Five Thai political activists were arrested Thursday when the
Bangkok metropolitan police demolished the stage of anti-coup
protesters at Sanam Luang (Royal Square), ahead of their planned mass
rally slated on Saturday, according to a local news media.
They were charged with obstructing officials on their duties
and refusing to obey officials’ orders after a brawl between the two
groups, local news group The Nation said.
More than 50 police officers and 80 officials of the Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration (BMA) raided the northern area of Sanam
Luang to remove the stage, which the protesters had been using to
attack the military and the government since March 5.
The five activists guarding the stage at the time were accused
of obstructing the officials and throwing glass bottles. Two police
officers were slightly injured while the five protesters were arrested
in the one-hour operation.
Rengsak Horarueng, director of Pranakorn district which Sanam
Luang locates in, said the protesters did not ask permission from his
office to use the area, so their actions were illegal.
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