100 injured as second day of clashes shakes capital

Clashes between anti-government demonstrators and police continued for a second day yesterday, spreading to four sites and injuring almost 100 protesters.

Three people were shot, one of whom was seriously wounded, while others mostly suffered from tear gas exposure, the Public Health Ministry reported.

The skirmishes at Pol 1 intersection and Chamai Maruchet bridge, where the clashes broke out on Sunday, resumed in the morning when thousands of protesters tried to break through police barricades to get into the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) and Government House.

Clashes also erupted at Orathai bridge near Government House and at Karn Ruan intersection near parliament.

At all sites, protesters tried to remove giant concrete barriers and cut barbed-wire fences, prompting police to use tear gas and water cannons.

The situation was most tense at Chamai Maruchet bridge where a Bangkok Post reporter saw at least four people, including a Daily News photographer, get shot.

An Al Jazeera car was also shot at, but their crew was not injured. Another Thai reporter sustained head injuries from a hard object hurled at him.

A field hospital was set up at the nearby Royal Turf Club in the Nang Loeng area where hundreds of protesters who were injured during the Chamai Maruchet and Orathai clashes streamed in to seek first aid. They mostly suffered eye and skin irritation and bruises.

Ambulances were stationed at the site to transfer serious cases to hospitals.

About 7pm, protesters tried to remove concrete barriers at Chamai Maruchet bridge with a bulldozer, prompting police to fire tear gas at them. The clashes were continuing as of press time.

At Orathai bridge, another group of protesters, mostly vocational students, attacked police guarding Government House with rocks and water bottles. Police fired back with tear gas. Protesters failed to break the police line and retreated to Nang Loeng in the evening.

At Pol 1 intersection, protesters yesterday successfully removed three of four layers of concrete barriers, allowing them to move closer to the MPB. As the clash escalated, deputy Bangkok governor Asawin Kwanmuang arrived at the MPB and held talks with deputy police chief Worapong Chewpreecha.

Following the talks, police said they would move back five metres and the protesters agreed to cease their attacks.

At Karn Ruan intersection, at least 10 protesters were injured during the day-long clash as they tried to break through police barricades to proceed to parliament.

Apart from deploying a bulldozer to remove concrete barriers, the protesters also used giant fans to blow back tear gas police fired at them.

Sacks were delivered to the clash sites and protesters soaked them in water and used them to cover tear gas canisters hurled at them. The sodden sacks helped prevent the tear gas spreading.

Earlier in the day, protest leader Chumpol Jullasai announced at Democracy Monument that the protesters planned to spray faeces from faecal suction trucks at police who use tear gas to prevent them from occupying government offices.

However, there were no reports of protesters using faeces yesterday.

The Public Health Ministry reported that a total of 221 people were injured and three killed in the unrest in Bangkok from Saturday until 4pm yesterday.

