2 Jan 2014
9:11 pm

Representing 386 villagers of Ban Kai, Muang district, Mr Srisuwan Janya of the Anti-Global Warming Association charged that the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand had allowed a contractor of IRPC company to start construction in the industrial estate in violation of the ruling of the Rayong Administrative Court against the industrial estate project.

IRPC however appealed against the Administrative Court’s ruling to the Supreme Administrative Court.  While the case is still pending with the high court, IRPC has carried on with the construction as IEAT has stood idly by and done nothing at all, said Srisuwan.

 

2 Jan 2014
8:36 pm

The demonstrating policemen represented police from eight northeastern provinces under the jurisdiction of the Third Regional Police Bureau which covers  Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Buri Ram, Surin, Yasothon, Ubon Ratchathani, Amnart Charoen and Si Sa Ket.

They were led by Pol Lt-Gen Thirasak Klinpong, commissioner of Third Regional Police Bureau.

The police claimed that they were insulted and mistreated by the anti-government protesters.

2 Jan 2014
11:03 am

Bang Sue police said that of the four dead, they are motocycle-taxi drivers at the bus terminal, while another is a youth from KM 11 community of Bang Sue area.

Forensic police collected more than 30 cases of spent .22 caliber and 9 m.m. cartridges from the scene of shootings.

The police said that before the shooting started a group of youths from Km 11 community were seen playing games inside an Internet café at the bus terminal. Their playing annoyed a group of motorcycle taxi drivers who were drinking liquor at the taxi queue. A fist fight started and ended with the youths fleeing from the scene before they were outnumbered by the motorcycle taxi drivers.

But 10 minutes later  the KM 11 community youths returned with more people and started shootings at the motorcycle taxi drivers. The brief shootings and fighting ended with three killed at the scene and eight wounded. Two died later at hospital.

Police said they retrieved a video footage showing the face of a youth in the shooting. They are now hunting for the youth and other collaborators for trial.

 

1 Jan 2014
1:33 pm

At least 5,000 protesters gathered at various points here before walking towards DataranMerdeka and breaching three barricades to enter the historic site. Witnesses say the number could reach 10,000, although the chairman of GerakanTurun Kos Sara Hidup (Turun) Azan Safar claimed that 50,000 protesters were there.

Police say they will investigate two offences by the protesters who barged through the barricades and prevented officers from carrying out their duties.  Two policemen were injured. No arrests were made.

Revellers were seen leaving the square in frustration minutes after midnight, when there was no countdown to mark the New Year.

The protesters had earlier stormed into the square before staging a sit-in in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad building.  Their loud chants and boos forced the celebration organisers to stop performances about half an hour before midnight.

The brightly-lit stage went dark to the disappointment of many visitors who had come to witness the celebration.

In stark contrast, the celebrations in other parts of the country went smoothly and peacefully. In Putrajaya, 30km away from the capital, 150,000 revellers flocked the federal administrative capital to greet the new year with a bang at the “Ambang 2014 Putrajaya” concert.

In Penang, more than 100,000 merrymakers went about celebrating the new year without disruptions.

 

1 Jan 2014
12:19 pm

The 15 candidates from Pheu Thai, Bhumjai Thai, Chart Thai Pattana and Palang Sahakorn have, so far, unable to register their constituency candidacy because protesters from the People’s Democratic Reform Committee have laid siege to the election centre since December 28 preventing both the election officials and the candidates from getting in.

The group has submitted a letter to the provincial election director proposing that the venue of the candidacy registration should be shifted to Phrayarisadanupradit barrack in Huey Yod district.

The group cited the case in Nakhon Si Thammarat were the registration venue was changed to a border patrol police camp and a helicopter was used to fly candidates in and out of the camp.

But Mr Saneh Rakrong, the Trang election director, insisted that the Muang district’s municipal stadium would continue to be used as the registration venue despite the protests.

He said he could make the decision to change the venue and had to wait for an instruction from the Election Commission in Bangkok because holding the candidacy registration in an army camp might solicit criticisms and the process might be seen as not transparent.

Meanwhile in Nakhon Si Thammarat, protesters have blocked the entrance and exit of the Srinakharin border patrol police camp to prevent the remaining candidates to register.

There are nine constituencies in the province.  Registration has been completed in seven constituencies with two still yet to be completed.

1 Jan 2014
11:38 am

Initial police report said that the two groups of people had a conflict before.  Shortly after midnight, a group of residents of the Chatuchak community allegedly attacked the motorcycle taxi-drivers at the entrance to the bus terminal.

In the course of the scuffle, several gunshots were fired resulting to the death of two motorbike taxi drivers and one residents.  Eight others from both sides were also injured.

28 Dec 2013
2:48 pm

The source dismissed suspicion by protesters that the black-coloured bullets are shotgun bullets used by the police to fire at protesters at the youth centre which is not true.

He, however, disclosed that the black-coloured rubber bullets are more powerful and more accurate than the red ones but they are not lethal.  The black bullets were bought two months ago, he said.

The source further explained that the one-foot long blue-coloured tube which was also suspected by the porters as explosives were, in fact,  tear gas canisters which are used by means of throwing but they can travel up to 100  metres with the help of the gas inside the canisters.

He disclosed the new type of tear gas canisters were bought from the United States at a cost of 3,000 baht apiece.

None of the rubber bullets and tear gas were lethal, said the source, adding that if live ammunition had actually been used by the police, several protesters would have been killed.

28 Dec 2013
11:04 am

 

Unknown number of gunmen came in a sedan and when it arrived near the rear of the stage where  activists were  addressing the crowd,  they lowered the rear side windshield and opened fire.

Killed was Chamriang Jitwat, a resident from Bang Saphan district of Prachuab Khiri Khan.

26 Dec 2013
10:28 pm

The curfew was announced by the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) invoking the Internal Security Act which has been enforced in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Lat Lookm Kaew district of Pathum Thani and Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan.  It became effective as of Thursday.

Besides the youth centre, the curfew covers Mitmaitree and Prachasongkroh roads, sidewalks, klongs and public places within 50-metre radius from the centre.

People who are deemed troublemakers or who have tendency to incite unrest or rebellion against the authorities will be barred from getting in or out the areas covered by the curfew unless there is a permission from the authorities.

Motorists or pedestrians who want to use the aforementioned roads will have to seek permission from the authorities first.

 

26 Dec 2013
7:08 pm

Protesters who had been rallying in front of the house of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra since late Thursday morning dispersed and returned to Ratchadamnoen Avenue at about 5 pm.

About 2,000 people joined the protest which was led by Ms Anchalee Praireerat. The protest was peaceful but noisy as speakers took to the mobile stage to blast Ms Yingluck on various issues.

About 300 policemen were deployed at the scene to prevent protesters from getting into the compound of the house.