183 PDRC protesters arrested

A total of 183 People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters were arrested in Tuesday’s operations to reclaim Ratchadamnoen Avenue and the Energy Ministry rally sites, Royal Thai Police spokesman Piya Uthayo said on Tuesday.

Of the 183 arrested demonstrators, 144 had been rallying at the energy ministry complex on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, which also houses PTT headquarters. The group of arrested protesters at the rally site led by Thai Energy Reform Council representative and PDRC member Rawee Maschamadol included 48 women.

The remaining 39 detainees were brought in from the rally stage at Pan Fah Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Pol Maj Gen Piya said. 

All were being held at the Region 1 Border Patrol Police head office in Khlong Luang district of Pathum Thani. They face charges of leading an illegal gathering of 10 or more people in violation of sections 215 and 216 of the Criminal Code, and leading an illegal assembly of five or more people in violation of the emergency decree. 

The protesters captured at the Energy Ministry would also be charged with trespassing, Pol Maj Gen Piya said. 

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Discussion 1 : 19/02/2014 at 11:37 AM
Doesn't matter if the group is armed or dangerous, this information just allows the authorities to be extra careful when dealing with a mob. The fact that these protesters are in breach of trespassing and encroachment, in addition to resisting arrests, infringement of other people rights are all arrest worthy crimes no matter how beautiful you try to paint it as (non violent i suppose). The above does not take in account of break in and being a public nuisance yet. People going to seek a criminal advice is not right and should be persecuted. But a tit for tat argument you presented is not the situation Thailand needs
Discussion 2 : 19/02/2014 at 07:17 AM
How many of these 183 arrested people were armed and dangerous? Was their only crime to assemble with other likeminded people to protest against this government? At the same time many of our politicians travel to see a criminal fugitive to receive “advise”. But nobody of them is even prosecuted? What is the bigger crime here? Protesting (mostly) peacefully against a corrupt regime or aiding and abetting a criminal fugitive and taking orders from him?
Discussion 3 : 19/02/2014 at 06:37 AM
People need to get a grip on reality, corruption is an every day thing in thailand regardless who is in. All thais know this. It will not change Handing power back to the elite is all this is about. As much as thaksin was a crook dont ever think the next lot are goung to be any better. think of the word LOGIC it does not apply in Thailand
Discussion 4 : 19/02/2014 at 06:33 AM
Now this it is known that storming ministries, Tv stations, blocking Government House, stop and intimidate people who intend to vote, use of riffles and grenades during self declared "non violent" rallies, having the aim to overthrown an elected government to put in place its own not elected structure to govern etc etc are part of the democratic right to protest against a government, it will certainly change many things, including methods used by the future opposition, in Thailand.
Discussion 5 : 19/02/2014 at 01:17 AM
The police are there to maintain law and order and so far, it looks like many of the criminal PDRC-protesters will be taken care of. Now, the criminal Suthep also needs to get arrested and put into custody so that Bangkok should be able to recover from this madness.
Discussion 6 : 19/02/2014 at 12:59 AM
Reclaiming of government property means "reclaiming" and attacks on police is to be countered with appropriate force, not pieces of straws.
Discussion 7 : 18/02/2014 at 10:46 PM
The emergency decree was uncalled for, the police are loyal to the criminal fugitive Thaksin and now they are firing lime ammunition at protesters (again). The entire police force of Bangkok should be arrested and their senior officers jailed.

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