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Discussion 1 : 03/12/2013 at 06:34 PM
In the USA yes, the 2 party system is a farce. In Europe many countries are split into conservative and socialist. It seems to work much better. But the 2 parties in Thailand are both pro-big business and want to fill their own pocket first.
Discussion 2 : 03/12/2013 at 06:20 PM
Abandon two party systems, they are never democratic no matter what country you live in. All over the world people are waking up to the illusion. Easily criticised and difficult to find alternatives. It is obvious that a beauty pagent shoud be held with regional finalists fron the north, north east, central and the south battling it out for the top job based on electronic voting the entire way through.
Discussion 3 : 03/12/2013 at 06:18 PM
@Phrae So you are suggesting that you're not against violence. Only against violence when it's aimed at the political party you support.
Discussion 4 : 03/12/2013 at 03:08 PM
Actually it is only about Yingluck and Thaksin
Discussion 5 : 03/12/2013 at 02:09 PM
I also see your point, but perhaps they saw the errors of their ways and realize that violence is not the answer.
Discussion 6 : 03/12/2013 at 11:08 AM
I find it hypocritical for people who defending the protesting today were denouncing protesting in 2010.
Discussion 7 : 03/12/2013 at 11:06 AM
If so,why hasn't the PM stepped down or dissolved parliament weeks ago? Could it be that Thaksin knows his support-base is rapidly dwindling and the vote might be against them this time around? I wonder. The same reason Thaksin "boycotted" the upcoming by-election yesterday. We can't risk losing face,now can we?
Discussion 8 : 03/12/2013 at 10:19 AM
Simple. Thailand need to transcend beyond Shinawatra rule. Over 12 years is too long. We must remove their political influence at all cost. It has come this far, I think we all know the ultimate end.
Discussion 9 : 03/12/2013 at 10:02 AM
"I believe that no-one wants to see a repeat of history, where we saw the people suffer and lose their lives,'' PM Yingluck. What patience and grace she is showing ---- versus the live ammunition used by Suthep. People are so closed minded that they cannot even acknowledge the peaceful, roper manner Yingluck is handling this - versus mobs using illegal tactics to force their minority view on the country.
Discussion 10 : 03/12/2013 at 09:34 AM
I totally agree with you, but I also want to add the fact that if Suthep says he is protesting " FOR " democracy, why then is he proposing a " peoples counsil " which is undemocratic?
Discussion 11 : 03/12/2013 at 09:22 AM
This is not about Yingluck or Thaksin. The mob is attempting to overthrow a democratically elected government freely chosen by the people of Thailand. The police are defending the right of the Thai people to elect their leaders and defending against Khun Suthep's demand that he appoint them.
Discussion 12 : 03/12/2013 at 09:07 AM
Your point, and other issues over the years, demonstrate how the principles of democracy are not so much principles as much as they are tools of convenience. They are proclaimed to be the foundation of liberty when the situation suits one side and then ignored when the situation changes and they become a detriment. The flip flopping by all sides in recent years suggests that Thailand is a name only democracy. A constitution should not be a menu where one picks and chooses what is wanted at any given time.
Discussion 13 : 03/12/2013 at 08:46 AM
You are totally correct !
Discussion 14 : 03/12/2013 at 08:46 AM
At last voices of reason. This is the time for talk not violence. If mob rules and wins then another mob will simply replace them. Talk please.
Discussion 15 : 03/12/2013 at 08:46 AM
You are totally incorrect, there is no funded armed militia, no fortress, they wear black in respect to their patriarch who was the leader of the Buddhist culture that makes Thailand a very special place in the world, they are rightfully protesting to maintain their place as Thai People, not wearing red in the name of some business man who is undermining the principles of the nation for his own gain.
Discussion 16 : 03/12/2013 at 08:38 AM
demagogue 1: "I also find it very interesting that the very people that defended the actions of the armed protestors in 2010 are denouncing the actions of these protestors today." Today, the protesters are attempting to overthrow a democratically elected government. In 2010, this was not true. Democracy is not the only legitimate form of government, but it is hard to get people to vote to install anything else.
Discussion 17 : 03/12/2013 at 08:26 AM
Deja Vu, don't you think? Remind you of 2010?
Discussion 18 : 03/12/2013 at 08:25 AM
@Phohsa well they've can go campaign for the next election day or wait until election day come. But they cannot overthrow legitimately elected it's under constitution law.
Discussion 19 : 03/12/2013 at 08:13 AM
I totally agree. They should make a law (or may be there is one) that a demonstration can only last for, let say 8 hours during daytime. That is enough time to show your opinion. Everything else is not a demonstration anymore, because normal people are working 5 to 6 days a week and with an unemployment rate of nearly 0% everybody has to work somehow. The remaining people... make you one picture.
