Thailand: Anti-govt rallies likely to intensify: police

  • Anti-government protests in the capital could intensify in response to what the protesters have described as heavy-handed police tactics to contain them, according to the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB).
  • Clashes between protesters and police are likely to grow in intensity and more violent, said deputy commissioner Pol Maj Gen Piya Tawichai, citing the bureau’s intelligence sources.
  • The police have stumbled on spikes strewn allegedly by the protesters on roads around Din Daeng intersection where they have engaged in daily clashes with police. Pol Maj Gen Piya said the spikes were a danger to motorists and the police. He added that government properties may be torched during future rallies.
  • The predominantly young protesters on motorcycles, who call themselves members of the Thalu Gas group, announced a break from protests 24 Aug 21 and it remains unclear when they will resume. Pol Maj Gen Piya said the latest clash on 23 Aug 21 afternoon saw the protesters hurling objects, such as marbles, firecrackers, petrol and ping-pong bombs, at police stationed around the intersection.

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