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Yellow Shirts attack Red Shirts. UDD Leadership call for calm

Yellow Shirts vandalize pickup truck around noon, Tuesday

In Bangkok, Red Shirts and Yellow Shirts clashed in front of the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) offices on Phahon Yothin road after a violent mob of Yellow Shirts trashed the car of Red Shirt DJ Ko Tee around noon on Tuesday. The Yellow Shirts, who greatly out-numbered the Red Shirts for most of the day, threw water bottles and stones at the Red camp who attempted to defend themselves. Up to 600 police officers were deployed to control the situation and a Yellow Shirt protester was arrested for carrying a firearm. A Red Shirt protester suffered head injuries after being hit by a stone and was taken to hospital. Four other injuries were reported, including a news reporter.

As it becomes evermore apparent that the TRCT report delivers neither truth nor reconciliation, it is vital that the Red Shirts ignore provocations from the Yellow Shirts and their affiliates in the Democrat Party.

In response to the events, Red Shirt leader Thida Thavornseth said

I condemn today’s violence and ask all Red Shirts to refrain from violent acts. I also thank the police for controlling the situation to the best of their abilities.

The two sides had gathered to show their support for two opposing parties in an ongoing defamation investigation. Police were scheduled to interrogate a former teacher who accused Red Shirt Darunee Kritbunyalai of criticizing the monarchy a month ago, but the session was postponed as the situation outside deteriorated.

The mob of extremely agitated Yellow Shirts grew substantially in number as the morning went on. They shouted and taunted Red Shirts from behind a fence and a line of police officer. One man even set alight a miniature UDD flag.

A sizeable number of Yellow Shirt protesters  were extremely abusive towards both Red Shirts and police officers, issuing threats and smashing a Red Shirt vehicle. At one point, as a Yellow Shirt activist called for calm, it appeared as though they were arguing and almost fighting amongst themselves.

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