Discussion 20 : 03/12/2013 at 08:06 AM
There's one person that end this whole thing by just saying "This time I will stay out of politics for good, I'm rich enough and I don't need to rape Thailand and it's people anymore and I'll come back and serve my two year sentence which was just." But the megalomaniac in the desert would never do anything for his country. It's all about him.
Discussion 21 : 03/12/2013 at 08:06 AM
I am 100% with you. Protest is a peaceful act. Thailand has 200.000 Policeman. Bring them there to arrest the violent people. This are trouble makers and I would not be surprised if many of them fight in 2010 on the red side
Discussion 22 : 03/12/2013 at 07:59 AM
I strongly condemn these actions. I also find it very interesting that the very people that defended the actions of the armed protestors in 2010 are denouncing the actions of these protestors today.
Discussion 23 : 03/12/2013 at 07:57 AM
It is clear that the main fighting force of the protesters are the occupational students, students who frequently mindlessly attack each other, Suthep has simply talked them into attacking the police, a common target of rebellious youth. Where are the women and children that we saw at the earlier peaceful rallies? This is no longer a political rally, it is a blatant attempt at grabbing power by force.
Discussion 24 : 03/12/2013 at 07:51 AM
We all new that it would end in violence. If the government had forced the protesters back before then maybe there would have been some violence but it would have been all over by now.
Discussion 25 : 03/12/2013 at 07:47 AM
I don't care for either political party but when the Democrats were in power i did not see anything different then now,just different parties at the through.
Discussion 26 : 03/12/2013 at 07:47 AM
So much for peaceful protests, the leaders lied to get people onto the streets, and how the sheep flocked together, now how do they feel, seeing these violent scenes of extremists rioting against the authorities with a total disregard for the rule of law, people from all walks of life, teachers, office workers, doctors and nurses, i don't think so, they should be ashamed.
Discussion 27 : 03/12/2013 at 07:39 AM
This is a carbon copy of what the red shirts did previously and it will be repeated again if the government handles it the same way, which they are. This is NOT the way forward for Thailand. This is the way to have perpetual riots. Suthep needs to be arrested as soon as possible. Stop talking about it and DO IT.
Discussion 28 : 03/12/2013 at 07:21 AM
Riots and breaking the law by the masses is extreme measures, but i totally understand why they are doing it. The people are tired of the lies, corruption,macroeconomic mismanagement and infrastructure program incompetence. This has caused the tipping point of no return and clearly it's been on the hearts and minds of many Thais, for them the rotten apple (Pheu Thai Party) needs to be removed before it spoils them all. Leaders need to lead by example, and as we all know great power, comes great responsibility, tragically none of these traits have been demonstrated.
Discussion 29 : 03/12/2013 at 07:03 AM
Protesters are passing the red line that wasn't police to blamed for there injured. I m sure the policemen give them the warrant used a loud speakers.
Discussion 30 : 03/12/2013 at 07:01 AM
I am with you 100%, protest peacefully so that you don't tarnish Thailand's reputation.
Discussion 31 : 03/12/2013 at 07:00 AM
I'm surprised they can keep going so long without having an income.
Discussion 32 : 03/12/2013 at 06:57 AM
BBC and CNN best describe the situation as thuggery. Politics have left the agenda and now only the young thugs are battling while the old oposition leaders fan the sentiment from the back.
Discussion 33 : 03/12/2013 at 06:47 AM
From all of the photos and reporting that i have seen and read on Bangkok Post these protesters are nothing but hooligans,peaceful protesters do not bring bulldozers to their protests rocks and sling shots.
Discussion 34 : 03/12/2013 at 06:41 AM
It is very sad to see all these killed people (3 red 1 yellow) or injured (mainly protesters). It is stupid because Yinluck makes his best effort to answer to the demands of them and as all the doors are opened to find a peaceful solution. Suthep treat his partisans, in particular young students easily excited, for a cause which is currently no more than his: He does not want to assume his responsibilities in passing in front of a court to be judged and that’s the reason of this new stupid violence.
Discussion 35 : 03/12/2013 at 06:32 AM
Everyone needs to obey the law, even the government. That's what the protests are about.
Discussion 36 : 03/12/2013 at 06:28 AM
Poor officer they've just try to do there jobs.
Discussion 37 : 03/12/2013 at 02:26 AM
These protesters are breaking the law and if they get injured it's just too bad. If someone tried to break into your home you would use force to stop them. These people are breakdng the law and instead of treating them arrest them.

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