Thailand: Regime Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Protesters’ Heads

Regime violence will only increase number, resolve of protesters – sham elections being disrupted.

Several protesters have been sent to the hospital as police began firing tear gas, rubber bullets, and using chemical laden water fired from water canons at the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Din Daeng, Bangkok. Reports and images from the clashes indicate that police have been firing rubber bullets at the heads of protesters, an illegal method that will only escalate tensions and attract more protesters — as was seen early December when protesters began overwhelming police barricades at one government building after another, including police stations, ministry buildings and Government House.

Images: (Top) Protesters clashing outside the Thai-Japanese Stadium — Din Daeng, Bangkok. (Middle) A reporter with visible green armband is hit in the head by a rubber bullet — just one of an increasing number of casualties from today’s ongoing clashes. (Bottom) Hospitals begin receiving wounded — 20 casualties so far — from regime police using fire hoses spraying chemical-laden water, tear gas now effecting the densely populated urban district, and rubber bullets fired at protesters’ heads.

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Image: Election Commission officials evacuate from the Thai-Japanese Stadium as clashes escalate outside. Theregime’s sham elections, in which only their party was running, are only going to be further disrupted by the use of violence by the regime police. Additional protesters who had returned home after earlier clashes in December and the last mass mobilization, are now reportedly converging on the location.

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Proxy prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra — symbolically holding office in place for her brother, convicted criminal, fugitive, mass murderer, billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra — remains hundreds of miles away from the capital in the northern province of Chiang Mai, one of the last remaining strongholds of support for the regime.

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