Police preparing for today’s events in front of the National Police Headquarters, in close proximity to the protests.
Police have blocked the entrance to the Royal Thai Police HQ just by Rachaprasong intersection, where protests are happening right now.
Police prepare for today’s protests, with water cannons, water trucks, pick-up trucks carrying chemical-laced water and border patrol units with shields.
Thai lawmakers were scheduled to vote on seven proposed constitutional reforms during a two-day joint session of the elected House and appointed Senate.The protesters say the constitution, written and enacted under military rule, is undemocratic.
Thailand Parliamentary Voting was taking place on Wednesday by the 487 members of parliament and 245 senators. It is expected to last several hours.
Constitutional changes require a joint vote of both houses and any motions that pass will need second and third votes in at least a month’s time.
The Monarchy and constitutional reform protest continues with thousands of demonstrators converged on parliament to put pressure on lawmakers discussing changes to the constitution. The protesters also want the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former army ruler, and to curb the powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
Bangkok’s Erawan Medical Centre said at least 55 people were hurt. It said at least 32 were suffering from teargas and six people had gunshot wounds. It did not say who might have used firearms.
“We tried to avoid clashes,” the deputy head of Bangkok police, Piya Tavichai, told a news conference. He said police had tried to push back protesters from parliament and to separate them and the yellow-shirted royalist counter-protesters.
Protesters advanced on police with makeshift shields, including inflatable pool ducks. After about six hours, police pulled back and abandoned their water trucks, which the protesters mounted and sprayed with graffiti.
Protesters were set to take to the streets of Bangkok on Wednesday, with pool ducks as their shield from police gun violence or water, pepper spray.
The latest unrest come aslawmakers in the capital were voting on potential changes to Thailand’s constitution. The youth-led protest movement is seeking to rewrite the constitution and oust coup leader turned Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, as well as reform the role of the monarchy.
Of the seven proposals up for a vote, only one would amend the role of the monarchy, and most lawmakers are opposed to it. Protesters argue King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s monarchy has enabled decades of military dominance over the country.
Tuesday, 17Nov 2020, Thailand saw its most violent day of protest since the pro-democracy movement began in July. Six people were shot with live rounds in violent confrontations with royalists near parliament that saw police use tear gas and water canon. More than 50 people were injured in the violence.
Pro-democracy activists and security forces have clashed once again in Bangkok, with police using tear gas and water cannons laced with irritating chemicals to stop protesters from entering the country’s parliament.
Student-led pro-democracy protesters in Thailand clashed with police, who sought to keep them from entering the parliament premises on Tuesday.
At least 50 people were wounded, including five who were reportedly shot, according to emergency services. It was unclear who fired the shots and whether they were live rounds or rubber bullets.
Further in brawl erupted some people were injured during a brawl between pro-democracy protesters and stone-throwing royalists who oppose constitutional changes.