Luang Pu Buddha Iara, former abbot of Wat Or Noi in Nakhon Pathom, said through a loudspeaker that the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) wanted to pass through the protest site of the pro-government People's Radio for Democracy Group (PRDG) to get to the Government Lottery Office (GLO) headquarters.
"The GLO still owes us 200,000 baht from a rice deal but we need to get through the NACC office first," the monk said.
The anti-government protesters, who left their Chaeng Wattana rally site on Saturday morning, later used tractors to knock down tents and barriers at the PRDG site. Two gunshots were fired and the pro-government demonstrators threw rocks at the opposing group but failed to protect their site.
The PDRC was also able to capture one of the pro-government demonstrators who allegedly tried to attack Luang Pu Buddha Isara with a knife.