Thai anti-gov't protesters clash with police in Bangkok

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 09:10 hrs

-ANI): Opposition Democrat Party on Saturday condemned the government for having police fire tear gas at anti-government demonstrators.

Democracy Party Spokesman Chawanon Intharakomalsut told a press briefing Saturday that the government should not use the tear gas at demonstrators which resulted in the injury of five protesters.

According to the Thai Public Broadcasting Service (TPBS), four protesters suffered from tear gas and one has a small wound in the head.

The Democrat spokesman said the government must be held responsible for the use of violence and tear gas firing against the protesters.

More than 100 anti-government protesters have been detained for interrogation after the clash with police Saturday morning, authority said.

About 500 anti-government protesters clashed with police Saturday morning, cut barbed wires and drive truck to hit barricade and riot police, causing the injuries to 10 people, including police and protesters.

The confrontation occurred at the Makkawan Bridge at 10:40 a.m. Saturday when supporters of anti-government Pitak Siam group tried to break through the police barricades to join the rally at designated venue at the Royal Plaza.

Several companies of riot-control police were deployed at Makkawan bridge, prohibiting people from passing through the Ratchadamnoen Nok avenue, along which many official buildings including the government house located. The police earlier claimed they received intelligence reports that the anti-government protesters would seek to seize the government house.

The ISA gives the government greater powers to detain protesters, block routes, impose curfews, ban public gatherings and carry out searches of buildings.

The pro-establishment Pitak Siam (meaning Protecting Siam) is led by retired army general Boonlert Kaewprasit. They accused administration of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinwatra of corruption, failing to administrate the country and being proxy of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawara.

The group has close ties with the pro-estalbihsment, royalist Yellow-shirted People's Alliance for Democracy, who seized Bangkok international airport in 2008. (ANI)

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