Another Clash In Din Daeng Between Anti-Gov Protesters And Police Results In 78 Arrests

78 people, including bystanders, volunteer medics, and underage people, were arrested after protesters and police clashed at Din Daeng. Thailand Lawyers for Human Rights observed and reported on the arrests of those taken into custody in several different police facilities.
Twenty of the 78 people arrested were not protestors, but food vendors and taxi drivers on-site, and nine others were minors. In August, protestors demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha led to at least 225 arrests, 62 of them between the ages of 15 and 18, and 15 under the age of 15.
A total of 25 volunteer medics were also taken into custody last night and transferred from the Royal Thai Army Band Department headquarters to Din Daeng Police Station before being released this afternoon. Police denied the held access to a lawyer because they were not charged, so they didn’t need one. In the future, the medics were instructed to register with the Metropolitan Police and observe curfews.
The police also refused lawyers access to the police station, which was set up like a war zone, with armed guards wearing bulletproof vests, surrounded by razor wire, and with the lights turned off inside.
Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the protesters, who threw small explosives and firecrackers back. 15 minutes before the 9 pm curfew, tear gas was used to disperse protesters, and it was reported that tear gas was also fired into nearby homes, causing angry residents to come out of their homes while being threatened with arrest.
iLaw and Voice TV reported that police surrounded an apartment building and searched for protesters inside, pelting the building with marbles, rubber bullets, and tear gas in order to flush out the protesters. There was significant damage to the building, and residents were forced to flee their homes.
Journalists reported being pushed out of the areas, having their credentials checked, and having their live broadcasts cut. During the protest, many journalists were threatened with arrest for violating the emergency decree.

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