topple this corrupt government.
Discussion 10 : 14/02/2014 at 04:51 PM
Hi farang... Please do not fall into the "either-or / us-them" trap that is poisoning Thailand. I support unfettered elections and free speech, no more military coups, and dialogue, negotiations & (a slow process of) reform & I never wore a Red (or Yellow) shirt! Simplification of complex issues is not the answer or the way forward.
Discussion 11 : 14/02/2014 at 04:17 PM
After everything will be done, Thailand will never look the same. No Yingluck and no brother, no democratic party and less fear for all the people. It takes a lot of time, but it will happen.
Discussion 12 : 14/02/2014 at 02:17 PM
This monk is a disgrace. He is just an attention seeking trouble maker, and certainly not sticking to the budhist principles. He takes money from women (as seen in plently of videos), and is not looking for any enlightenedment - perhaps he should join that other monk over in LA and live the high life.
Discussion 13 : 14/02/2014 at 02:16 PM
basic syc ops, such as noise and adverse living conditions, could be employed quite easily to help regain desired areas from the protestors
Discussion 14 : 14/02/2014 at 02:07 PM
The police leaders and CAPO might want to consider that one day TS and company will not be in power.
Discussion 15 : 14/02/2014 at 02:04 PM
In Thailand there is much more people than the red, yellow or black shirts. I personally prefer the white or multi coloured one.
Discussion 16 : 14/02/2014 at 02:02 PM
So much for the rule of law...
Discussion 17 : 14/02/2014 at 01:56 PM
I expect the red-shirt commenters here will declare this to be some sort of victory...
Discussion 18 : 14/02/2014 at 01:39 PM
The police only made a symbolic gesture that the rally site near the Government Complex was a target for the Authorities to take back, and then pulled back. The account is both interesting and amazing. What else is new?
Discussion 19 : 14/02/2014 at 01:34 PM
If the police pull back, does this indicate that the Red and or Black shirts will be there soon?

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