Thai police use rubber bullets to disperse protest against Apec summit

Anti-government protesters hold placards while wearing nooses around their necks during a protest against the Apec 2022 summit in Bangkok on Nov 18, 2022. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BANGKOK – Thai police on Friday fired rubber bullets to disperse a protest against the Apec summit in Bangkok, a police official in charge of the event’s security task force said.

About 350 protesters gathered and clashed with police, Mr Ashyan Kraithong said, about 10km from the venue where leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) group are meeting.

Videos on social media showed protesters trying to overturn a police car, throwing projectiles and charging at police, while officers in riot gear advanced on them with shields and beat them back with batons.

Youth activist Patsaravalee ‘Mind’ Tanakitvibulpon, who was at the demonstration, said people were protesting against the Apec summit and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.

“The police have overreacted. They are using rubber bullets on us and tried to stop us many times,” he told Reuters.

Police arrested 10 protesters.

“The protesters broke the law, physically assaulted police officers,” Mr Ashyan said, adding that five officers were injured. REUTERS

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